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We Love Manchester support young Mancunians through a number of projects to prepare for their future. We support young people to prepare for the world of work through building skills and experience, building confidence and self-belief and supporting creativity.

Wooden Hut

Young People

Charity Drive


Calls and messages to Domestic Violence support services are growing rapidly now that Lockdown is being loosened, and women are finding the space to call safely.   Manchester Women’s Aid have seen increases in enquiries about refuge spaces since April compared with figures from last year. May has seen a huge 70% increase in enquiries compared to last year.

Sir Howard’s vision was to make a significant impact upon social mobility for young Mancunians and ensure equality of opportunity for all. By providing aspirational experiences in professional and entrepreneurial environments, the charity aims to support the city’s young people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to thrive and succeed.

In partnership with Manchester Young Lives, the Sir Howard Bernstein Fund supports their study programme by providing bursaries of £100/p week for young people accessing a structured work placement for a maximum of 8 weeks. By providing valuable hands on work experience, the young people move closer to apprenticeships and jobs. In addition, to financial support, the participants benefit from the professional support of Manchester Young Lives staff.

Success story: Phidel

Phidel was referred to Manchester Young Lives in need of intensive support after his college place had broken down. Phidel worked on his Functional skills in Maths Level 1 and English Entry Level 3, and a Certificate in Personal Effectiveness (COPE). Within 4 months of attending sessions and some additional 1-2-1 sessions, Phidel successfully achieved…

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Charity Drive
Charity Drive

How we support young people

All projects will work towards the following outcomes for young people:

  1. Personal Effectiveness: confidence and resilience, self belief and a positive attitude

  2. Career Readiness: increased occupational awareness, motivation and aspiration

  3. Social Capital: experience of professional/corporate environments, expansion of personal networks and access to role models

  4. Employability skills:  the opportunity to build recruitment skills (experience of interviews, CVs, applications) and key employment competencies ( i.e. listening, presenting, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork)

  5. Entrepreneurial spirit: creativity and business acumen.

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