Help us to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment through a new community education centre in East Manchester.

The University of Manchester is situated next to some of the most deprived communities in the UK. In areas like Harpurhey, East Manchester, 43% of children live in poverty, compared to a national average of 25%.

It’s a tragic fact that children from deprived backgrounds have the odds stacked against them. Vulnerable children have an increased risk of future unemployment, mental health problems, drink and drug dependency, homelessness and antisocial behaviour, all of which have a devastating impact on society.

A new outreach centre

We want to partner with national charity IntoUniversity to build a new community centre for young people in East Manchester. Through a comprehensive programme of activities, we aim to inspire talented young people living in the most poverty-stricken areas of Manchester to fulfil their potential and obtain a world-class education.

The Centre will provide support for up to 900 young people aged seven to 18 across East Manchester, helping to improve their grades and raise their aspirations. Workshops, out of school study, aspirational coaching and personal support sessions aim to sow the seeds of future ambition for children, promoting a love of learning from a very early age.

Support for all

We know IntoUniversity works. In fact, 77% of school pupils who have taken part in IntoUniversity activities have progressed to higher education. But we also recognise that a university education is not suited to everyone. At our IntoUniversity centre, we will help young people to decide on a career route or training opportunity that suits them, putting them in touch with corporate volunteers and alumni of the University who are keen to help.

Meet Hallie


Hallie is from Harpurhey, East Manchester, one of the poorest parts of the UK. Despite not having the best start in life, Hallie managed to turn her life around. Now, thanks to donor support, she’s studying for a BA in English Literature at The University of Manchester.

Help us to make it happen

We need to raise £500,000 to help make our vision a reality. With your help, we can make sure students can fulfil their potential, regardless of their background.

Donate today and help us open an IntoUniversity centre so more young people like Hallie can have a brighter future.