Ever wanted to start your own business or social enterprise? Join The Agency and turn your passion into a real-life project.

The Agency works with young people from the Moston and Harpurhey areas of Manchester and the Clapham Junction and Battersea areas of London, in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre and People’s Palace Projects.

Your idea can be about anything you like, from a boxing workshop to a music festival or a film project, as long as you can demonstrate how it inspires positive change in your community.

You’ll be invited to pitch your idea to a panel of experts and, if successful, be given £2000 to turn your passion into a project, business or social enterprise, as well as professional support and guidance to help you succeed.

    ‘It’s had a massive impact on my life, it’s inspired and empowered me.’ 

    Samuel, The Agency

    We have recently published a detailed report on the delivery of The Agency in Manchester and London. You can view it here: Agency Interim Report October 2017

    The Agency was originally developed by the Brazilian theatre maker and journalist Marcus Faustini in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, where the project has become a major force for change – Agencia de Redes para Juventude.

    In 2016 Agency participants from Manchester and London presented to politicians and policy-makers at the Houses of Parliament, speaking about their projects and the impact of the programme on their communities. The project was also the focus of a major Telegraph article: How the Rio Slums inspired a startup Revolution. 

    The Agency is funded by the Big Lottery and the founding funder was the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

    • Ages
      Aged 15-25 and based in Moston or Harpurhey
    • Contact

      Steve Vickers, Project Manager

    • Details

      Annually between September – April

    • 2017: Dynamic Beginnings

      Agent: Aneka Wain-Jones (16)
      A workshop and event-led project which aims to show young people a new light to life through the power of music. Working with local young people to improve their aspirations and confidence as well as challenge the stereotypes of young people from the territory.


    • Year 5: GCSE Cloud

      Agents: Dublin Adbue & Adedapo Efunnuga (16 & 15)
      A web app that allows anyone interested in expanding their knowledge in subjects of their choice and will allow the user to design their learning using a selection of resources consisting of videos, pod-casts and other relevant information.


    • 2017: EmpowHER

      Agent: Faidat Ope (17)
      Aims to connect successful women in sport with the younger female generation to inspire and empower them into embarking on their own journey into sport. This is a campaign that will go on to improve equality in the sporting world when it comes to opportunity, wage and recognition.


    • The Agency 2016

      AFROBASE Afro-Carribbean festival
      OPEN MINDS BUT SILENT SOUNDS' supporting young people's mental health
      CONSOLE CODE coding programme
      REEL IT IN community fishing project

      Find out more
    • The Agency 2015

      3 POINTS basketball project
      BOUNDLESS BOOKS a book-share and writing programme for young people in care
      AMPLIFY a new music platform.

      Find out more

    Credits & Partners

    • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
    • Big Lottery Fund
    • Battersea Arts Centre
    • People's Palace Projects