Our Partners

Our partners

We work with community partners across Manchester who run courses and activities around the city as part of our community learning fund programme. 

They deliver a programme of community learning activities to encourage Manchester residents to engage in learning, particularly targeting those that mainstream education may struggle to engage. By building confidence, developing skills and getting involved in the local community, learners on these programmes will move towards sustained employment or work experience.  

You can find more details on our partners below.  

Our community partners for 2023/24

Back on Track are a charity who enable people to make positive lasting changes and are a leading specialist provider of community learning and support to adults experiencing multiple disadvantage. They run a range of courses, activities and volunteering opportunities with unemployed adults going through a period of recovery or rehabilitation, having experienced problems with alcohol or drugs, offending, homelessness, and mental health.

Logo: Blossom Manchester, pink circle with green weed growing from the ground

Blossom is a charity that aim to act as a one-stop shop to improve the health of people and the planet. They have a love of nature, the environment, and pride themselves on supporting individuals to build the confidence to make lasting change in their lives. Blossom offers food, growing and wellbeing activities, as well as opportunities to learn to cook from scratch.


Healthy Me Healthy Communities is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) which was founded in 2012 and has been making a positive difference to people’s health, lives and local communities ever since. HMHC operates on the principles of bringing together a range of partners, resources and assets to achieve positive outcomes in neighbourhoods across Manchester. At the heart of their work is involving those who benefit from the work that they do.

Impact for all logo; serving the community

Impact for All are a voluntary community support organisation who are committed to providing their services and a secure place to people in the city of Manchester who may find themselves in a tight spot or in need of support. Their support is aimed at raising an individual’s self-confidence, improving their skills and motivation tailored for the residents and the barriers they face.

Manchester Deaf Centre logo, purple hand singing

Manchester Deaf Centre is the largest local organisation who provide support to the local deaf community and beyond in Greater Manchester. Their vision is one of a society in which the deaf community is fully included: able to contribute to community and access services with confidence and ease.

Logo; Manchester Young Lives, hands in a circle graphic

Manchester Young Lives are a children and youth charity who focus on working with disadvantaged young people aged 5-24. They work with over 4,000 young people across Manchester each year and their roots lie in the co-operation of local people and communities coming together to create their own opportunities through adventure play. Through their work encouraging positive learning experiences, the majority of the young people that they work with make a successful transition to further learning, training and employment.

Logo; Proper Job Theatre Co

Proper Job are a theatre company based in Manchester who have a recognised history of using the arts and theatre-based techniques to help individuals develop their own voice, realise aspirations and connect to their local community. Their unique LAB Project two-week course has been designed to help unemployed adults aged 19+ by combining team working, confidence building and communication skills so that participants are able to work towards delivering a drama workshop in a school during the second week.

Logo; Reform Radio, two R letters inside white circle on black background

Reform Radio are a multi award-winning online radio station and arts organisation who work with local creatives, DJs and young people to develop and showcase new work via their online platforms. Their large active community works together to create all the content on Reform Radio, supported by regular outside broadcasts within the city, as well as specially recorded shows from artists across the globe.

Logo: Sow the City, plantpot graphic as a house

Sow the City is a social enterprise with a mission to empower communities to grow and live sustainably. They believe in transforming and repurposing unused and derelict urban sites, connecting with nature, involving local people in their projects, using sustainable materials and teaching organic practices. As an organisation, they provide a range of services for local authorities, the health sector, housing providers, schools, businesses and the voluntary sector.