Play and Youth Manager (Central and North)

35 hours a week, Monday – Friday with occasional weekend working

£26,856 – £29,904

Based in Moss Side and Ardwick, working across central and north Manchester

Do you have the right mix of enthusiasm and passion for leading a team committed to making a real difference children and young people?

We are recruiting a manager to lead Manchester Young Lives’ adventure play and youth work in Moss Side, Ardwick, Blackley, Moston and Harpurhey. We provide open access and targeted play and youth work activities. Our after-school adventure play provision is Ofsted registered and provides activities for 6-13 year olds. Our youth provision engages with young people aged 11+ after school and during the evenings, in centres and on the streets.

Our work enables often disadvantaged children and young people the opportunity to learn, develop and connect with their communities, build safe and supportive relationships with committed workers, and let off steam on our adventure playgrounds.

You must have relevant skills and experience in working with children and young people, sometimes in challenges situations, and the ability to manage a team of staff and volunteers.

If you can build relationships with staff as well as you can with children and young people, and lead with motivation, creativity and determination, we would love to hear from you.


Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position. Application and Demographic forms must be returned either via email to [email protected] or by post to Manchester Young Lives, The Addy Young People’s Centre, Woodhouse Lane, Wythenshawe, M22 9TF. Please ensure you complete the final section of the application from, giving information as to how you meet the person specification.


This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


The closing date for completed application forms is midnight Wednesday the 22nd of May 2024.


If you need further information, or you would like to discuss any aspect of the role, please ring Beth Aze, Head of Operations, on 0161 437 5923