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Service Update

Hi everyone,
All YES centres will be closed until further notice in line
with the restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on 4
January 2021.
We will still be offering support and advice by phone, email and facebook; including help with CV’s, job applications, mock interviews, benefits & universal credit advice and more.
If you need any help or support you can contact us from Monday to Friday – 9:30am to 4:00pm in the following ways..
Phone: 0161 720 4090
Email –
or send us a message through facebook
Don’t forget there are still lots of jobs on our website
Stay safe & see you all soon,
All the best,
Yes Team


Hi everyone,

We are now closed for the festive period, and will be reopening on the 4th January. We hope that everyone has a great Xmas and New Year, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021!

Best Wishes, Yes Team



Huge award win for the life-changing work of ‘yes’

After helping hundreds of people in some of the country’s most deprived communities to find work, Northwards Housing and ‘yes’ have won a top prize at the UK Housing Awards.

Run by industry magazine Inside Housing, the awards shine a spotlight on the exceptional work going on across the country’s housing sector – from tackling homelessness to pioneering new technology.

Northwards won the ‘Resident employment and training award (<15,000 homes)’ for the success of yes. Originally established by Northwards and Manchester City Council in 2013, yes (Your Employment Service) is a community interest company that helps north Manchester residents find jobs, launch businesses and take advantage of training opportunities. The social enterprise was created as a subsidiary of Northwards to encourage, inspire and equip local people and help minimise the impact of welfare reform on our tenants.

The challenges

The yes team help people in some of the most challenging areas of Manchester. In the 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation results, over 13% of the homes Northwards manages are within the bottom 1% most deprived areas nationally. Over 66% of our homes fall within the bottom 10%.

Despite these challenges, yes has achieved some amazing results. Over the last seven years, yes has grown to run three centres in Newton Heath, Higher Blackley and Collyhurst. In 2018/19, they supported 235 people into employment, training or volunteering, 20% of whom had been out of work for over two years. The three centres had nearly 20,000 visits between them with over 1,100 new clients registering. Using the HACT social value calculator, for every £1 spent, yes generated £38 in social value.

Life-changing initiatives

The last two years in particular have seen yes spearhead some life-changing initiatives. Working alongside partners like Prosper Associates and UnLtd, yes has helped local start-up businesses get off the ground by running bespoke courses and a small grants programme.

Such examples include Althea, Kathy and Stuart – you can watch each of them explain how yes helped them launch their own companies below:


And by partnering with Procure Plus, yes and Northwards have created a construction training academy in Collyhurst, right in the heart of the proposed Northern Gateway area. With funding from the Department for Education, ‘The Cube’ supports those furthest away from employment into opportunities created within Manchester’s booming construction industry.

Into the future

Despite the pandemic, yes continues to help clients with dedicated support, offering one-to-one appointments in person or over the phone. More and more opportunities are publicised through The Cube continues to produce qualified students landing jobs with local employers. And preparations are being made for another start-up business course, launching in January 2021.

Sheila Sturgeon, CEO of yes said: “The pandemic means that the need for yes to support individuals and communities is greater than ever.

“Whenever there is a recession of any description, the people who are hurt the most are the people that haven’t been able to get the agility to switch careers at the flick of a switch, that need to update their skills.

yes will be at the centre of helping our communities cope with, and recover from, the difficulties we’re going to face.”

Small Steps…

Hi everyone,

We are taking a few small steps to move towards some face to face work with our clients.

You may see the Briscoe Lane shutters up on Wednesday and Thursday this week. We have an appointment system in place and are making sure that we can safely see a few people for a couple of days each week.

We cannot let anyone else into the centre who doesn’t have an appointment, so please do not try to enter.

You can still contact us by phone, email and facebook for a wide range of support, and we will continue this service until we are able to fully reopen to the public.

If this trial works well, we will soon be taking bookings for appointments for job related support via email & telephone, and we will keep you posted with more developments in the coming weeks.

Many thanks,

Yes Team

If you’ve lost your job as a result of Covid-19, help is at hand! – Employ GM

Employ GM

Keeping Greater Manchester working

Employ GM connects employers who have urgent temporary vacancies with individuals across Greater Manchester, who are available to start working straight away during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Support will be available for individuals who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19, and to self-employed people who have seen a significant drop in work. Including:

  • Matching people with the right vacancies
  • Careers advice
  • Training and skills development
  • Help finding both temporary and permanent roles
  • Redundancy support and help in instances where hours have been reduced
  • Support for people who have been furloughed to help them make decisions on volunteering, learning and training

More information can be found at

Help & Support from Yes

Hi everyone,
Whilst we are unable to reopen our centres, we will still be offering support and advice by phone, email and facebook; including help with CV’s, job applications, mock interviews, benefits & universal credit advice and more.
If you need any help or support you can contact us from Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 4.00pm in the following ways..
Phone: 0161 720 4990
or chat to us via facebook
Yes Team