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Meet The Team - YPAC Manchester

Meet the team

Would you believe we have up to 8 youth workers at any one time working within your community supporting young people and their families, providing activities, opportunities and a safe supportive place to go? The team all have different experiences and skills which they bring.

Staff

YPAC have just recruited a new staff team which has been possible due to substantial funding awards by the Big Lottery National lottery, Manchester Youth Fund and Mission Development Fund.

The new team are a sign of how YPAC is growing not only through successful funding, but also by developing a team which can reach out to as many young people and their families as possible. Each team member brings a wealth of talent and experience which brings new energy and vitality to our work.

Andrew Seedall

Andrew Seedall

The team and organisation is led by the Project Manager, Andrew Seedall. It is Andrew’s role to realise the vision of YPAC within the community; develop and secure funding to both maintain and grow the Charity within the needs of the local area. As an experienced and qualified youth worker, Andrew first and foremost is a youth work practitioner who believes in the importance of informal education for young people within communities. Andrew has delivered youth work in Macclesfield, Liverpool, Salford and Peru. His time delivering Street Theatre to young people and former gang members in the North of Peru really gave him the drive to become a Youth Worker.

Sharon Bell

Sharon Bell

Sharon Bell is currently covering maternity leave for the Senior Youth Worker Emma Ellis. With 30 years’ experience as a youth worker and running young people’s services Sharon brings experience and enthusiasm which continues to be as fresh as any youth worker. Sharon leads on the Transition’s programme working in Park View Community School and within our evening sessions through the week.

Youth and Community Support Workers and Youth Work Co-ordinators

Sandy Hodnett

Sandy Hodnett

Sandy Hodnett has worked across Manchester whilst doing a Youth Work and Ministry Degree in Ardwick’s M13 youth organisation, youth projects in Reddish and Levenshulme. After two years working on YPAC’s HAPPY Families programme he enjoyed the Health and wellbeing aspects of the work so much he is retraining as a nurse. We wish him all the success of the Irish as he begins his training.

Kelly Roberts

Kelly Roberts

Kelly Roberts brings something unique to YPAC. Kelly is a fully qualified Youth Worker with many years’ experience. However Kelly is also a stand-up comedian, working the stages across the North West. Kelly will be working across the Transition programme and supporting the HAPPY Families team with our allotment.

Chris

Chris Macintosh

Hi, I’m Chris Macintosh and I am the new HAPPY families’ programme coordinator at YPAC. I worked in and around Manchester as a youth and community worker for the past 17 years, working with M13 Youth Project in Ardwick and Blackburn Youth Zone. My role will involve working with people in the work club on Friday, helping at the parenting course and providing advice. It’ll be great getting to meet people in miles Platting, so please say hi if you see me at the Holland Street Community Garden or out and about.

Giovanna Roberts

Giovanna Roberts

Giovanna Roberts our Project Administrator is one of the long standing staff members keeping the project running like clockwork and the team stocked up on home baked cakes. Giovanna has more recently walked through Jordan and volunteered in Africa to raise money for UNICEF.

Watch this space for info of our two new Peer Youth Workers.