Ho Shin Do Youth Project have received £2,000 of grant funding from our Stronger Communities Fund for provision of youth activity in South Manchester.

Ho Shin Do Youth Project is an impactful, self-help, community based and action oriented initiative providing support to young people from under-developed communities in South Manchester, running sessions in Whalley Range & Levenshulme. 

The core objectives of their youth project are to empower young people of various backgrounds using martial arts and other leisure and recreational activities as engaging tools, with a focus on equal opportunity for all kids to be able to access and benefit from the classes. They believe that martial art training is a key to unlocking the potential of young people by instilling a sense of responsibility, discipline and empowerment which can be used as a tool to tackle deeper issues such as anti-social behaviour, truancy, bullying, and gun/ knife culture in our societies.

They came to us with a proposal for provision of online and face to face classes for up to 60 children in the Levenshulme, Whalley Range, Moss Side, Fallowfield, Burnage & Longsight areas across 12 weeks.

Their £2,000 grant will go towards hall hire for the twelve week programme, promotion and marketing, and training equipment. These online classes focus on engaging local young people mentally and physically during these uncertain times, with a view to improving their mental wellbeing and fitness via non-contact self defence training, fitness, and an introduction to traditional martial arts which emphasises the benefits of discipline and mental wellbeing.

Their group co-ordinator, Stephen Sijuwade, said of the grant:

Thank you We Love Manchester!! You guys are AWESOME!! Thanks to the grant, many children in our community will get to enjoy the benefits of karate.

Owing to Covid-19 the organisation had to move from classroom based to online based due to the Lockdown rules in place. This has restricted social contact amongst young people and many of them will have felt isolated. Once lockdown restrictions allow, they will start running sessions following social distancing guidelines at the following locations:

  • Wednesdays: Levenshulme Methodist Church, Levenshulme M19 3AW, 6-8pm.
  • Saturdays: Levenshulme Methodist Church, Levenshulme M19 3AW, 11:30-12:30pm.
  • Sunday: Whalley Range High School, Power League Gym, Whalley Range, 1-3pm.

They can be found online at www.hoshindo.co.uk & as Ho Shin Do Karate/Youth Project on Facebook.

We’re proud to fund Ho Shin Do’s brilliant work in Manchester and look forward to the results!

Large group of Ho Shin Do students.


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