Welcome to GMYN's website

Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) is a not-for-profit organisation working to enable young people and organisations to participate, develop and achieve. We aim to do this by offering a variety of activities that will engage and empower young people and by capacity building the organisations that work with them.

GMYN's main area of expertise is in youth volunteering; supporting young people to volunteer locally and abroad. We also support a network of voluntary youth organisations in their work with children and young people and work with European partners on a variety of projects.

Manchester Youth Council

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Are you aged 13 – 18, passionate about making a difference in the area you live, interested in campaigning and influencing decisions that Manchester City Council make?

If so, this could be just the thing for you!

Manchester City Council are inviting young people to join Local Youth Panels, who will work on issues in their areas and also the Manchester Youth Council, who will work on city-wide issues.

We are holding events in August in North, Central and East Manchester to give people an opportunity to find out more information. Please find information attached and contact GMYN (details below) to book your place.

This is a great opportunity to have your voice HEARD!

To get involved contact Fiona on fiona.shirley@gmyn.co.uk


Project See V – Skills, employment and enjoyment through volunteering

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

After 4 months of volunteering activities and employability training, the Project See V group will graduate tomorrow. The group have been involved in a variety of different volunteering activities with a range of charities in Manchester. The activities have included gardening at Debdale Eco Centre, conservation at Hulme Garden Centre, a First Aid course through the Red Cross and a cooking course through the homeless charity Mustard Tree.
The young people have been encouraged to look at what skills they have gained from the volunteering and have also had training on job interview technique and CV writing. Several members of the group have progressed onto long term volunteering opportunities and employment.

FREE road safety driving training for young people (pre-driving age)

July 12, 2012 Leave a comment

GMYN is working in partnership with UPS and UK Youth to deliver a new FREE exciting road safety training course for young people across Manchester.

UPS Road Code is a new training programme designed to teach young people who are pre-driving age about the hazards of driving and raise awareness of road safety.

The training makes use of useful practical content and workshops that have been designed by UPS to make young people aged 14-17 see the dangers they will face in the future as drivers and also as pedestrians.

As well as this, the training will include the use of two fantastic driving simulators that the young participants will use and gain the experience of what it is like to drive a car! This is a great opportunity for your group to offer this free training to your young people and help raise the awareness and importance of road safety.The sessions will be running across the summer and will consist of two 3.5 hour sessions taking place on Saturday mornings.

As the training is free the slots will be a first come first served allocation. The first training dates will be Saturday 28th July and the following Saturday 4th August. The training will take place at GMYN’s office in Ardwick Green.

There are 15 places available for each session. It is expected that the same young people will attend both sessions and a certificate of attendance and a “goody bag” will be given to all participants.

If you wish to find out more and book spaces for your group then please get in touch asap so that we can confirm details with you


0161 274 3377


Job vacancy at Greater Manchester Youth Network

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) is looking to recruit an appropriately skilled/experienced worker to plan, deliver and administer a range of informal learning sessions and volunteering activities for disadvantaged young people who are in care and also care leavers aged 13-18 in Oldham and Bury.

Project Coordinator

Part Time – £23,708 NJC Point 28 – pro rata for 28 hours a week

 (The post is funded until September 2014)

Applications for secondment are welcomed.

Please see our job vacancies page for more information.




Please support GMYN by making a donation – Matchfunded for a limited time only!

May 16, 2012 Leave a comment

GMYN has registered for localgiving.com

Localgiving.com is a social enterprise owned by the Community Foundation Network (CFN) and the Ardbrack Foundation, both registered charities dedicated to supporting local charities. Unlike other online giving websites that only list charities large enough to be registered with the Charity Commission, Localgiving.com includes small, local charities and community organisations that work hard to make your community a better place.

GMYN is looking for small donations that we can use to support our various projects that need this vital funding.

We would be grateful for any support and at the moment all donations will be matchfunded so GMYN will receive double the funding!

All the information regarding the projects and how to donate is on GMYN’s localgiving website – http://localgiving.com/charity/gmyn

Thanks for your support!

Chances – New project for young women in Wythenshawe

Greater Manchester Youth Network has secured funding to deliver the Chances project in Wythenshawe. This is a 6 session project for young women 13-19 who live in the Wythenshawe district centred on the beneficial effects of volunteering. Throughout the project is a strong emphasis on positive women role models and providing a variety of activities and information than those typically offered to girls and young women. More information about the project can be found here.

How you might get invovled?

·         If you are working with a group of young women 13-19 from Wythenshawe and interested in hosting the Chances programme.

·         If you are a not-for-profit organisation and can provide a taster volunteering session either within or outside of the Wythenshawe district.

·         If you are a young women aged 13-19 living in Wythenshawe and would like to take part in the programme.

Contact Myrtle on myrtle.finley@gmyn.co.uk or 0161 274 3299


Who Wants To Be An Entrepreneur.

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

The Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur Programme? is a fun and interactive programme, that gives young people the opportunity to develop their business skills and bring their ideas into fruition.  It has a social action element attached to it and the young people lean the importance of community and charity.

The Programme is for 13 -19 year olds living in the following areas, Higher Blackley, Crumpsall, Cheetham Hill, Harpurhey, Moston, Charlestown, Whalley Range, City Centre, Moss Side, Hulme.



The programme focuses on

What makes an entrepreneur, how businesses get people to buy their products, budgeting, marketing, social action, pricing policies and values of companies

For more information please contact Joe Cain or Fiona Shirleyby phone on 0161 274 3299 or by email at joe.cain@gmyn.co.uk or fiona.shirley@gmyn.co.uk

The first Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur? Programme has been sucessfully completed and the group raised over 150 pound for their chosen charities.  We are currently looking for pre established groups of young people aged between 13 – 19 to run this programme with.

We are also recruiting individual young people for the open access session that we have coming up in June 2012. The dates for this programme are as follows.    Thursday 14th of June 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 21st of June 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 21st of June 5.30pm – 7.30pm,  Thursday 28th of June 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 5th of July 5.30pm – 7.30pm,  Thursday, Thursday 19th July 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 26th of July 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 2nd of August 5.30pm – 7.30pm.