Heald Place Primary School

Letter for the children and young people of Manchester


To the children and young people of Manchester

The last few months have been tough. This pandemic has meant that schools and
youth clubs were closed, your favourite activities stopped, birthday parties cancelled,
holidays scrapped. Worse still, you’ve been stuck at home getting bored and
wondering when you’d ever see the outside world again.

We're hearing that many of you have even missed your schoolwork, and
every young person we've spoken to has missed their friends and wider family
members who don't live with them.

Sure, you can do a video call, but you know and we know that it isn’t the same as
meeting someone face to face. You’ve missed a big part of your lives over these last
few months and you’ve probably felt, like us, that things were out of your control.
We're writing to thank you for your immense patience during a very difficult time, for
your understanding of the difficulties that everyone is experiencing, and for
complying with social distancing which has saved countless lives.

As Manchester councillors we’re responsible for ensuring that we deliver the best
services for children and young people across the city. It’s been hard though over
these last few months to reach many of you. We have limited resources, we’ve all
been taken by surprise at the demands the virus has placed upon us, and resources
have been pushed into different areas while we try to cope with the staggering
effects of this disease.

But rest assured that you’re not forgotten, no, never that.

Manchester always comes together in tough times and we have. Thousands of
volunteers, young and old have been helping the city cope. They’ve packed food,
they’ve delivered games and activities directly to people’s homes, and they've helped
save lives.

We still need to do more; we will do more and we promise that as part of this we will
work harder to connect with you and any young person who feels isolated and lonely
and feels as though their future has little to offer. I can tell you now that we are 100%
committed to your well-being and making sure that nobody is left behind. We’re
working around the clock with your schools, colleges, youth teams, and city
employers to guarantee the kind of services that you deserve.

To every young person in Manchester we want to say that you’re our top
priority. You are the future of this great city and we are confident that when things
do return to normal we will all be stronger, more connected, more resilient, and ready
to reach the stars.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, Skills and Youth
Councillor Garry Bridges, Executive Member for Children and Schools