On this page there is lots of information, guidance and support for young people in Greater Manchester as well as for those with children at home.

Creative Care Kit for Young People - new edition available (13-20)

The Creative Care Kits initiative is led by GMCA and since June 2020 has seen around 22,000 Creative Care kits (first edition) distributed to young people who are not online, and so may have been feeling more isolated and lonely as we entered the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each kit contains 36 pages of activities, hints and tips on protecting young people's mental wellbeing and a set of art materials. As well as giving young people something to do, the kits helped to create a sense of connection at a time when they are were not able to rely on face-to-face interactions.

Front cover of Creative Care Kit. Text reads: Creative Care Kit Keep Well with Creativity. 3 cartoon drawings of people writing, watering plants and meditating
Front cover of Creative Care Kit
(first edition)

Download the first edition Creative Care Kit booklet (pdf)

New for autumn 2020 - Creative Care Kits for young people second edition

The second edition Creative Care Kit for young people builds on the first version, but with a more of a focus on the kinds of things young people can do to get their voices heard, make changes for the better in their communities, and to find and act on their own passions.

The kit is designed for 13-20-year-olds, particularly those who face challenges accessing online resources and who need extra support at the moment.

Front cover of Creative Care Kit
(second edition)

Download the second edition Creative Care Kit booklet (pdf)

Creative Care Kits and other useful resources, information and support on offer to young people will be highlighted as part of the work carried out by Greater Manchester’s Youth Task Force as a Guarantee for young people is developed.

The Youth Task Force was set up to help young people in Greater Manchester, aged 11 to 30, feel more positive in what is a challenging and difficult time for many and these new Creative Care Kits are directly linked to key priorities of the Task Force's Keeping Connected and Staying Well groups.

You can find out more about this fantastic work on the YPG section of this website.

We would love to get your feedback, hear your ideas and see what you make or do. You can use social media to do this: @GM_Culture #GMcreativekits or by emailing: CultureTeam@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk.

For all ages, including young people aged 11-30

Kooth is an online platform that provides mental health support for children and young people.

Kooth (opens in a new tab)

Shout is there for anyone who is struggling to cope. You can send a text at any time to 85258 or find more information on their website.

Shout (opens in a new tab)

Home Start provides a variety of resources to help families during the Coronavirus outbreak, including information for pregnant women, how to talk to your children about Coronavirus, and activities to keep kids busy.

Home Start (opens in a new tab)

Manchester City Football Club has games to keep children of all ages active at home.

Cityzens at Home (opens in a new tab)

Resources to help support families during lockdown.

Save the Children (opens in a new tab)

For pregnant women and families expecting a baby

If you are expecting a baby, you can find information about maternity services and care here:

My Birth My Choice (opens in a new tab)

For children under the age of five 

Tiny Happy People has wide range of resources and activities for keeping young children entertained and learning at home.

Tiny Happy People (opens in a new tab)

Greater Manchester’s Ten Tips for Talking, is a set of evidence-based key messages for families, early years practitioners and the wider community which promotes interaction between young children and their families, from birth to age 5, to support early years development.

Ten Tips for Talking

Hungry Little Minds offers simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

Hungry Little Minds (opens in a new tab)

If your child is due to start primary school, BBC has information to emotionally, socially and physically prepare your child.

BBC Starting Primary School (opens in a new tab)

For children of school age

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's Training and Development Centre in Bury have created a fire safety in the home workbook for children aged between 7 and 11 years of age to keep children learning at home.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (opens in a new tab)

If your children are of school age, please contact their school for advice and guidance. In addition to the work provided by the school, you can find a number of educational resources for primary and secondary age children below.

Online educational resources (opens in a new tab)

An online Home Learning Resource aimed at protecting nine to eleven-year-old children from abuse and exploitation.

Mr Shapeshifter (opens in a new tab)