RFF Manchester is celebrating the completion of another Youth Leaders project! The latest RFF Youth Leader is Melissa, who is 15 years old and attends Brighter Futures Education in Salford.  

Melissa started working with RFF Manchester in October 2017 and wanted to take part in the project to help her gain skills and experience that would help her decide what she wanted to do after leaving school. She wanted to be able to achieve better grades and get some help with CV skills. 

In the initial project planning stages Mel expressed how she wanted to combine her interest in art with her interest in helping others by delivering a series of arts and crafts workshops in a special needs school. This would help her develop skills to work with children, being able to help them and give them opportunities. 

 With the help of Jess, her professional mentor, Mel was supported to design 4 x 1 hour workshops suitable for the students in the local community at Springwood Primary School. Each week the children would make something different that they could take home with them. Mel and Jess spent lots of time together coming up with suitable workshop plans, practicing workshop delivery as well as learning valuable Project Management skills by completing risk assessments and complying a budget for all of the workshop materials. 

 The workshops were brilliant thanks to Mel’s thoughtful planning and the children made canvases with their names on, animal masks, monsters and spring sheep!!! The workshops would start with some time to plan before all the children got stuck in, creating their masterpieces. The session would then end with discussion and all the students sharing what they had made. Melissa is now looking to start a child care course with a view to working with young children doing arts and crafts when she finishes school 

 Their teacher told us howthe children all really enjoyed themselves, learned lots and produced some fantastic artwork. 

Well done Melissa from everyone at RFF Manchester, we think you did a brilliant job and watching your confidence grow has been amazing! 

RFF Manchester would like to than our funders the Big Lottery and our partners Springwood Primary and Brighter Futures Education for enabling this opportunity to take place!