Transition from Juniors to Seniors

The Transition from Juniors to Seniors is a really exciting time, but it can also be a little intimidating. Over the Summer Holidays after completing Year 7, our Transitioning Members are invited to try out Senior Sessions alongside the usual Junior Sessions to get a feel for what it’s like.

When Members start Year 8 in September, they will officially become Senior Members. 

We move our Junior Members up to Senior Sessions over the Summer Holidays so they can take this next step in their Manchester Youth Zone journey with friends which will make the Transition more comfortable. 

Young Leaders with Bee

What is a Senior Session like?

We like to think that Senior Sessions have a really relaxed and chilled out atmosphere, but there’s still a lot going on! Seniors can get involved with a wide range of activities including sports, arts, cooking, performing arts, and projects. 

Our Gym is available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and it is supervised by a fully qualified fitness instructor to help Seniors make the most out of the equipment and their training. 

We also regularly involve Senior Members with meaningful discussions and issue-based workshops. We cover a variety of topics including sexual health, identity, crime, alcohol and other important issues in the society we live in. All opinions and views are respected, which helps Members and Staff understand and appreciate everybody’s different backgrounds.

One of the biggest differences between Juniors and Seniors is that we encourage Seniors to focus on activities for an extended period so they can really build up skills in these areas. 

What will the First Transition Session be like?

The first Senior Session will be free of charge. Members will be shown around by one of our Senior Members and introduced to staff and other young people. They will be made to feel welcome and we will make sure we find an activity they will want to get involved in! 

Our Senior Members are really welcoming and they’re great at getting new Members involved with activities so nobody feels left out! 

transitioning junior playing with senior

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any more questions, please feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help and give you a tour of the Youth Zone!

Hannah Brownhill and Natalie Dillon are the Session Leads. They are supported by James Dronsfield (Safeguarding Officer), Corrina Aitchison-Hayles (Inclusion Manager) Danny Percival (Targeted Youth Worker) and Ben Herriman (Sports Coordinator)

They work alongside plenty of familiar faces who also work on Junior Sessions. We have brilliant external coaches for basketball, music, football, boxing, fitness, trampolining and American football. 

Hannah Brownhill
Youth Work Manager
(Ages 13-19)

Natalie Dillon
Weekend Manager

James Dronsfield
Safeguarding Officer

Corrina Aitchison-Hayles
Inclusion Manager

Danny Percival
Targeted Youth Worker

Ben Herriman staff photo

Ben Herriman
Sports Coordinator

Yes! Our catering staff cook fresh food on Seniors, just like on Juniors! We also have vending machines available for snacks and drinks. We do not allow fast food on sessions so if this is purchased it will need to be eaten outside the building.

Another bonus is we regularly host Cooking Sessions every Wednesday so our Members can learn how to prepare their own tasty and nutritious meals! 

We have trained First Aiders on every session and all staff members and volunteers are DBS checked and have completed safeguarding training. 

All Members follow our Respect Policy and this is enforced by by all of our staff, volunteers, and external providers. We are always happy to speak to parents/guardians so if you have any concerns we will happily come to Reception and do our best to resolve any concerns.

We operate an open-door policy which means Seniors can come and go as they please. However, some young people with additional needs are not allowed to leave the building without a parent/guardian. This is by prior arrangement with our Inclusion Manager and Reception staff.

Respect Yourself, Others, Equipment and the Building

We ask that you set boundaries with your child regarding your expectations in this area. If you do not want your child to leave the building when on session then please contact us and we will talk about how we can support this on a case-by-case basis. 

Our Inclusion Manager, Corrina, works on our Senior Sessions and supports all our staff to ensure activities are inclusive and that all our staff are well equipped to support young people with additional needs.

We also host dedicated Inclusion Sessions every Sunday from 12-4pm where Members with additional needs can take part in structured fitness, sports & art sessions. Occasionally we will take Members on Sunday Sessions on trips to experience more activities and projects around Manchester. 

We are happy to work with you and your child to make sure they have an enjoyable time in a safe environment.