Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN)

Life in Care: The Need for Your Support

At GMYN, our vision is #YoungPeopleCan. One of our key focusses is supporting young people with experience of care. For just £1,000 per person, per year, we can help care experienced young people transition successfully into adulthood with the skills and support that they need.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1151897)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£4,000

Donations

60

Championed by Four Acre Trust

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • OtherOther

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther

Location

United Kingdom

  • GMYN have helped my mental health… I feel happy. GMYN is something to look forward to every week and I’ve learned new things. In future, I want to get a job or go to university, but I want to keep coming to GMYN to improve my life skills.

    — Tara, 18

  • "I don't feel scared anymore. People listen to me at GMYN."

    — Yasmin, 14

  • GMYN have turned my life around. If it weren't for them, I don't know where I would be right now - they are like my family."

    — Hassan, 23

Situation

“We’re judged, hated, bullied. It’s not our fault we’re in care. It's not our fault we never had love.” Following a potentially traumatic and chaotic childhood, with the majority experiencing abuse or neglect and many moving homes more than once a year, care leavers can face unique difficulties transitioning to adulthood. They are 6x more likely to be convicted, 5x more likely to self-harm, 3x more likely to be unemployed and 50x more likely to be homeless. We want to change this.

Solution

“GMYN have turned my life around. If it weren’t for them, I don’t know where I would be right now – they’re like my family.” We have been helping care experienced young people aged 13-25 since 2012 through fun but challenging weekly activities to build social skills, encourage health and positive wellbeing, develop self-esteem and provide skills for the future. Activities are drop-in and youth-led, allowing young people to fit us into their lives and get out what they feel they need.