Since we started out, Youth Leads UK has supported thousands of young people across Greater Manchester develop their skills, take on challenges and influence society for the better.

CASE STUDY: Charlotte

“When I started volunteering with Youth Leads, I never could have anticipated how much it would change my life.”

“For the first time in my life it feels like my voice is being heard and not only that my opinion matters, but it has the potential to change the world.

Youth Leads has given me the confidence and the skills to embrace whatever challenges the next stage of my life throws at me.”

the headlines

working with 25 high schools across 5 areas

55% of our volunteer leaders are from the 30% most deprived areas

12 young people involved in the governance of youth leads uk

our key achievements


  • 7,480 14-20 year olds becoming more employable

  • over 50 trees planted by our youth social action champions

  • 25,000 copies of xplode magazine printed and distributed annually

  • average of 25 young leaders volunteering annually

  • £4,215,864.27 – WE SAVE THE LOCAL ECONOMY

    Our Social Return on Investment is 1:7 (independently evaluated by PwC and One Young World)

  • 300 disadvantaged children now own a book after a youth-led social action project

case studies


“My journey at Youth Leads has been an incredible one. It has given me the confidence to get involved in things that I wouldn’t have earlier on.

“Through being a part of the social events and activities we’ve organised, I got an opportunity to enhance my communication skills and use my creativity to help make a difference. The love and support from the team has always encouraged me to put my best in everything we do in our community.”


“Youth Leads has helped my social skills a lot. I didn’t think I was confident enough to speak to people and I found it hard to leave the house.

Just being able to interact with people is now a lot easier. Volunteering has changed my life and now I have got a job that I love because I’ve been able to develop myself.”


“Volunteering for Youth Leads has given me the confidence to utilise my communication and organisational skills in my local community and beyond.

The role of project manager has motivated me to become a leader in my own circle and made me see how I could one day lead in my own profession.”