UpRising in Manchester!

We launched UpRising in Manchester in 2012 and have now expanded the variety of programmes we offer in the area. 

We currently run the following programmes in Manchester; 



Monday 2nd Oct - Thursday 12th Oct 2017, followed by ongoing support for 3 - 6 months.

Fastlaners is an eight day programme for 18-25 year olds who are looking to kick start their career.  The programme is designed to build confidence and knowledge, introduce participants to a range of potential employers and develop the skills needed to get that dream job. In addition to the personal development opportunities, participants meet professionals from a variety of industries, receive mentoring for 3-6 months and participate in mock interviews.

In 2016, we delivered 120 workshops and were supported by 169 speakers or facilitators.  We took participants to 51 different workplaces across the country, including to Lloyds Bank, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, PwC, John Lewis, ITV, Mayer Brown, Thomson Reuters, and IBM.

As a result…

  • 100% of participants said they were more confident

  • 73% were working in less than six months

  • 89% were either working or in training or volunteering in six months.

For more information, visit the Fastlaners Programme Page.


If you’re 18-25, live in one of our Fastlaners regions and want to build on your existing skills or qualifications, submit an expression of interest in the programme.  You will then be sent an electronic application form (please get in touch if you require this form in a different format or need assistance to complete your application).

Fastlaners Contact Details

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of the team!  

Call Lydia - Fastlaners Manchester Project Manager - 07943 735238 (text/call/whatsapp)

We’re looking for Manchester peer mentors!

If you’re UpRising alumni and are interested in becoming one of our peer mentors in Manchester for Fastlaners, we’d love to hear from you. All mentors will be trained and matched with mentees whose aspirations are similar to the experience of the mentors.

If this is you, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Lydia f you’d like to find out more and register as a mentor.

Lydia Burke, Fastlaners Manchester Project Manager - or 07943 735238.


UpRising Leadership Programme 

The UpRising Leadership Programme applications have now closed1

The UpRising core leadership programme is our flagship programme. It is a nine month programme, involving ‘access behind the scenes’ sessions with some of the UK’s most senior leaders. The core programme offers participants a unique first-hand view of the way that political, business, public sector and community organisations work together to shape our communities. Each participant is individually matched with a coach and a mentor who supports them on a one to one basis throughout their time on the programme.

All participants work with other UpRisers to design and deliver a social action campaign on a local issue they are passionate about. As well as forming networks with senior figures, participants also build strong networks amongst their peers on the programme.

Through this programme we equip young people with the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence to reach their leadership potential and take social action on issues they care about.

Most sessions and workshops take place in the evening so that the programme can be fitted around work, study and other commitments.

Do you want to speak to someone in Manchester about an UpRising programme or event?

Call Antonia (Manchester Programme Manager) on 07468 691 617

“I’ve got so much more out of UpRising in terms of my future than anything else I’ve done. With UpRising, you get life experience, networks, friends and so much more. I feel like the door is always open with UpRising.”

Danny Mortimer - Greater Manchester Leadership Programme Graduate 2015/16


"By doing this programme, you realise who you are as a person, what things you value, and that the sky really is the limit. You also learn a structured way of getting there and gain the skillset to manage your life. A lot of young people can benefit from UpRising.”

Ravelle Thomas - Greater Manchester Leadership Programme Graduate 2015/16


“It’s a real privilege to work with UpRising, and to meet the inspiring leaders of the future. Young people have so many opinions and ideas, and the UpRising Leadership Programme helps them learn how to apply them to make a difference and have influence. Now, when new powers are being  devolved to Greater Manchester, we really need the energy and imagination of tomorrow’s leaders to help shape the future of our region. That’s why I'm excited to be working with UpRising – I know they’ll make a difference.”

Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston

National organisations we work with in Greater Manchester: 

- The Co-operative Group 

- PwC

- The Guardian 

Local organisations we work with: 

- Big Life Group

- BBC North West at MediaCityUK

- The Pankhurst Centre


Find Your Power

Find Your Power is a Manchester initiative targeted towards young people living in areas identified as having lower levels of social action. With UpRising alumni playing a key part in the delivery, the programme aims to inspire young people in these areas, and to start engaging them in a journey of leadership, power and social action. Some of these young people will then progress on to the UpRising core leadership programme.



Manchester Office

Manchester Creative Studio,
16 Blossom Street,
Manchester M4 5AW

T: 07468 691 615