Youth Combined Authority

About the Youth Combined Authority

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 YCA held their first meeting in February 2018.  The aim of the YCA is to give young people in Greater Manchester the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence GMCA policy and decision making.

The YCA undertakes specific pieces of work, and develops real policies that improve the lives of young people. One of its first roles will be to implement the Mayor’s plans for a Curriculum for Life, as well as an ‘opportunity pass’ which will open up access to transport, leisure, sporting and cultural activities, as well as work placements and apprenticeships. The YCA also advises the Mayor and GMCA on key issues affecting young people, and scrutinises the work of Greater Manchester’s leaders.

Have your say on what’s coming up, and find out what’s already happened by reading the meeting summaries.

Membership of the Youth Combined Authority

Membership of the Youth Combined Authority comprises of 40 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 40 members of the YCA represent 20 youth groups across Greater Manchester. Half the members come from Greater Manchester’s youth councils, and the other half from other youth organisations. These are as follows:

The Youth Combined Authority is supported by Youth Focus North West, and its media partner is Bolton-based youth-led Xplode Magazine.

Working Groups

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. Currently there are two Working Groups which focus on:

  • Curriculum for Life
  • Health

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


Keeping in touch with the Youth Combined Authority

You can keep up to date with the Youth Combined Authority and tell us your views by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We publish agendas and meeting papers in advance so you can tell us what you think. We also feature news on the goings on with the YCA, live coverage of meetings, and how you can have your say on topics that matter!

Xplode Magazine also features news about the YCA in their magazine, written by our members. The magazine can be found online, or in a variety of youth centres across Bolton and Bury.