Youth Unity was developed to give young adults and teenagers in the Salford area a safe space to get together and have fun. The programme has been running for 20 months in Little Hulton where youngsters are being given the opportunity to learn, have fun and help the local community through organised volunteer work.
Roy Cavanagh MBE, the Training and Education Executive at Seddon helped set up a forum in Little Hulton back in 2015 to help engage young people, as there was very little for them to do or places for them to go in the evenings. Working with Salford Leisure, Roy and the team opened the library to the youngsters on a Tuesday and Thursday evening throughout the previous 18 months so that the teenagers had somewhere they could pass the time safely.
From this, Youth Unity was developed with a support from the Little Hulton (Big Local) and the local community. The initiative has been growing ever since and Youth Unity are now looking to develop a new youth and community centre in Little Hulton.
Seddon recently sponsored Youth Unity’s ‘Party for life’, a party that will raise awareness around breast and cervical cancer. The event which takes place on Friday 26th October will be centred around an awareness speech from Mrs Shirley Marshall RN, Mrs Marshall qualified as a Nurse from Manchester Metropolitan University, she is also a qualified Supplementary Prescriber. Before that she had acquired several years experience in primary care, initially as a health trainer and then as an assistant practitioner in General practice. There will be games and fundraising for both Breast and Cervical Cancer charities and Health Awareness sessions for the young people based at Youth Unity, however the main focus of the night will be to promote awareness and encourage women to love themselves , check themselves, go for that smear , celebrate life and hopefully encourage their mums, daughters, sisters, aunts , nieces, grandmas and friends to do the same.
Speaking about his involvement at Youth Unity and the event, Roy Cavanagh said: “We hope that our participation in this event will help to highlight and educate young people about the risks and signs of breast and cervical cancer. We are proud to be supporting such a worthy cause. The work Youth Unity are doing with these youngsters is wonderful and we are happy to help where we can.”