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; 


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.



Fastlaners is for 18-25 year olds who might have some sort of work experience, perhaps a qualification or a degree, but who are struggling to find a meaningful job that will kick start their career.

Fastlaners is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, networks, skills, and confidence to improve their job prospects and find meaningful employment. Over the course of the programme, participants meet professionals from a range of industries, receive mentoring support, participate in CV clinics and mock interviews, network with recruitment professionals, and develop the confidence to secure fulfilling employment.

We are proud to be a recipient of a Queen’s Young Leaders grant to deliver Fastlaners to 600 young people from 2016-2019.


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

Call Antonia (Manchester Project Manager) on 07468 691 617


Manchester Office

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

T: 07468 691 615