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Meet the team

YPAC has an experienced team of Youth and Play Workers who spend their time developing the work of the project. Here’s a chance to find out some more about them!

Staff

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Chris Macintosh

Chris is the Youth Work Manager at YPAC and looks after running the project.  He has worked in and around Manchester as a youth and community worker for the past 20 years, working with M13 Youth Project in Ardwick and Blackburn Youth Zone. He has a passion to see young people from inner-city areas develop their potential and become agents of change in their community and City.

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Sharon Bell

With 30 years’ experience as a youth worker and running young people’s services, Sharon brings experience and enthusiasm to the team.  Sharon works in a variety of sessions and settings for YPAC, including work in the local primary schools, detached sessions in Miles Platting, Ancotes and Collyhurst, as well as delivering youth work sessions in St Georges Youth and Community Centre.

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Kelly Christopher

Kelly 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.

Kenny Stenton

Kenny Stenton is a professionally qualified Youth Worker with over 20 years’ experience.   Kenny has joined YPAC Manchester as North Lead Youth Worker and will be working on Detached/Street work across Collyhurst and working with the Collyhurst Big Local Young Ambassadors.  Kenny also works as a Freelance Youth Worker and prior to joining YPAC was a Youth Work Co-ordinator with Stockport Action for Voluntary Youth (SAVY).

David Lulengo

David is a qualified social worker with a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Process at the University of Salford.  Having lived in various areas of Manchester such as Longsight, Openshaw, Clayton and New Moston David knows the area well.  Prior to joining us at YPAC, David has worked 6 years at the National Cycling Centre, supported adults experiencing homeless, adults suffering adults long and enduring mental health. More recently David has been working in Oldham with Depaul UK where he was working with homeless young people to live independently. David is passionate about enabling young people to fulfil their goals and to help them take advantage of opportunities that are given to them.

Mark Adjei-Kumi

My Name is Mark Adjei-Kumi, I am the team leader for the East Detached Team. Prior to joining the YPAC family. I worked as Area Youth Work Manager leading the Detached team in the Claremont and Weaste communities. I have previously worked as a Youth Support Worker at Manchester college and the East Manchester Detached team. I also deliver life skills in high schools around Trafford and Salford  as a volunteer mentor for Salford Foundation in partnership with McDonald’s restaurant

Nihula Sameer

Nihula is our East Manchester detached youth worker. She has worked with the children’s society, Mthirteen and other youth services. She has experience of detached work, art therapy work, financial awareness work and more. I enjoy working with young people and providing them with support and opportunities which they may need.

Natalie Guest

Natalie works on our play sessions, creating fun play environments. 

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Quanita Ellison

Quanita is part of our North Manchester Detached team. Quanita has a history of both participating in and running good youthwork with M13 Youth Project in Ardwick. She also still works with M13 developing work with their girls group and has worked with Rathbones. 

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Chloe Muscat

Chloe joins us as part of our sessional Youthwork team. She has previously worked with Manchester Young Lives as an Apprentice Youth Worker

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Giovanna Roberts

After a brief break from the project, Jo has returned to YPAC thanks to the generosity of Manchester Youth Zone who have freed her for a day a week to help us with our Administration .