Creating HideOut

How we started

HideOut Youth Zone opened in September 2020 and has since supported over 5000 young people across Manchester.

HideOut Youth Zone is being delivered in partnership with OnSide Youth Zones and Manchester City Council and is supported by a number of businesses and philanthropists, who have a vested interest in providing opportunities for Manchester’s young people.

Local businessman, Fred Done, made a personal donation of £6million to help create HideOut Youth Zone, and continues to support us throughout our journey.

Creating the HideOut brand

In February 2019, young people from East Manchester revealed the new brand identity for their Youth Zone – HideOut.

Working in partnership with the award-winning agency, Forever Agency, young people from across East Manchester were tasked to create a name, logo and brand for what we’re now known as ‘HideOut Youth Zone’

Diverse, together, unique, friendly and confident – these were the values which young people felt reflected their home city of Manchester and which inspired the creation of HideOut.

After months of working with Forever Agency, the young people’s development group came up with hundreds of potential names, of which the two strongest names went to public vote.

After a staggering 1,600 young people cast their votes in schools and youth groups across the city, HideOut Youth Zone was born.

We are proud to have worked with a diverse and talented group of young people from East Manchester, who together formed HideOut’s Young People’s Development Group.

The development group played a key role in bringing HideOut Youth Zone to life, including designing the look of interior spaces, deciding on the activities to take place at their Youth Zone, acting as ambassadors for their Youth Zone and being involved in interviewing Youth Zone staff.

HideOut Youth Zone is a charity dedicated to providing Manchester's young people with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.

Address: HideOut Youth Zone, 1 Queens Avenue, Manchester, M12 5PX


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