• Making a Difference in Young Peoples’ Lives

    MYA is a charity dedicated to providing innovative support and opportunities for young people across Merseyside. By placing children and young people at the centre of everything we do, we make every journey personal.


    years in the making


    established projects


    different young people

    133, 430

    direct contacts this year

  • Real, wide-reaching positive change

    Our experienced team are committed to creating impact that spreads out into the community – opening eyes, minds and possibilities far and wide.


    Incubator Pen is a ground breaking 12 month programme, designed to empower the next generation of Music Industry Professionals within Liverpool. Following on from 2023’s hugely successful ‘Next Gen: Music Boss’ programme, hosted by Noise in collaboration with Yaw Owusu (Nothin’ But The Music) and supported by Kevin McManus (Head of Unesco/LCR Music Board), we are so proud to announce this exciting new programme that will run…

Who Are MYA?

We are Merseyside Youth Association and since 1890 we’ve been creating real, wide-reaching change that ensures children and young people are better equipped to shape their own futures.

Through a range of dynamic, caring, high quality charitable services and interventions we make every journey personal, so each interaction – big or small – ripples out into the wider community and society as a whole.

Our Projects

Whatever the context, all our projects are delivered by experienced, passionate professionals with a view to creating long-lasting positive impact throughout the wider community.


    Plugging in the next generation of Liverpool musicians.

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    Our flagship project for performing and creative arts.

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    An eclectic range of mental health programmes for children, young people, parents and teaching staff.

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    Our innovative employability programme that’s setting the UK standard.

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    Our fun and inclusive youth club provision where you can try new things.

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    Creating opportunities for children and young people with a disability, and their carers.

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    Your adventure starts here – at our lakeside centre on the Lord Derby estate in Knowsley.

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    Our ground-breaking youth work collaboration with Knowsley council.

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    MYA’s innovative, accessible, wraparound alternative to the Job Centre.

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    A hospital-based intervention service for young people at risk of violence.

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We believe in the power of strong community, and aspire to be one ourselves.

That’s why we champion a supportive, adaptable working culture that allows individuals to feel heard, give their best, and develop themselves personally whatever their role.
People Focused
Children and Young People are at the heart of everything we do – the way we listen, think, feel and act. We build a sense of belonging through meaningful interactions that enable CYP to find their place and shape their own futures. This is underpinned by our of team of passionate and relatable people who have a shared understanding of what is right – to co-create change with CYP.
Community Builders
We believe in the strength of community and bring together our incredible team and partners to champion CYP at a personal and societal level. Our work creates positive impact that ripples throughout communities from one-to-one relationships through to families, neighbourhoods and beyond. We are passionate about building a stronger sector and are a leading voice amongst our community of partners as we seek to influence the system of the future.
Change Makers
Through every interaction, large or small, we inspire and empower Children and Young People to take a step forward and positively change their lives.

Adam’s Story with Talent Match Plus

24-year-old Adam has mild cerebral palsy and learning difficulties, and his referral to Talent Match Plus by a DWP work coach was his first experience with a trusted and supportive adult.
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Many thanks to our funders

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