In his manifesto, the Mayor pledged to create a ‘Youth Combined Authority, representative of all the boroughs of Greater Manchester and reflecting its full diversity’.
At the Combined Authority meeting in September 2017, the Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority (YCA) was approved by council leaders – the first of its kind in the country. The Youth Combined Authority held their first meeting in February 2018. The aim of the Youth Combined Authority is to give young people in Greater Manchester the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence GMCA policy and decision making, and its purpose is to:
The Youth Combined Authority undertakes specific pieces of work, and develops real policies that improve the lives of young people. In its first two years, members have been influencing policies, strategies and decisions on a number of different issues, and have given young people of Greater Manchester a powerful voice. Key achievements include:
Find out what’s already happened by reading the meeting summaries.
Membership of the YCA comprises of 42 young people aged between 11 and 18 (or up to 25 for those with additional needs). Each member serves for up to two years. The 42 members of the Youth Combined Authority represent 21 youth groups across Greater Manchester.
Half the YCA is made of the ten youth councils and they reflect the geographical diversity of the city-region.
The other 11 youth groups are made up of a diverse range of identities and backgrounds and were chosen by the Mayor and the portfolio lead for Young People and Social Cohesion, Cllr David Jones from Bury Council.
Current youth organisation members include:
|Bolton Youth Council||@bbyc_ymps||bolton_youthvoice|
|Bury Youth Council||@BuryUKYP||buryyouthvoice|
|Manchester Youth Council||@mycthehive||manchesteryouthzone|
|Oldham Youth Council||@OldhamYC||oldham_yc|
|Rochdale Youth Council||@RochdaleYouthie||rochdale_youth|
|Salford Youth Council||@SalfordYC||salfordyouthcouncil|
|Stockport Youth Council||@StockportYouth||stockportyouth|
|Tameside Youth Council||@YouthTameside||-|
|Trafford Youth Council||@YouthCabinet||youthcabinettrafford|
|Wigan Youth Council||@youthcabinet_||wiganyz|
|Caribbean & African Health Network||@CahnYoung||-|
|Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force||@gmanacf||greatermanchesteracf|
|Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service Cadets||@FutureHeroesUK||gmfrsfutureheroes|
|Greater Manchester Youth Network||@gmyn||gmyouthnetwork|
|Gorse Hill Studios||@GHStudiosCC||gorsehillstudioscc|
|The Proud Trust||@TheProudTrust||the_proud_trust|
|Rio Ferdinand Foundation||@riofoundation||rioferdinandfoundation|
|Water Adventure Centre||@WACdroylsden||wateradventurecentre|
The Youth Combined Authority also consists of a number of Working Groups, which have been established to bring particular projects to life. The Working Groups are open to anyone aged 11-18 (or up to 25 for those with additional needs) from Greater Manchester. The Working Groups tend to meet monthly in Manchester city centre. Previous Working Groups have focused on Curriculum for Life and Health. We recently created a third Environment Working Group who are responsible in organising a Youth Green Summit in Summer 2020.
We are always looking for interested young people to join the Working Groups. More information about can be found in these frequently asked questions. If you are interested please email email@example.com.