Half of young people in the UK feel like they do not belong to their local communities, a third feel lonely and half feel unready for work

Our vision is #YoungPeopleCan and we change the lives of young people in Greater Manchester.

We deliver a range of development programmes and drop-in activities to help young people learn vital skills, develop positive wellbeing and build a network of supportive people.

Since we were founded in 2007, we have helped over 10,000 young people.

‘Greater Manchester Youth Network are excited to share the news of a new programme to support looked after children and care leavers in Manchester. 

Through the National Lottery’s ‘Reaching Communities’ fund we have secured funding for a three year programme. This began in January 2020 and we’re now accepting new referrals of young people who are currently in care, or have experience of being in care. We offer small group activities, 1:1 support, volunteering and social action opportunities and a chance to meet socially with other young people. 

All of our activities look to facilitate the personal development of young people. We do this through a variety of activities designed to build social skills, encourage heath and wellbeing, develop self-esteem and gain skills for the future. The activities are split by age with two core groups being 13-17 and 18-25. 

There are regular weekly group sessions, short term focus projects, days out, supported volunteering, and opportunities to work with our other groups around Greater Manchester. 

There is never any pressure to attend sessions, all our activities are drop in so young people can come to as many or as few as they choose. Travel expenses and refreshments are provided. 

To find out more about us check out the Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) website http://www.gmyn.co.uk

Follow us on twitter @GMYN or request a referral form directly from the Manchester programme co-coordinators 

Faye faye.woodhead@gmyn.co.uk / and Katie katie.leach@gmyn.co.uk.

Disability Confident. Have you heard of it?     Disability Confident is encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people and make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to their workplace.

Why you should become Disability Confident? Being Disability Confident could help you discover someone your business just can’t do without whilst drawing from the widest possible pool of talent. Being Disability Confident can help you lead the way in your business sector and beyond by positively changing attitudes, behavior’s and cultures. The scheme has 3 levels designed to support you at every step on your Disability Confident journey. You must complete each level before moving on to the next.

Marriott have fully embraced Disability Confident and are moving up the levels. They have provided this insight into how disability confident is now an integral part of their business.

When I ask a group of new associates “What is the first thing they think of when we talk about disabled guests”, more often than not I get the standard answer “wheel chair users”. How wrong can they be?

All associates starting at the Manchester Airport Marriott hotel receive a 2-day orientation to the company. Part of this training focuses on Disability awareness and how we can make a disabled guests stay memorable just like any other person. We cover many types of disabilities and teach associates how to best serve guests no matter what the circumstances.  This is essential as we want to give associates the relevant skills so they don’t worry about how to approach any of our guests who may have a disability.

In conducting this training we hope to change this stereo typical image that people have of disabilities. We greatly value both disabled guests and disabled associates here at the hotel and the training opens their eyes so that in their everyday job we can ensure the all guests receive the very best service.

We are also expanding this training to now cover mental health issues as there has been a huge increase in the awareness of this of the last 2 years. It is important that we give our associates the right information so their awareness is raised so we can confidently deal with this in the hotel.

As a company, Marriott hotels in the UK are now accredited as a disability confident employer and through staying focused and building on what we already do we hope to gain further accreditation to level and 2, and ultimately level 3.

Level 1: Disability Confident Committed      To be recognised as Disability Confident Committed just agree to the Disability Confident commitments and identify at least one action that you’ll carry out to make a difference for disabled people.

The commitments are:

  • inclusive and accessible recruitment
  • communicating vacancies
  • offering an interview to disabled people
  • providing reasonable adjustments
  • supporting existing employees

Your business may be doing these things already. If so, the scheme is a great way of letting everyone know that you’re serious about equal opportunities for disabled people. Once you’ve signed up you’ll receive:

  • a certificate in recognition of your achievement
  • a badge for your website and other materials for 3 years
  • a self-assessment pack to help you continue your journey to becoming a Disability Confident Employer

You can then progress to level 2 and 3 or stay at level 1. At each level employers commit to taking actions that will make a real difference to the lives of disabled people making them feel comfortable applying for your vacancies.

For more information on Disability Confident please contact Elaine or Karen, Employer Advisers at Wythenshawe Jobcentre at wythenshawe.erms@dwp.gov.uk who can give you further information or help to get you registered.