(Demi-Lee Morris, Urban Crew Member of the Year)
The confidence of local kids is sky-rocketing thanks to their experience in a fantastic scheme for north Manchester pupils.
The ‘Urban Crew’ program, which Northwards helped set up with the Manchester Communication Academy (MCA), brings children together from 13 different primary schools to learn new skills and make an impact in their community.
Urban Crew members visit Northwards retirement schemes to get to know the older generation. While there, they often plant hanging baskets for the tenants, serve tea and coffee and even sing carols when it’s Christmas time.
The program also gives pupils some fascinating opportunities. For example, over the last year, members got to produce their own radio show for North Manchester FM, while some of the kids took part in an excavation of the old Collyhurst Hall, even surveying the site beforehand.
During an ‘Enterprise Day’, the children also formed teams and learnt how to run their own business, competing against each other to market and sell different products.
"Since joining the Urban Crew, I've seen such a change in her"
The children were recently honoured at a special awards ceremony where Demi-Lee Morris from Christ the King primary school was named Urban Crew Member of the Year, winning her school £250.
Her teacher Mrs Scully said: “I have known Demi since she was in Year 2 and she has always been a quiet child. Since joining the Urban Crew, I have seen such a change in her. She is now much more outgoing, determined and willing to try new things.”
At the end of the year, each crew member receives an ASDAN Key Steps award – the equivalent of a unit of a GCSE.
This year, 127 children took part in the Urban Crew scheme from the following primary schools: Abbott, All Saints, Briscoe Lane, Charlestown, Christ the King, Crumpsall Lane, Holy Trinity, Irk Valley, Oasis Academy Harpur Mount, Seymour Road, St Malachy’s, St Mary’s and Temple.