M13 aims to foster long-term enjoyment, learning, action and change, making for well-being, within local young people, workers and our local Ardwick communities, in inner-urban Manchester.
Established in 1995 by our current manager, the M13 team comprises long-term, committed, passionate and diverse (male, female, black, white and Latino) workers, who are qualified and experienced - including three local young adults who were previous participants in the project’s work and are now in training as youth workers – who work alongside local young adult and young people volunteers, committed to working for the benefit of their communities with us.
We contact young people through street-based ‘detached work’, building consistent relationships of trust and then creating further activities together, which are fun and which develop and challenge young people and help them learn about life and living wisely. These activities may be trips out, residentials, projects, such as football or dance, issue-based workshops, community action, training as youth workers, etc.., but they are all developed in partnership with young people, based around activities, issues or concerns that are relevant, current and of interest to them, and delivered primarily in settings which young people access naturally.
The Peter Cruddas Foundation has acknowledged the importance of and has supported our night street work carried out by Youth Workers and Peer Mentors.