Blocks is a 1-to-1 mentoring program to gives 8-11 year olds in Manchester Borough all the tools they need to move to high school effectively.

The program aims to build up a positive and trusted space with a dedicated mentor that will give them regular time to learn and develop new skills that will help them in their everyday life.
Our mentors are based in local school communities which gives the opportunity for children to see their mentor regularly in a session environment and in their daily school routine.
These sessions will provide time where they can work together on subjects such as;
• Confidence
• Self-esteem
• Managing difficult emotions
• Healthy relationships
• Coping strategies
• Planning for their future at high school
Blocks Manchester runs for the duration of the school academic year, with support also being available in school holidays. This would consist of sessions in local communities and positive activities to support the program in giving opportunities to use the skills children are being taught in their sessions.

Blocks is commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority in partnership with Salford Foundation.



What people are saying

"I enjoyed my experience on NCS because I was challenged by myself and others around me. I had a lot of inspiration to carry on and do better. I mixed with people from different backgrounds."

"Without Salford Foundation's support I'd be homeless. You've changed my life and I would never be able to continue my studies without your help."

"Coming here has changed my life around for the better. It has helped me stop offending by looking at why I did it in the first place and helping get things sorted out."

"I am now much more confident in my schoolwork and I listen more and my organisational skills are getting better each day."

"You would not believe the difference coming to Salford Foundation has made. I was sitting in my house, not speaking to anyone for days. My life has changed for the better. I have a life again."

"I can now start living my life again and not be afraid to open my front door. Thank you so much."

"Thank you so much for going above and beyond for my child. Your help and support has helped make such a difference in her life in such a small amount of time. I am truly grateful."

If you believe you have a young person who would benefit from Blocks Support, please submit the referral form to


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Greater Manchester Combined Authority