Who we are


So what actually goes on in the big yellow building on Rochdale Road, North Manchester? Manchester Youth Zone, North West Charity of the Year for 2019/2020, is (at its most basic!) a children’s charity for young people aged 6-19 (25 for those with additional needs). The Youth Zone has over 1000 visits every week, and we work to raise our members aspirations and equip them with the tools to increase their confidence, build positive relationships and add something back to their own community.

Somewhere to go.

A safe place that’s open when schools are shut. A place that’s got: a warm welcome, a bright lively environment and somewhere young people can take part in positive activities, make new friends, learn new skills and have new experiences. 

Something to do.

We offer over 20 different activities per evening. Whether it’s having a roller disco, personal training in the gym, earning a bike by committing to our bike maintenance course or writing and performing plays, plus there’s a climbing wall, boxing gym, music room and much more in between!

Someone to talk to.

From relationships with Youth Workers on session, to one to one support from volunteer mentors – every voice is heard. There’s a real emphasis on offering young people positive role models and supporting their needs.

A Worthwhile Cause

Manchester Youth Zone is located in Harpurhey, the 2nd worst ward in England for the effect of long term deprivation on children, just outside Manchester city centre. Many in the surrounding area are vulnerable to poor educational attainment, future worklessness and to developing antisocial or offending behaviour.

In the local area:

  • Unemployment is 16.2% (national rate 7.5%)
  • 48% of families live below the poverty line
  • 11% of 16-18 year olds are not in employment, education or training

The Youth Zone aims to provide young people with opportunities to make constructive use of their leisure time, raise their aspirations and choose a positive, independent lifestyle.

Our facilities include; a full-size sports hall with 8m high climbing wall, 3G outdoor sports pitch, dance studio, music and media suites, theatre, arts room, boxing gym, fully equipped fitness suite, sensory room, recreational area and café.

We offer structured evening sessions as well as targeted provisions throughout the school day to enable us to make a positive impact on young lives across Manchester.

Some of our more targeted work includes:

  • Mentoring: a programme which provides weekly one-to-one support to members of all ages
  • Employability: support into work through a tailored 6 – 8 week programme
  • Junior Choices: a preventative programme aimed at 9-12 year old’s at risk of offending
  • Sports Leaders: to enable, educate and empower young people through sport

We believe that all young people should be able to access the same opportunities and our skilled staff work hard to ensure this.


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