Our work was originally centred on the development and management of adventure playgrounds in Ardwick, Moss Side, Hulme, and Wythenshawe. In recent years we have successfully developed a number of youth work and educational/training programmes, particularly targeted at children and young people at risk of social exclusion. The culmination of these efforts was the establishment of Manchester Young Lives Independent School in 2010.
We believe the integration of play, confidence building, and education within an informal and supportive environment provides a genuine opportunity for early intervention with children and young people who are at risk of falling outside mainstream services and becoming involved in anti-social and risky behaviours.
Our work includes
- Adventure playgrounds – Providing year-round after school and holiday open access play facilities for 5-14 year olds. A safe and supportive environment for children and families.
- Independent School – The A6, Moss Side and Wythenshawe Education Centres provide full time education provision for 14-16 year olds not attending mainstream school. Offering a broad and balanced curriculum and qualifications (including GCSE and Functional Skills), the school aims to support young people in the completion of their secondary education, and in taking the next steps to further learning and employment.
- Youth engagement projects – Based at four of our centres, these projects offer a range of centre based and outreach provision aimed at developing personal and social skills and supporting young people into education, training and employment
- A purpose built youth fitness centre in Ardwick. Funded by Sport England.