We've gone digital! Our sessions have changed for the time being.

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At Gorse Hill Studios we provide a welcoming space for a large amount of young people and we are proud to be at the heart of our local community.

Here young people receive invaluable help and support, as well as being able to express their creativity in a nurturing and supportive space.

In light of the recent Government guidance to help reduce the spread of the Corona virus we have had to temporarily close the doors to our building, and suspend all face to face and group sessions until a time when it is declared safe to re-open.

As devastating as this is, we are determined to stay connected to our community during this uncertain time and are therefore wholly committed to continuing our provision in whatever way we can via digital means.

Young people will be able to access ongoing mentoring, learning, advice and guidance via digital platforms.

We know they will need us now possibly more than ever before.

Gorse Hill Studios is a registered charity and our buildings temporary closure could be financially devastating for us.

That’s why we are asking for your help at this critical time - please consider making a donation to help sustain us and ensure we will be able to get back up and running, as soon as we can.

If you can support us during this time, please Give to Gorse by clicking the link below. It means so much to have your support. Thank you.

COVID – 19 Response

To help stop the spread of corona virus and for the safety of our staff, young people and the community we have made changes to the delivery style of our service at this time.

Through this difficult and somewhat surreal experience, that we are all going through, we want everyone to know we are here to carry on supporting our members, local community – we are working hard to have an online and digital services.

ACE, (Alternative Creative Education)

Following our decision to reduce face to face delivery of our services, we have put together a learning pack covering the core subjects, Maths, English and Science and a variety of Unit Awards in the Arts, Music and Independent Living Skills.

We will be available via email on


or by phone 01618666356 mobile 07501276571.

We have also started a Facebook group: ACE YP- young people need to be invited to access this group.

Young People

In order to access the group please request Gorse Hill-Studios as a friend. We will then add you to the group and you will receive a notification, you then need to accept. The group lets us all keep in contact with each other.

Louise will contact you via phone call on the days you normally attend Gorse Hill Studios to check in and see that everything is ok.

Sarah will happily discuss any work with you on email or Facebook chat and can even send extra over email for those that want to keep busy!


As of today, we will be closed and there will be no face to face group work delivery or activities at Gorse Hill Studios or any of our delivery centres. This includes, Davyhulme, Sale West Youth Centres and also Talkshop.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. We are still working, and young people will still be able to access us remotely. What this means is we will be using things such as Skype, Zoom and Facebook to have video meetings and sessions with our groups and individual young people. We already support lots of young people in this way and we are coming up with lots of ideas on how we can keep our online group activities fun and we look forward to hearing any ideas you have. Your youth workers will be in contact with you shortly if they been haven’t already.


All community groups and activities have been cancelled until further notice, this includes dancing, martial arts, and bhangrasize. Please contact those groups directly through their Facebook page, website or telephone number for more information.


Gorse hill studios staff are available via their individual emails. For general enquiries please contact hello@gorsehillstudios.

We will continue to update as information changes. We wish you all lots of health and happiness.

Welcome to Gorse Hill Studios

Gorse Hill Studios is an independently-run charity, established in 2015 and gaining charitable status in 2017 after previously being part of Trafford MBC for 16 years. We deliver services from a thriving youth arts centre based in the North of Trafford as well as outreach settings with specific contracts with key Local Authorities, Schools and Commissioning Groups, as well as working in partnership with several youth organisations.



Alternative Creative Education (ACE)

Our Alternative Creative Education (ACE) programme incorporates accredited arts and creativity, generating a wealth of positive impacts.

The ACE programme enables young people to continue with their education. Within the programme we offer one to one support, a bespoke programme of accreditation options and opportunities on a termly, timetabled basis - equipping young people with the skills, knowledge and resources they need to dream big and reach their goals. The ACE programme is delivered by professionally qualified, specialist staff, including youth/arts workers and where appropriate tutors for Maths and English.

Download the ACE case study to find out more


GHS currently work with care leavers as they are commissioned to run our aftercare forum. They have done some amazing work with the young people in the group. They have developed their confidence, skills and attitudes to a point where they can help me train other professionals. They are very flexible and always deliver. They are young person focussed. This is due to the great team Caroline has assembled. It is also due to her leadership by example. This has created a caring, can do culture who are always ready to go the extra mile if required.

If you ask any of their service users you would get a glowing report about GHS. Young people in care who spend time at Gorse Hill have requested that their social workers spend time there so they can see how they should work with young people. I think this is the ultimate compliment

- Mark Bailey, Trafford Children's Rights Service Manager

Want to help? We offer great volunteering programmes. CONTACT US

Virtual Tour

UK Youth Parliament

The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.

Youth parliament meets every Wednesday at Talkshop in Sale, from 4.30-5.45.

If you are in secondary education and have an inkling towards politics please come join.

Contact: tombland@gorsehillstudios.co.uk / 07585277702

Loud and Proud

Are you over 18 years old, based in the Trafford area and living with disability labels?

Are you eager to get involved in drama and arts, learn new skills and have a go at performing?

We’re looking for passionate people to join our new drama group, meet new people, learn new skills and have fun.

You’ll work with experienced professionals in the arts to

  • Learn new techniques in performance
  • Express your voice
  • Gain transferable skills
  • Earn new qualifications (PEARL accreditation)

Develop your career Presented by Proud and Loud Arts (PLA) in partnership with Gorse Hill Studios, our brand new performance group will launch in April 2020 and we want to hear from you! Express your interest by getting touch at info@proudandloudarts.com www.proudandloudarts.com


Behind Bars

Behind Bars is a durational piece of work curated by Gorse Hill studios and funded by Trafford council. Behind bars consists of a range of music projects, activities and events all aimed around reducing the risk of crime and violence for young people. Through these projects and events we will encourage positive decision making, reduce criminal involvement, provide professional work experience and teach employability and entrepreneurial skills.

As our 1st step on the Behind Bars journey we held a small scale conference to explore violent and controversial content in modern music for artists, educators, audiences and communities. It was an event of talks, discussions and performances on 5th of December 2019 at Gorse Hill studios. In attendance the was an exciting and balanced mixture of professionals working with Young people, Music, Local authorities and Law, along with young people including many at risk of criminal involvement or violence, and general public. The whole event was recorded in podcast form which you can listen to here.

Launch Pack

Podcast Warning: This podcast contains mature content.

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Contact us

Call us on: 0161 866 8356.

Visit us at: Cavendish Road, Gorse Hill, Stretford, M32 0PS.

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