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Our Charitable Projects



The Manchester YMCA has been established since 1846. We provide tailored services specific to communities across Greater Manchester, and are proud to advocate the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised young people. We remain committed to piloting new projects which allow them to find their voice within their communities. Please visit for more information.

Inspiring Futures

Young carers are children and young people aged 24 and under who provide care, assistance or support to another family member. They provide this care on a regular basis, it is significant and substantial, requiring a level of responsibility normally associated with an adult.

As a result, Young carers can find opportunities and life chances restricted, facing a transition into adulthood and employment that is complicated by a lack of qualifications and limited social skills.

By delivering work related skills workshops and individual support, our project increases the confidence, social skills and employability of young carers, engaging with them to achieve positive outcomes in education, well-being, and independence.

Key Outcomes

All young people will have accessed a volunteering or training opportunity, a work placement or entered employment by the end of their engagement.

A measurable difference to the quality of each young person’s life will be made, including how they feel about their future, aspirations and opportunities.

Magnus Mowat Bursary

The Magnus Mowat Bursary is a fund distributed by The Booth Charities, for the benefit of young people from schools in Salford.

The programme offers vocational placements with the Y Club, giving participants the opportunity to undertake a YMCA Awards level 1 qualification.

The programme has been developed to encourage young people to have belief in their own ability to complete tasks and reach goals, building work related social skills around topics such as, behaviour in the work place, how to build relationships and work well with others, and rights and responsibilities at work.

Training and Education Programmes

We believe every young person should be able to fulfil their potential

Education is much more than formal schooling, and YMCA Manchester offers a range of accredited education and skills-based training programmes such as employability, fitness and physical activity, sport and active leisure, personal development and functional skills.

We create bespoke programmes for young people (13-24) who may be at risk of exclusion, struggling academically, and have learning needs.

For more information, or to find out how you can work with us please get in touch

Mental Health Champions

Due to launch in Spring 2018, this unique project will use three interconnected strands; Peer support in schools and the community, key adult education workshops, and a counselling service, to improve the mental health of young people aged 11 – 21.

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Castlefield Hotel

Overlooking the Bridgewater Canal, and above the Y Club, The Castlefield Hotel offers a range of discounts and benefits for Y Club members:

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