Summer's finally here!

We've got loads going on this summer! including: 

  • four weeks of Summer Play Activities with Food, for children aged 6-14yrs, starting on Monday 26th July. Check out our Summer Play page here for places, dates and times;
  • Tuesday lads' groups and Thursday girls' groups are continuing to meet most weeks during the summer;
  • we'll be out in our local neighbourhoods on detached youth work, meeting and chatting with young people; 
  • and we're continuing to offer support to young dads across the city.

Check out our Current Activities page for more information.



Girls' Trip to Blackpool 

Our girls' group took a long and much needed day break to Blackpool. They spent the day enjoying rides together at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and spent time together on the beach. Girls group has been undergoing a transition with older young women moving on and younger women moving up the older session. The day gave the young women the opportunity to continue to build and develop new friendships with each other as well as creating oppourtunity for conversation and learning.


Road Trip Adventure

 After over a year on lockdown our lads’ group were itching to go out on an adventure together where they could get out into nature. The group planned and organised a ‘road trip’ to Buxton and the Heights of Abraham in the Peak District. They explored and learnt about caverns, rode on cable cars, walked through acres of woodlands and past lakes and took in breath-taking views. It was a time of fun, being active, learning and making memories together.

Projekts Skate Park

A group of children from Brunswick that we engage with through detached and play sessions attended a trip to ‘Projekts Skate Park’. This was part of our ongoing work with the group around friendships. The trip provided a space for children to try something new, challenge themselves, form new friendships as well as rekindle old ones and have fun. They took part in a 2 hour session: an hour of coaching and an hour to explore the park and try out their new skills.

Cov-Con 21

Coverdale lads group were inspired by their love of anime, manga and the superhero world, to plan and design two evenings filled with fun and entertainment. They delivered a series of creative games and activities to challenge their knowledge of each area and win some prizes. They also tested their cooking skills and taste buds with new flavours -  trying out East Asian food and snacks they hadn't tasted before. The group are already looking forward to next year's event! 

Easter Play

During the Easter holidays, we ran 2 play sessions per week in each of the three areas we work in: Brunswick, Coverdale and Grove Village. Children took part in arts and crafts, group games, made bird feeders and planted sunflower seeds.  As part of our sessions we provided balanced nutritional lunches and children received a nutritional wall chart and books from Manchester Libraries. Our play sessions offer a safe space for children to learn through play and have fun.

Holiday Activity Fund

In April, over the course of 2 days, M13 alongside our Central East partners, Anson Cabin, Levenshulme Youth Project and HideOut Youth Zone, packed over 2500 play bags for children on free school meals across 18 primary schools. This was a mammoth task but was achieved due to the dedication and hard work of all involved.

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