Fairbridge

Working out of 16 centres in the UK, Fairbridge is a national charity that aims to give young people from disadvantaged urban areas a fairer chance to succeed in life. Every year we win the trust and commitment of over 3,700 young people that most other organisations find it difficult to engage.

Fairbridge works with some of the hardest to reach young people aged 13-25 who are out of education, employment or training. By providing a combination of personal support and challenging activities we aim to equip young people with the self-belief, motivation and necessary skills to be able to return to mainstream society and achieve their goals. Many of them have been affected by poverty, long-term unemployment, homelessness, addiction and crime. We tackle fundamental issues, attitudes and behaviours holding young people back and offer a long-term personal development programme enabling them to lead more fulfilling lives and play their part in their community.

Fairbridge North Manchester works with over 200 young people each year who face multiple barriers to progression. With the encouragement and support of the dedicated staff at the Bury centre, young people from Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Bolton and Wigan, are given the opportunity to realise their full potential.

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The sessions that Wendy holds with Fairbridge are valuable and constructive for the young people. It develops’ their skills of communication, patience and the ability to focus for longer periods of time.

I really see a difference in a young persons behaviour whilst being on a session with Wendy, such as their ability to communicate their creativeness or the sheer enjoyment of doing something more calming and relaxing.

Wendy’s approach to the young people is very personal, allowing the them to think and create for themselves, giving appropriate guidance where necessary.