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About us

Dedicated to the welfare of young women and men in Moss Side

Our mission

Hideaway aims to provide high quality youth work in a safe and secure environment where relationships and trust are developed and cherished, where young people have a voice and are heard, where difference is celebrated and where everyone works together to develop the full potential of all.

Our vision

Hideaway is a safe and secure place where young people want to be and can thrive; are encouraged to believe in themselves and achieve their full potential. Our ethos is built on trust, flexibility and security.

The values we live by

01

Fun
atmosphere

Hideaway is a welcoming and positive environment. It’s a place to learn and it’s also a place to have fun and enjoy yourself.
02

Open
community

Hideaway is an open and accepting community. It’s a place where young people can feel confident and be respected and accepted.
03

Inspiring
confidence

Hideaway is a place where young people and have a voice, where we believe in young people and they learn to believe in themselves.
04

Calm
environment

Hideaway is a friendly and relaxed place, a home from home. Young people can feel safe, listened to and comfortable here.

Our staff and volunteers

  • Julie Wharton, Project Leader

    I have the pleasure of working in a well-established team of youth workers and volunteers who, through their expertise and dedication, are able to inspire young people in Moss Side to believe they can achieve anything they set their minds to. Building confidence and heightening young people’s self-esteem is one of the reasons why young people love Hideaway.

    My role as a project leader is to develop and encourage the team in their work. Behind the scenes, I am also busy looking for funding to keep this longstanding project alive.

  • Karen Harewood, Sessional Youth Worker

    I facilitate during Girl Talk and the mixed group sessions, using arts and crafts to engage with young people and challenge or explore curriculum issues, and to encourage emotional relaxation. I also do juicing to promote healthy food choices and I coach the female football sessions.

  • Lynne Fullard, Youth and Community Worker

    I have a diverse history of working with young people across Manchester, specifically encouraging the participation and engagement of young people in decision making structures. I am committed to promoting equality and diversity and I’m passionate about improving the lives of young people through empowerment.

  • Irvine Williams, Youth Worker

    I have over 25 years’ experience of providing leadership and encouraging young people to develop their own voice to improve their life opportunities, participation and representation at all levels.

    I have extensive skills in youth work, youth engagement, partnership work, fundraising, service/project delivery, and team management.

    I am driven by the need to provide young people with the opportunities and skills to positively contribute to society. I am always ready to embrace new challenges and opportunities to develop myself and others.

  • Kemoy Walker, Youth Worker

    Kemoy is a music teacher and youth worker in Moss Side, who was the youngest qualified Teaching Assistant in Britain, and received a special award from the Prime Minister in July 2016..

    Kemoy works at Hideaway youth project taking the lead of creative arts and performances, one of his highlights is organizing events where young people can perform. He loves helping young people to develop any skills they may have to increase their self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • Errol Purcell, Basketball Coach

    Basketball has been a great passion of mine for many years. I started as a player, then moved on to coach basketball to all ages.

    Hideaway and Moss Side have been a part of my life for many years. I will continue to coach young people and ensure that they grow and develop into positive young people who learn to mix and grow together.

  • Courtney Wallace, Youth Worker

    Courtney came to Hideaway as a young man. He then progressed through to become a volunteer. From there he was employed as a youth worker and not only continues to develop himself but also the young people he works with. He feels he is a good role model as he has come through Hideaway and understands young people from the community.

  • Sian Millward, Youth Worker

  • Melvyn McDonald, Youth Worker

Fifty years of fun and opportunity

I went kayaking, I go to the gym and I’ve had extra tuition for my GCSEs.
Safiya Omar
Hideaway is my second home. Without this place, I would never have excelled in my education and set up my own business. I grew in confidence here, developed leadership skills and gained many, many skills and qualifications.
Hamdi Hassan
Hideaway has given me many opportunities, all which have been exciting and fun, and I have met many wonderful people. Everyone is welcomed and supported here. I’ve made good friends and amazing memories.
Faziya Abdulkabir
Being here at Hideaway has made me feel more confident about myself.
Amiya Unique Leelis
I only started at Hideaway recently and I’ve met many wonderful people. The awe-inspiring staff have given me opportunities to try different activities – for example I went iceskating for the first time with Hideaway. I’ve made memories that will last a lifetime.
Jounnara Begum
It has made a great impact on me – Hideaway has given me life skills and confidence.
Keyosha Leveridge

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