A brand new three year plan has been launched that sets out how the council will work with other organisations in Manchester to ensure all children and young people are happy, fulfilled and achieve their potential.
The Our Manchester Youth Strategy 2020-2023 brings together the council with local arts, cultural and leisure organisations, and with providers of youth and play services – all working together in the best interests of the city’s children and young people.
Its focus is on developing a wide range of high quality services and activities for young people to get involved in outside of school or college – all aimed at improving well-being, meeting social and developmental needs, and helping young people grow into responsible, independent and successful adults.
The strategy centres on five themes – thriving young people; highly skilled young people; progressive and resilient young people; living well, healthy and safe young people; and connected and heard young people.
The voice of young people is very much at the heart of the strategy which has been developed with direct input from young people themselves.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, and Skills, Manchester City Council, said: “Anyone who is a parent or has ever been around them knows that children and young people need support to find their way in life.
“Our strategy will provide this by ensuring every child and young person has access to the kind of quality leisure time activities that will help improve their well-being, as well as aiding their personal and social development.
“This is not about the grown-ups dictating to the kids and telling them what they need. We know how important it is that we listen to young people and work in partnership with them to ensure we’re meeting the needs they themselves identify, and for this reason young people have been very closely involved with us in developing the new strategy.
“We’re determined to ensure all young people have access to the information they need to make informed lifestyle choices,and to make the right decisions in life that help them stay safe, healthy, happy, and also to be successful, and to play their part in helping shape the future of the city.”
Regular progress reports on the strategy and how it is going will be made to Manchester Youth Council who will monitor the implementation of the strategy and the impact it’s having across the city.
Manchester Youth Parliament member Alex Kennedy, said: “Manchester Youth Council will continue to develop strong working relationships with the city council and its partners to plan a better future for our city. This will include ensuring young people’s voices are heard and are influential in regards to the issues which affect their lives.”