Mayor of Greater Manchester candidate calls for year of service

Helping young people get ready to start work and achieve their goals is a key priority for Sean Anstee, a City Year UK supporter who is running to become the first ever elected Mayor of Greater Manchester.

In his first policy announcement during the campaign, Sean Anstee (Leader of Trafford Council) has pledged to bridge the gap between finishing education and starting employment by establishing Greater Manchester’s very own year of service programme.


He announced his policy ‘A year of service, a lifetime of opportunities: A new, bold approach to becoming work ready in Greater Manchester during a visit to City Year UK partner school Cedar Mount Academy.

Announcing the policy Sean remarked: “Today I am announcing a major step change in how we, the people and businesses of Greater Manchester can come together in what would be an all round win for our city-region.

“Our new Greater Manchester year of service volunteers could support children to get better grades, help the homeless to get off the streets, aid the recovery of hospital patients or just looking after those who need help the most, in what could be a social revolution for our city-region.

“This Mayoral election is about doing things differently, and this announcement sets out a new, bold approach to becoming work ready in Greater Manchester. It shows how a year of service can be turned into a lifetime of opportunities for our young people.”

James Probert, Director of Strategy and Impact at City Year UK, said: “We are delighted that Sean has committed to supporting full-time volunteering in Greater Manchester. The City Year UK model has already proven that this type of volunteering has a significant positive impact on pupils and participants alike.

“But we are scratching the surface of what could be achieved. With support from the Mayor’s office, thousands more could be supported by full-time volunteers across of range of sectors and hundreds of Greater Manchester’s young people will be able to able to benefit from a real-world experience which gives them the skills vital for kick-starting their career.

“We would be delighted to work whoever occupies the Mayor’s office to grow full-time volunteering in the region following May’s election.”

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