UK - Young Health Programme


Manchester and surrounding areas, Cambridgeshire and the two further locations to be confirmed


2020 – 2025

The local context

Health outcomes in the UK are worse for those in the poorest communities1. Recent UK research shows that the health inequalities experienced by young people can lead to poorer long-term health outcomes and an increased likelihood of developing some non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in adulthood.2

There is also a growing evidence that links mental health challenges in young people (including stress, loneliness and anxiety) with negative long-term health outcomes and that the particular needs of girls and young women can be overlooked.


Our objectives

To support and work with young people in the UK to realise their right to good mental health and wellbeing, regardless of their gender.

The programme will reach 130,000 young people (aged 10-24) through local community programming and UK-wide research, advocacy and events.

Our programme

The Young Health Programme UK works with young people to understand the challenges they face around mental health and wellbeing, and together design solutions that work for them.

YHP UK uses the principles of Youth-Centred Design by placing young people at the centre of the design process to create, test and adapt solutions for the challenges they face. This will enable the programme to develop and evolve with the changing needs of young people over the five years.

Starting in Manchester and the surrounding areas, each year the programme will peak activities in one of the four locations and carry these successes and learnings to the next for the following year.

The team will build relationships with local youth organisations to deliver sustainable local change and share knowledge and good practice with professionals working in health and youth sectors.

YHP UK will also conduct research examining health inequalities in the UK from a rights, gender and youth-led perspective to advance understanding and inform advocacy for help develop a legal and policy environment that promotes the broader health of young people.

Our partners

Plan International UK is a global children’s charity working with girls and boys growing up in some of the world’s poorest communities, making sure they have access to the education, health care, clean water and future opportunities they need to thrive.


1. Nuffield Trust, 2020,  Quality and Inequality – Digging Deeper Available at accessed October 2020.

2. Health Foundation, 2018, The social determinants of young people’s health Identifying the key issues and assessing how young people are doing in the 2010s. Available at accessed October 2020.