Manchester Young Lives celebrated Play Day 2019  in style by hosting three Community Day Events across Manchester.

This years theme for National Play Day was Play Builds Children, which highlights the positive impact Play has on young people – allowing them to build friendships; resilience; their health and well-being and learn about the world around them. This is a message that resonates with anyone who has witnessed the impact of our Play and Youth on the young people we work with across Manchester.

To celebrate, our Play and Youth team, supported by our young volunteers, ran Community Days in Ardwick, Hulme and Wythenshawe which were open to young people as well as their parents/carers and the wider communities we work within. Each event had its own unique theme.

The Community Day held at our centre in Ardwick brought Alice in Wonderland to life with tea party themed activities, giant chess games, a bouncy castle, facepainting and even Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee made an appearance!

Staff at our Wythenshawe centre looked to put on “The Greatest Show” with their circus themed community event. The Addy Circus included activities such as DJ Dan, a tombola, circus games, biscuit decorating and stalls on the history of MYL as well as one run by our friends at Wood Street Mission – who also held a ‘name the dinosaur’ competition!

Finally, a ‘Summer Fun’ themed event was held at the Procters Young People’s Centre in Hulme which included a DJ, Arts and Crafts, a dance competition and loads more games!

A massive thank you to all who attended, as well as our brilliant staff and volunteers for making each event extra special! A special thank you also to our partners Young Manchester, Fareshare and Wood Street Mission for their support in ensuring that National Play Day was a great success!