New Wheels For MYZ

NEW WHEELS FOR MYZ Last month we were blown away with a donation of a brand new mini bus from our incredible supporters CarFinance 247!Throughout the pandemic, we have noticed a considerable decrease in young peoples physical health and over …
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A Brighter Sound

A Brighter Sound Over the past few months, we have been working with Brighter Sound, a creative music project who develop the music creators, leaders and industry professionals of the future. Initially starting out as a ‘drop-in’ style music activity …
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What’s Cooking MYZ?

WOWOWOW – events are back at MYZ!After 18 long months of restrictions and zoom calls, we were delighted to be able to properly reopen our doors to the people who make it possible for us to do what we do …
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A Bloomin’ Awesome Day!

a bloomin’ awesome day! As part of Sustainability Week, we were joined by an incredible team of sustainable warriors from KeolisAmey Metrolink!From drab, to fab – they completely transformed our allotment area donating not just their time but also a …
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Goodbye from Richard

Goodbye from richard “After nearly 7 years, this week marks my last as CEO of Manchester Youth Zone before I hand over the reins.Throughout that time, I have seen; MYZ become embraced by the city and communities it serves, commitment …
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“I can’t believe I was having a joke with the CEO of CarFinance”

“I can’t believe I was having a joke with the CEO of CarFinance” … That’s just one of the quotes to come out of the incredible sessions held this week!Let us start at the beginning, what is a ‘Business Shower’ …
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Radequal – Challenging Extremism in our Community

MYZ and our partners –  Nurturing Foundations, Mad Theatre, and New Testament Church Of God – have been working together on the RADEQUAL project. RADEQUAL is aimed at getting into communities and neighbourhoods early, having honest and often difficult conversations …
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4229 down … 0 to go!

4229 down… 0 to go! What an action packed few weeks we’ve had at MYZ! In the run up to the Easter Holidays (which are now in full swing with lots of happy faces activities both inside and outside the building!), …
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International Women's Day

Careers & Enterprise Activities for International Women’s Day

Manchester Youth Zone’s Careers & Enterprise Hub held a series of events for young people to celebrate International Women’s Day and help young people access Careers support they were not able to receive during Lockdown. Usually, we would be running these …
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Manchester Youth Zone Members Fight Period Poverty

MYZ PERIOD POVERTY MANCHESTER YOUTH ZONE MEMBERS BATTLE PERIOD POVERTY As a children’s charity, Manchester Youth Zone is passionate about giving young people a voice and a platform to get involved in social action and make a stand for what …
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Manchester Youth Zone CEO Richard Marsh announces retirement and intention to swap North Manchester for the hills of the countryside

Chief Executive Richard Marsh announces his plans to retire this Easter, following 6 years at Manchester Youth Zone, and a career spanning 38 years dedicated to supporting young people most at a disadvantage. Staff at the Youth Zone expressed their …
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Youth Charity Manchester Youth Zone provide over 1000 meals to families in Manchester despite looming two-week lockdown and staff self-isolating

Adapting to change, breaking boundaries and overcoming obstacles are some of children’s charity Manchester Youth Zone’s (MYZ) core values – its embedded in all that they do, and with the pandemic throwing more curve balls than ever, this ethos has …
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One man, three counties, 100 miles, and over £2500 raised for North West Charity of the Year Manchester Youth Zone!

Whilst some heroes wear capes, others wear lycra. That’s how MoneyPlus Groups Commercial Director, Jonathan Mills arrived at MYZ at 7am on Sunday morning ready to take on his MYZ100 challenge! With the support of Ben Mills and Simeon Livesey, …
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BE THE CHANGE

We see the world through a lens of limitless possibilities – and as we continue to push ourselves and breakthrough boundaries, we need you to unite and join us on our mission. Introducing … MYZ 100 What is it? 2020 …
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Children’s Charity Struck By Vandals

North West Charity of the Year, Manchester Youth Zone (MYZ), has become victim to senseless vandalism over the weekend. Graffiti sprayed on the side of the purpose built centre, situated in the heart of the community in Harpurhey, which in …
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Manchester Youth Zone and CarFinance 247 team up to battle Holiday Hunger

CarFinance 247 and children’s charity Manchester Youth Zone (MYZ) have united to battle holiday hunger, providing nearly 4,000 meals for young people and their families across North Manchester over what, in normal times, would be the Summer Holidays. Young people …
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OVER 400 AID PACKS DELIVERED TO FAMILIES ACROSS NORTH MANCHESTER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HOLIDAY HUNGER

Children’s charity Manchester Youth Zone has responded to local lockdown measures by adapting its fundamental Holiday Club programme. The programme funded by Manchester business CarFinance 247, aims to help tackle holiday hunger in North Manchester, an area which sees over …
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Help and advice for that online interview

Check out this week’s Guest Blog from Sandrine. She talks you through the Do; and Dont’s of online interviews and how to prepare yourself for that life-changing interview. Click the link and get started http://www.manchesteryz.org/guest-blog/ …
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Help and Support

If you need to speak to somebody during the Pandemic then there are many services out there who can offer help and advice. We have compiled a list of organisations and how to contact them if you need help. Young …
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Community Cafe Update

Manchester Youth Zone is working on a reopening date over the summer this will be informed by guidance from the relevant authorities as we seek to protect young people, staff, volunteers, and the North Manchester Community from further COVID 19 …
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Need to Talk?

Even though the Youth Zone has closed it’s doors it doesn’t mean that you can’t talk to us. If you need to talk to somebody about anything then we will be online via Facebook at the times above. Alternatively, you …
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WEEKLY BLOGS

Have you seen our new weekly blogs? Click the image to visit the pages Each week our Youth Workers, Jermane, Beth, Corrina, and Hannah will be writing a little something to help you through your time at home during the …
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MYZ Overwhelmed by #MYZHomeHero‘s

An amazing £10,953 (and counting!) has been raised via the 2.6 Challenge to enable support for young people to continue. To the table tennis gamers, 26 tshirt wearers, stair climbers, cyclists, skippers, quizzers, hair shavers, Zumba dancers, bakers, plankers, runners …
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A Message of Condolence from our CEO

Our friend and colleague, Mike Doran. It is with great sadness that we learnt on Saturday morning that Mike had passed away in hospital following a three week battle with COVID-19. From all at Manchester Youth Zone, we send our …
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Become an #MYZHomeHero

Dream big and become an #MYZHomeHero by taking part in the 2.6 Challenge to help raise money for Manchester Youth Zone. With new government measures, invitations are rare these days but Manchester Youth Zone want to invite you, your friends, …
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Newsletter

Covid-19 Statement

An Update from our CEO: Richard Marsh. These are unforeseen and untravelled times and we at MYZ are doing all that we can to help delay the spread of Covid-19, closely following Government advice for the UK. As we all …
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MeANS Christmas

Our wonderful Founder Patrons, ANS, once again launched their annual MeANS Christmas campaign to treat some of our members who deserve it most this year. ANS are given a list of 30 young people from the Youth Zone who have …
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MoneyPlus Group and CarFinance 247 become Christmas Elves for Young People in need this Christmas

This Christmas, employees from two city centre based businesses, MoneyPlus Group and CarFinance 247, have played the part of Christmas Elves and have been buying gifts, food and more to help make Christmas extra special for families who may otherwise …
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Christmas Wishes Come True for MYZ Members

This Christmas, Manchester Youth Zone, in partnership with Bruntwood and Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) are launching the ultimate Christmas campaign to give young people across Manchester the Christmas they deserve. Based in Harpurhey, North Manchester – Manchester Youth Zone operates …
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Members Attend Inspirational ‘One Young World’ Summit

A fantastic opportunity for Mo, Savannah, Hallie and Samuel, four of our Senior members who attended the One Young World Summit in London. The annual event brings together the most talented young leaders from global and national companies, universities and …
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THE MANCHESTER BALL RAISES £53,000 FOR MANCHESTER’S YOUNG PEOPLE

Supported by companies across the City and beyond, the annual Manchester Ball once again took place on Friday 8th November.2019 marked the 32nd anniversary of the ball, an independent fundraising dinner which donates 100% of its proceeds each year to …
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Jacksonville Jaguars Invite Young People to Wembley

The Jacksonville Jaguars invited five of our Senior Members to Wembley Stadium in London to watch their NFL (American Football) Game against Houston Texans on Sunday 3rd November. These young people were part of the Jag Tag Programme with with …
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The First Inclusion Cup

On Sunday 20th October 2019 we held the first ever Inclusion Cup, with the aims of engaging young people with additional needs and disabilities in sports. Seven Youth Zones brought down a total of 76 young people with additional needs/disabilities …
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#ThisYouthCan Awards 2019

On Wednesday 16th October, we held our 2nd annual #ThisYouthCan awards to celebrate some of the fantastic achievements of our young people. As we continue to be inspired by the strength, resilience and determination of our young people – we …
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Manchester Youth Zone Wins North West Charity of the Year Award 2019

A Message From Our CEO, Richard Marsh: On Friday night, we attended the North West Charity of the Year Awards held at The Principal Hotel in Manchester. The event is held to celebrate achievements within third sector organisations across the …
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A ‘Zoo’per Day Thanks to ANS

On Friday 23rd August, ANS kindly arranged to take a group of young people to Chester Zoo. The sun was shining and as the school holidays came to an end, it was great to see both our Juniors and Seniors …
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STEM Holiday Club Week 2: STEM Harder

Manchester Youth Zone’s Summer Holiday Club went off to a flying start in the first week (click here to read all about it!) and there were lots more interesting and fun STEM sessions this week! Monday Fatbergs with Lanes Group …
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Holiday Club is Back – Now With Added STEM!

After the massive successes of previous Holiday Clubs at Manchester Youth Zone, our Smart Futures project has added a little twist by including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) activities to the usual sports and arts young people enjoy while …
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CarFinance247 Join MYZ Holiday Club – Guest Blog

During the May school holidays, we ran another Holiday Club to support young people who suffer from ‘Holiday Hunger’ – we provide them with nutritious meals and tons of activities to make the most out of their week! The wonderful …
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Lights, Camera, #JDTakeover

On Saturday, thanks to The JD Foundation, JD were back for another #JDtakeover here at MYZ… and what a fantastic session it was. JD brought down their Studio Team, giving our members the FULL photoshoot experience inclusive of models, backdrops, …
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Manchester Bee Hive: Guest Post

Welcome to Manchester Bee Hive – a hub for young people at Manchester Youth Zone to use their voice and share their views and anything they are passionate about! There are no limits to what topics young people want to …
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Smart Futures “TechOver” of Manchester Youth Zone

MYZ: TechOver was the latest of Smart Futures’ Careers Fairs which saw over 200 young people meet employers from a wide variety of sectors to learn how technology is used in different workplaces. TechOver brought local primary and secondary schools, …
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Code Club 2018

Code Club was a 10 week course run by e3creative who taught our young people how to design, create and program their very own websites! e3creative are an award winning digital agency and have built websites and apps for many …
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Darts Tournament – Flight Club

TEAM COSTS £500: • 6 PLAYERS • 4 DRINKS PER PERSON • PIZZA AND SNACKS With boomerang cameras, an exclusive area, and the opportunity to raise funds for young people across the City – this tournament is not one to …
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Together Money Graduates’ Auction Raises over £2000 for MYZ!

A few months ago we shared the story of graduates from Together Money – Dina, Diana, and Michelle – undertaking the Gold Paperclip Challenge! The graduates started with a gold paperclip, and they were tasked with trading their paperclip for …
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EasyFundraising Walkthrough

As Black Friday and Cyber Monday loom, we wanted to tell you about a little way you can help raise additional funds for the Youth Zone whilst you do your Christmas shopping. The best part??? It’s completely free for you …
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Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham Hosts Q&A at Youth Zone

As part of our #HomeIsHere project, our young people came up with questions for Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester. #HomeIsHere aims to develop young people to make the most of their voice and to tackle extremism by encouraging …
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Together Money does ‘Employee Fundraising’ with a Difference!

During September, Together Money’s Graduate students came over to visit us at the Youth Zone, where they were tasked with the Gold Paperclip Challenge. Inspired by Canadian Blogger, Kyle MacDonald’s Red Paperclip Challenge, each graduate was given a gold paperclip …
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MoneyPlus joins the rally to stop Holiday Hunger with Manchester Youth Zone

Since launching their first Holiday Club back in July, Manchester Youth Zone has continued to have Holiday Hunger at the forefront of their minds. This October half term they have joined forces with lifestyle solutions company, MoneyPlus, to keep tackling …
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Smart Futures: Legal Sector Workshops

This October Half Term, our Smart Futures project has been running workshops to give young people in North Manchester an opportunity to meet professionals and learn more about the legal sector. 22 young people aged 14-18 spent three days out …
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#ThisYouthCan Awards 2018

Last week we hosted Manchester Youth Zone’s first ever #ThisYouthCan Awards, kindly sponsored by e3creative! Supporters, friends, and family joined us to celebrate the achievements of young people in North Manchester.  We are always grateful to our supporters for all …
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MYZ at North West Charity Awards 2018

This summer we were nominated for three awards at the North West Charity Awards. On Friday 12th October 2018, a group of our staff went to represent Manchester Youth Zone at the awards ceremony and celebrate the impact of charities …
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NCS – National Citizen Service at Manchester Youth Zone

Manchester Youth Zone will be delivering the National Citizen Service programme (NCS) starting in the Autumn Half Term. The National Citizen Service programme is a once in a lifetime experience for 15-17 year olds that helps develop their confidence and …
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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

On the 23rd September 2018, a brave team from all walks of life (and all types of fitness levels) set off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa standing at 5,895 metres! – to raise money for …
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MYZ Adventure on Bee in the City Trail

The Bee in the City sculptures only have a few weeks left in the wild before they’re auctioned off for the We Love Manchester Fund (don’t worry – Harpurbee will be staying put at the Youth Zone) so some of …
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So Far at Manchester Youth Zone’s Holiday Club

School’s our for summer, and Holiday Club at Manchester Youth Zone is well underway! It’s been a hectic few weeks with dozens of young people running around, playing games and getting to know each other – but it’s been a …
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Youth Zone Shortlisted for North West Charity Awards

Earlier this month we shared the news that our Junior Choices programme was awarded Community Project of the Year at the UKFast Community Education Awards. Now we’re on a roll and have been shortlisted for three more awards at the …
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Charity Golf Day at The Mere

We can’t believe a week has already gone by since our Charity Golf Day at The Mere, kindly supported by MPG Legal. The sun was shining, the rain stayed away and our wonderful golfers raised an amazing £16,000 for the …
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Harpurbee Creates Buzz Around MYZ

We’re buzzin’ to introduce you to Harpurbee, one of over a hundred bee sculptures marking Manchester’s landmarks and hidden gems. Manchester’s iconic worker bee emblem was the inspiration for Bee in the City, bringing Manchester’s local communities and visitors together …
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Junior Choices Programme Wins UKFast’s Community Project of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that we were shortlisted for two awards at UKFast’s Community Education Awards, which took place Wednesday 11th July. Not only were two of our Young Leaders shortlisted for ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’, our Junior …
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Youth Zone CLOSED This Weekend

Sorry, but the Youth Zone will be closed this weekend, 21st and 22nd of July 2018 – we’re taking our members to the Tatton Park Flower Show. Apologies for any inconvenience …
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UKFast and Department for Education Tackle ‘Holiday Hunger’

We are happy to announce that we will be working alongside both UKFast and Department for Education to help tackle ‘holiday hunger’, where families with children who receive free school meals during term time aren’t always able to provide those …
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Ch-Ch-Changes

It’s official and it’s VERY exciting … even if we do say so ourselves. The Factory Youth Zone, the iconic yellow building standing on Rochdale Road, is moving on to its next chapter as it becomes the ‘Manchester Youth Zone’ …
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Joe Gallagher Unveils Plans for New Boxing Academy

Today, world-renowned boxing trainer, Joe Gallagher, has unveiled his plans to launch The Joe Gallagher Academy at the start of the 2018/19 academic year. Manchester-born Joe Gallagher’s stable of boxers cover the North West, and include household names such as …
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Planting the Seeds in Our New Allotment Project

Those of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter will have been keeping up with the construction of our new Allotment Project over the last few weeks. For anybody who doesn’t follow us on social media (trust me, you’re …
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Presidents Cup 2018

Last Saturday, 20 of our young people traveled to The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton to compete in the President’s Cup, an annual competition for all of OnSide’s youth zones in the country. Team FYZ had a big day ahead …
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Young Leader Hallie-Codie wins Inspiring Young Woman Award!

We’re delighted to announce that our Young Leader and member, Hallie-Codie Lusty, has won the ‘Inspiring Young Woman’ award at the 26th annual ‘Inspiring Women Awards’! Hallie-Codie, who is currently at college studying fashion and textiles, says “I never thought …
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Alec Mudimu on Zimbabwe Football Debut

Back in March, we shared the amazing news that Alec Mudimu – whose journey at FYZ took him from Factory Member, to Volunteer, and now Staff Member – had received an international call-up to go and play for Zimbabwe’s international …
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The Road to the President’s Cup 2018

We’re all incredibly excited for Onside’s President’s Cup 2018, where youth zones from all across the country compete for fame and glory (and hopefully some bragging rights)! Check out our music video for the President’s Cup, featuring the long-awaited debut …
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The Factory Brew – The Best of British

The Factory Brew’s Theme Nights return with a patriotic bang with an exclusive “Best of British” menu at Thursday 10th May’s Junior Session. We’ve got a whole slew of British classics, including Jumbo Sausage Rolls, Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pud …
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NO JUNIOR SESSION – 3rd May

There will be no Junior Session on Thursday, 3rd May 2018, due to The Factory Youth Zone being used as a polling station for the local elections. Sorry for any inconvenience! If you have registered, please remember to vote! …
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Factory CLOSED this Sunday (29th April)

The Factory Youth Zone will be CLOSED this Sunday (29/04/2018) as the Factory Sunday group will be going cycling off-site. Hope you all have a great weekend! …
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Community Reporters: The Yellow Block of Harpurhey

Two weeks ago, Young Leaders Jake and Jak started training to become Community Reporters and have filmed a documentary about the impact The Factory Youth Zone has had in Harpurhey over the last 6 years since we opened. FYZ regulars …
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Eggucating Manchester

It only takes a couple of chickens to send the whole Youth Zone a bit giddy – this week we were pleased for Eggucation to visit the Juniors with a couple of hens. Eggucation work to provide an engaging experience …
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Slam-Dunk Your Way to saturDAYS!

Don’t forget we’ve got Senior Basketball sessions every Saturday, 10.30-12pm… our new coach, Ron, will be teaching you how to shoot 3-pointers and do that trick where you spin the ball on your finger in no time! Bring your friends! …
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Police Minister Visits FYZ

The Factory Youth Zone was pleased to host a visit yesterday morning by Police Minister, Nick Hurd MP. This was part of the launch of the Government’s ‘Serious Violence Strategy’. Nick Hurd MP saw our work with young people as …
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Eggs-tra Easter Eggs from Autizma and Wood Street Mission

Big thanks to Autizma and Wood Street Mission, who have kindly donated an elevator full of eggs-tra chocolate eggs they had left over from Easter Sunday. I’m sure our young people are egg-cited to get their hands on them! Autizma …
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Invitation to County Lines Artwork Exhibition

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of The Factory Youth Zone’s ‘County Lines’ exhibition at Neo on Thursday 19th April 2018, from 5-7pm. Whilst providing a fun and informal place for young people to spend time, we …
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The Factory Youth Zone CLOSED for Easter Sunday

The Factory Youth Zone is CLOSED for Easter Sunday – we will be back to usual service on Monday for the Senior Session! Wishing you all a Happy Easter, and thanks for being #GoodEggs 🙂 …
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From GCA to Harpurhey

On Thursday we organised a trip for our wonderful new supporters, GCA Altium, to send 23 of their staff to visit us here at The Factory Youth Zone. We supplied the party with pick ‘n’ mix for their journey from …
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Thanks to our Work Experience Students!

Big thanks to Angela, Edith, Faith, Michael, and Ethan – they came to The Factory Youth Zone for work experience from Our Lady’s RC High School as part of out Smart Futures programme and over the last two weeks they …
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Bee Happy!

Yesterday we celebrated the International Day of Happiness at The Factory Youth Zone! Take a look at what makes some of our Junior Members happy 🙂 …
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From Youth Work to International Football

We’re delighted to share with you that The Factory Youth Zone’s very own Alec Mudimu has been called up for the Zimbabwe international football team! Prior to The Factory opening, Alec was thinking about quitting football altogether. “There was nothing …
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Brand New Cooking Club

The Factory Youth Zone is starting a new Cooking Club in The Lantern every Wednesday at 7.15pm, where Seniors can learn how to cook simple, delicious and nutritious meals. Keep your eye out for future Jamie Olivers coming out of …
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For the Love of Construction!

It’s hard to find anything louder than the Junior Sessions on Fridays, but last month’s ‘Have a Go’ construction event shattered all expectations. Nearly 200 young people from primary and high schools across Greater Manchester joined us on Valentine’s Day …
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Big Thanks to e3creative!

We’d like to thank e3creative for their amazing support – they have recently provided us 9 new iMacs to improve our technological offering to young people. They will also be supporting our coding club with their incredible skills and expertise …
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Introducing: All-New saturDAYS!

Great news! We have an all-new session on Saturdays for Juniors and Seniors to enjoy! Introducing… saturDAYS! 10.30-2.00pm: Juniors and Seniors are invited to join us for sports and fitness activities. 2.00-5.30pm: Girls, aged 10-18, can stay at The Factory …
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Spoken Word, Poetry and Drama Groups

Here’s a super exciting creative group starting soon! If you’re aged 13-25, living in Manchester and identify as disabled, join spoken word poet ‘J’ Ahmed where you will be looking at ideas surrounding your independence, your rights, and your choices. It’s a chance to look at …
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Our next Juniors cafe themed night is…

PIE NIGHT! Join us on 15th March for some delicious, traditional pies …
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BRAND NEW saturDAYS SESSION

We are very excited to announce our BRAND NEW SaturDAYS session, will launch on the 17th March. We hope to see you all then! …
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Recycling Poster Competition Winner… Announced

Congratulations to one of our Junior members, Lexie, who won first prize in our recent competition with her beautiful poster. “Love the world? Recycle paper to save the trees!” …
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Unity Radio – The NGY opportunity for young people

Unity Radio has offered The Factory a great opportunity for our members. There are limited spaces available – please see the flyer and watch the video below for more information. If you are interested please see Michael on Senior sessions …
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Happy Valentines Day, Factory Youth Zone!

This video was filmed and sent out to our sponsors on Valentine’s Day. It was filmed by young leader Jake Lindley, who joined us age 10 in 2012. Thanks Jake!   …
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6-4 to FYZ

Our Senior boy’s football team won 6 – 4 yesterday against Active Communities. Nice one lads! …
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Thanks to our visitors from Ukraine!

Thank you to Katherine, a youth worker at the Lviv Regional Youth Centre, and her mum, who came and visited The Factory all the way from Ukraine to find out more about what we do. We are glad you were …
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We love it when our supporters are as proud to shout about what we do as we are

Thank you, Bruntwood, for featuring us so beautifully on your website. Thank you for all the wonderful support you have given us over time as well! …
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Congratulations to our wonderful young leader, Mo

Congratulations Mo! from Ellie Fyz on Vimeo. Well done for winning your Community award from Smile Aid …
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Have A Go: For the Love of Construction Valentines Event

Join us on Valentine’s Day to meet up with professionals from the construction industry, and learn all about the different roles and paths into construction. This is an opportunity to have a go at traditional trades such as bricklaying and …
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Job Vacancies

Check out our vacancies page to see the latest jobs available at The Factory …
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Introducing our new monthly themed food night at The Factory!

From now on, we will be hosting a themed night at The Factory Brew for our members. The first of this new series of events will be next Thursday, 8th February, and will be Mexican themed food! Hope to see …
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Juniors Recycling Competition at The Factory Youth Zone

We love recycling at The Factory Youth Zone, yes we do! Recycle in our brand new recycling bins and enter our poster competition! …
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Michael John’s Dance Competition Team

Based on the success of the last workshop, Michael John (ex-FYZ member and Britain’s Got Talent choreographer) wants to get a new dance group together of our Senior members in order to enter competitions all across Manchester! Trials start on …
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Congratulations to 6 of our young people for completing their Silver Duke of Edinburgh!

Although it’s over a year since completing the Duke of Edinburgh Silver assessed expeditions, all 6 participants have now received their Silver award certificates and badges. Congratulations everyone! …
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24th December #fyzadvent

It’s time to let our ‘mince spies’ retire for a year – but first we have our final advent door. Yesterday @ANSgroup brought lots of Christmas presents to give out to our young people. Thank you so much for your …
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23rd December #fyzadvent

A group of three young leaders visited Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre and taught some of the older generation how to use their smart phones. No one managed to escape without a selfie and a snapchat filter! #2DaysToGo …
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22nd December #fyzadvent

Our ‘mince spies’ were greeted by AO whose employees have been super generous in donating presents for our young people. Thank you so much! #3DaysToGo …
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21st December #fyzadvent

At the Factory, we are proud of our inclusion and our work with young people with additional needs. We work extremely hard to ensure that the needs of all young people are met: in order that they can grow, express …
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20th December #fyzadvent

Today we had a festive family fun day organised by GMP and boy, oh boy, what fun it was! Thank you to all involved and all that came. Only #5DaysToGo can you believe it?! …
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19th December #fyzadvent

Jermane and James took four Junior members and four young leaders to Disneyland Paris – 10 first class flights and tickets to Disneyland Paris donated by British Airways and Disneyland. The young people went with families affected by the attack …
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18th December #fyzadvent

Dragos is one of our young people and here he is playing bass guitar at a Sing City event, held at the Royal Northern College of Music. He started playing bass less than 12 months ago with Phil, the music …
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18th December #fyzadvent

Having never climbed before, Braedan plucked up the courage to try our climbing wall and made it all the way to the top. Massive well done Braedan, we are all really proud! #8DaysToGo #FYZadvent …
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16th December #fyzadvent

Some our young people taking part in the Smart Futures Project attended a career evening at The Lowry Theatre yesterday to gain an insight in to their working world. They explored how they can get work in the industry along …
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15th December #fyzadvent

Yesterday was the final session of a 10 week programme for Junior Choices – a 10 week programme that uses sports, arts and adventures to instil confidence, self-worth, leadership skills and positive role models in the lives of young people …
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14th December #fyzadvent

Last night FYZ staff members Jermane and James took two of our young leaders, Jack and Jak, to watch the United match in the Knights Box after the prize was kindly donated by Tony Cahill from City Glass. The lads …
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13th December #fyzadvent

Rebecca has recently completed the ‘Get A Job’ programme, on which she gained 100% attendance. Upon completion of the course Rebecca had a successful work trial with Wagamama and will be working in their kitchen team training as a chef …
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12th December #fyzadvent

We’re all ready and excited to welcome Vestacare, our lovely most regular customers, to The Factory Brew for their private Christmas party. Merry Christmas Vestacare, from everyone at The Factory! …
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11th December #fyzadvent

Today we are celebrating yet another successful round of FAC5! FAC5 is 5 week targeted programme for Years 2- 4 to give them a flavour of the sessions and activities offered here at The Factory. #fyzadvent #14DaysToGo The next round …
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10th December #fyzadvent

This year on International Women’s Day, some of our Senior members let us know what they were thinking about. They are here to inspire the next generation! #15DaysToGo …
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9th December #fyzadvent

Today we are celebrating all of our young leaders in general. Since the start of Learn2Lead, there are have been over 1,200 volunteering attendances by young people! They have been at The Factory, the National Football Museum, and a number …
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8th December #fyzadvent

18 year old Jaymee, has recently completed the ‘Get a Job’ course and is looking to start a career in the technology industry. She has been invited for an interview with one of our founder patrons ANS this Friday.  Wish …
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7th December #fyzadvent #tbt

My HOBY Residential Leadership Programme Lancaster University, April 2017 My time at HOBY was so fulfilling! Since I was the oldest it felt odd at the beginning but through the programme I actually became close with my team. At some …
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6th December #fyzadvent

Hannah has been coming to The Factory for nearly 6 years and regularly speaks out about how it has helped shape her future. Recently Hannah was invited to speak at an event in London with The Lord Mayor where over …
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5th December #fyzadvent

On Sunday 3rd December myself and 3 other volunteers attended the Hilton Hotel in Manchester, this was an amazing event that showed people what Onside Youth Zones do, I was welcoming people on the stairs while they were walking up …
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4th December #fyzadvent

During Sunday’s OnSide Ball, which other youth zones and patrons attended, No Youth, made up of two talented FYZ members, performed their latest music during pre-dinner drinks. Both Hannah and Lee have been attending the Factory since it opened nearly …
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3rd December #fyzadvent

Having been with The Factory since it opened (5 years ago!) Nicole is aged 18 and has been a member of The Factory Youth Zone for 5 years.  She has recently completed the ‘Get a Job’ course funded by Accenture …
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2nd December #fyzadvent

One of our junior members, Liam Fogg aged 8, won his first ever trophy last night for being Man of the Match our football competition! #23DaysToGo …
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1st December #fyzadvent

Get your locksmiths at the ready as there are a lot of doors to open this month. Behind door one in #FYZadvent we meet Lucas Achaffrath, a young person who deserves a hug ‘congratulations’. After being unemployed for approximately one …
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#iwill

Some of our young leaders and the Junior members that they help celebrate #iwillweek by sharing why it is they volunteer and the Junior members let us know why they love their young leaders so much! One young leader age …
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Introducing the FYZ Christmas Countdown…

This Christmas we have sent our ‘mince spies’ out around the Factory and we are going to shout about the achievements they find. Every day, we will open The Factory’s door to a new story and new achievement. The advent …
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Thank you for a wonderful day, Debdale Outdoor Activity Club

The Factory would like to say a big thank you to Debdale Outdoor Activity Centre who donated a full day of paddling activities to 10 of our Senior members. Despite the cold weather, the young people had a great morning canoeing …
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The Trophy Passes Hands in Annual Reds v. Blues Charity Football Match

It was tense, it was exciting, and it was an evening where dreams came true… particularly for team Reds. After a 3:2 defeat, the Blues were forced to hand over last year’s trophy with its new red accessories. From all …
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There will be no Sunday session this week

The family friendly Sunday session this Sunday 19th November has been cancelled. Instead, there is a super fun trip to Salford Watersports Centre! There are places remaining for this trip, so if you are interested in going please contact joe.squire@manchesteryz.org or …
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The Return of FAC5

The last FAC5 course of 2017 starts today! Activities for young children age 6-9yrs // school years 2, 3 & 4 Choose between football, dance, guitar lessons and multisports …
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Congratulations, Learn2Lead 🙂

This year Learn2lead attended The Manchester City Council Youth Buzz awards 2017 and were extremely honoured to be nominated and runner up for the most effective youth group award.   To be recognised for this award was very motivating for …
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MCFC Stadium Tour

Some of our Junior and Inclusion members were identified for both good behaviour and those who had a keen interest in football. We got tickets donated to us to take the group on a guided tour of the stadium, which …
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A Spooky Trip to ANS…

A group of Juniors, a couple of Seniors and some of our Young Leaders donned their best Halloween themed face paint, armed themselves with some tasty treats and visited one of The Factory’s founding patrons –  ANS,  last week. The …
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Hello!

Hello, my name is Katlyn and I have participated in the Learn2Lead programme. It was a fantastic opportunity for myself and a plethora of other individuals to boost their confidence whilst achieving numerous awards by being involved in a variety …
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Thank you AJ Bell

We were really excited to welcome in 9 apprentices from AJ Bell on Friday. The apprentices, who are only a week into their 3 year apprenticeships joined us at The Factory, giving up their days to help with an armed …
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CV Writing Workshop and Interview Practice

A group of young people worked with Bruntwood and MoneyPlus Group on their CVs and their interview skills. h  Everyone had such a great and productive day, thank you so much 🙂 …
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Free Tennis for the Whole Family!

Did you know we offer free tennis every Sunday at 3pm? Bring family, friends, all ages welcome! …
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Saturday Juniors Football

Due to a change in our delivery style, there will be no more Saturday Junior football after tomorrow’s session. Fear not, football will still be running on our week day sessions! Please direct any queries to jermane.walcott@manchesteryz.org …
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Thank you for our new guitars, Doodlebug Guitars!

A massive thank you to Doodlebug Guitars who donated two brand new lovely guitars to The Factory. One of them had its first gig on Sunday and Sketch massively rocked it …
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A BIG Thank You to Everyone Who Came To Our Community Fun Day!

A big thank you from the Factory Youth Zone to all who came to our Community Fun Day. The event was a brilliant success! We had a lot of fun, laughs and excitement throughout the whole afternoon and raised nearly …
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Community Fun Day

Just over a week to go until The Factory Youth Zone’s next Community Fun Day! The day is in association with the Support Service Children Project. Join us on Sunday 17th September for a day packed full of games, activities, …
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A big thank you to our volunteers from The Alchemist!

A big thank you to Andrea, Harry and Serge from The Alchemist for volunteering last night on our Junior session. The kids had a blast and we hope you guys did too …
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FYZ WANTS YOU!

Is your family in the armed services, or have they ever been before? If so, come down to The Factory and have a great time for free! Get in touch with joe.squire@manchesteryz.org for more information! …
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FYZ Cycle Sportive Success!

The sun dances paid off on Friday, as cyclists from across the North West’s business community took to the roads of Cheshire to cycle 104km in the sunshine in aid of The Factory, leaving from Bowdon Rugby Club. With teams …
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Learn2Lead: ‘Another Music’ Blog Workshop

Photographer, writer and sketcher Len Grant came in and delivered a blog workshop for a group of young leaders and young people from 4CT. The young people learnt Len’s three secret ingredients for taking a great photo no matter what equipment …
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Thank you to Oliver and Kyle from ANS!

A huge thank you to Oliver and Kyle from ANS who donned their helmets and jumped on a tandem bike in aid of The Factory Youth Zone. The duo took on a challenge of cycling from Manchester to Blackpool and …
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Summer Activities in North Manchester

Our Lady’s Sports Centre Our Lady’s Sports Centre is running a Summer Sports Camp – click here to download the timetable. Please contact b.tanner@olsc.manchester.sch.uk or call 0161 234 3287 for more information. Summersonic Summersonic offers a range of free activities for young people in …
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Congratulations to our winning Master Chef!

Congratulations to Aysha who won our Master Chef competition as part of Healthy Lifestyle week at The Factory! …
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#pedalforthefactory

It’s time to don your helmets, grab some colleagues/contacts/friends /family members and put a team together to #pedalforthefactory… Teams are now available in The Factory Youth Zone Cycle Sportive – 104km across the Cheshire countryside all in aid of The Factory …
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President’s Cup

Congratulations to the Factory Youth Zone who won the Inclusion Cup at OnSide’s annual President’s Cup in Carlisle!   Our day started at 6.40am and boy, was it an adventure! Everyone who took part had a great time and did …
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Someone to talk to at the Factory

The Factory Youth Zone is open this week from 2.00-5.00 for young people, parents and carers to come and speak to someone about the events that happened last week. It is a free service, delivered by One Education and The Factory …
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Ready, Set, Go Ride!

The Factory has now run two Go-Ride events in January and February with almost 50 young people taking part in mountain biking activities! The latest event took place on Saturday 27th February and saw 25 young people aged 8–16 take …
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Design and Innovate

Young people from The Factory and other Youth Zones recently took part in the Youth Innovate challenge to have their products turned into a reality and stocked in outlets throughout the UK. Teams from each Youth Zone were given a £100 …
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Learn2Lead: British Sign Language

One of our lovely 17 year old young leaders has been running a British Sign Language course for some of our Junior members as part of his disability awareness social action campaign for Learn2Lead. Have a look at what they …
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International Women’s Day at The Factory Festival

On Saturday 11th March, The Factory opened its doors to the public for The Factory Festival, celebrating cultural diversity as well as International Women’s Day. A variety of activities were available, including a raffle, tin can alley, music performances and …
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