We’re proud to announce that we’re launching a programme for young people aged 5 -11 in Gorton, to provide an introduction to social action and opportunities to make a difference in their community. 

Organisations nationwide have delivered the same model to older children before, through the Community Ambassador programme, with groups taking part in projects to promote gender equality, develop community spaces and prevent youth crime. 

This new Mini Community Ambassador programme, which starts on 26th October, will see social action projects developed and delivered by the young people with support from our Youth Engagement Co-ordinator, Michelle Wright. 

Funding has been provided by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, and the #iwill Fund: a £50 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. 

Phil Lukes, our Culture Lead here at One Manchester, said: “We’re looking forward to working with the young people of Gorton to find out what they think about where they live and what they want to do help improve their community.”

Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures, said: “We’re delighted to be working with One Manchester and are sure that the programme will be a huge success, allowing young people in Gorton to support their community and develop skills to enable them to follow their dreams.”  

To get involved in our Gorton programme, please contact Michelle Wright on michelle.wright@onemanchester.co.uk or by calling 07940 758 168.

Organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to set up youth social action programmes in their local area, giving young people the opportunity to make a difference in their communities through the design and delivery of projects, events, workshops and activities.

To find out more and apply for a grant, visit www.myclarionhousing.com/ambassadors