Dedicated to the welfare of young women and men in Moss Side
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.
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.
Our staff and volunteers
Julie Wharton, Director
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 Director 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, 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, Operational Manager
I have over 30 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.
Jummai Afolabi, Administration
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.
Melvyn McDonald, Youth Worker
I have a degree in Applied Studies in Youth and Community Work gained from University of Manchester. In addition, I have a level 3 in Mentoring and a level 1 FA Coaching badge. I believe that I am a youth worker that is approachable to any young person and offers tailored advice if a young person comes to me with any concerns. I can deal with any challenging situation such as conflict and one of the most important things which I believe I can offer is a smile to the young people whom I work with and fun. These two factors are essential to me as sometimes a smile and a laugh is just what’s needed.
Tanya Watts, Youth Worker
I have worked in youth work and as a sports coach, for over 10 years. I completed a Sport Science degree at the University of Central Lancashire and from there I coached different sports in the UK and abroad. When I returned to England the sports coaching lead me into youth work in different parts of Manchester. Working with young people and being able to offer them new challenges, experiences and opening up new opportunities for them is an important aspect of youth work. The part of youth work I enjoy the most is supporting young people to try different activities, visit new places and accomplish challenges, which increases their awareness, knowledge, and experiences and shows there personal growth.