Annual Review


Since opening our doors in 2012, Mahdlo Youth Zone has provided a world of opportunities and support for thousands of young people in Oldham. This year has been no exception. As we began to remobilise our services early in the year, we took the opportunity to step back and reflect, consult and engage to ensure we continued to meet the needs and wants of Oldham’s community.

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we reflect on our achievements since opening and look ahead to the next ten years at Mahdlo Youth Zone and our aspirations for Oldham’s young people.

Lucy Lees
CEO, Mahdlo Youth Zone


Mahdlo's impact in the community


Mahdlo is about opportunity.

“We want all young people to be inspired to achieve their goals and be confident to take opportunities when presented.”

Youth Work

We've invested in another 10 years of youth work in Oldham.

DCMS and BBC Children in Need

Michael Josephson MBE's Charity Ball

Patron support from Oldham and afar

Business Breakfast with Mark Adlestone OBE DL

I love coming to Mahdlo because it’s fun! I’ve made new friends and get to have a good time. I also like to talk to the amazing staff, who everyone can talk to about anything.”

Community Support

Every year, the Oldham community steps up to support future generations.

Double Donation

This year, one mystery donor’s love of Mahdlo and our work meant they offered to match every donation received or pledged before 31 October. 

Three Peaks of Saddleworth

Last July, more than 240 people completed the Saddleworth Three Peaks Challenge, raising more than £15,000 for the charity.

The event has been running since 2016, and the walk last year saw participants taking on landmarks of Indian’s Head, Pots and Pans and Wharmton Hill providing walkers with incredible views of Oldham and beyond.

“After an eventful 10 years helping youngsters across the town, it is clear that the charity’s work will continue to make a difference to people if it continues to get the backing it needs.” – The Oldham Times


Celebrating ten amazing years of opportunity.

Working within the heart of Oldham’s communities, Mahdlo provides essential youth work to help young people grow and reach their potential. Since opening in 2012, Mahdlo has provided a world of opportunities and support for thousands of young people across the borough aged 8-19, up to 25 for those with a disability.

The charity gives Oldham’s youth the opportunity to participate in positive, exciting and constructive activities. Mahdlo inspires and motivates young people to achieve their goals and have the confidence to take opportunities when presented.

Mahdlo has given me all the opportunities I could need. I was able to improve upon skills for employability, and I felt a lot more prepared when I was starting work.
Senior Zone Member

The past ten years would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of Mahdlo’s patrons, supporters and the local community.

As a charity Mahdlo relies on the generosity of others to help raise £1.6 million per year.

The numbers

Sir Norman Stoller

CBE KStJ DL – President


Chris Wareing


This year’s annual review is a special celebration of young people.  Mahdlo Youth Zone works across the borough, whether that be through the DofE programme, activities in our Gym or Dance studio in the town centre hub or through our outreach programmes and sessions at a local level across Oldham….  we are supporting young people to be the best they can be and ensuring that they have every opportunity for their voices to be heard.

we need continued support to invest in youth work and our young people,  there are many ways you can support the charity through becoming a patron, volunteering, raising funds through community events and sponsorship or simply giving what you can when you can.

Mahdlo truly is a special organisation for our young people. It makes me so proud to say I’m from Oldham

None of this would be possible without your continued support, so thank you to everyone that has supported Mahdlo this year, your commitment means so much, it is valued and appreciated by us all but most importantly by our young people.

Core Founder

Founder Patron

Premier Patron























Company Number: 6946098
Charity Number: 1134427

Financial Report - 2021/22

Income £
Projects and grants 483,420
Patrons and donations 168,505
Council funding 300,000
Sales 108,734
Events and donations 119,430
Other income 130,137
Expenditure £
Delivery 929,468
Management costs 136,238
Building costs 106,122
Fundraising 59,704
Marketing 20,114


A visit to
10 Downing Street

We were honoured to host Hope Hack, run by The Hope Collective, to unite young people, explore critical issues, and give them a voice in how those issues are addressed.

Called Changing the Conversation, the Hack at Mahdlo Youth Zone saw a diverse range of young teenagers take to the stage to talk openly about their mental health in what was the second in a series of five initiatives being staged in major cities around the UK.

Following the Hack, Senior Zone member Molly was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet government policy makers and discuss these issues that formed part of a report authored by the Damilola Taylor Trust, UK Youth, NCS, 20/20 Change, OnSide, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and the London VRU.

Becoming recognised ski instructors with Snow Camp

The Snow Camp project enables young people to live experiences and receive opportunities that would not be typically available to them.

The opportunity to ski abroad is truly once in a lifetime, and unique in terms of outcomes for a project.

From the very start of the project, members were encouraged to mix with other youth zones, and are challenged to look vulnerable in front as they take their first steps onto the slope.

The life skills portion of the project goes beyond skiing and snowboarding, and helps young people to identify the tools they have within them that will help them to be successful in any walk of life, not just the snow sports arena.

Young people are challenged to think about themselves in ways they may not have done before, and are able to learn what their strengths are, and where their areas are for development.

Young people transition from complete beginners to having the confidence to teach others in less than a year, and a transformation such as this gives our young people the belief that they are capable of achieving big things if they apply themselves.

They are more confident, more self-aware, more sociable, and have gained a plethora of new skills. This years residential at the conclusion of the programme was the first time that our young people have been out of the country.

Snow Camp has done wonders in terms of broadening horizons and making our young people realise that the world is bigger than just their local area

Creating a vision for Oldham's future

At Northern Roots, a charity supported by Oldham Council and local businesses based at Alexandra Park, they’re developing an urban farm and eco-park based on residents’ vision from across the borough.

Mahdlo members aged as young as eight have been involved in the planning, design and development of areas of the site, including the new visitor centre, learning centre and location of walking trails.

Their vision for the future has meant a plan for the future has been submitted in a planning application; their vision for the future will actually be built for the community to enjoy for many years to come.

Having fun at Mahdlo Youth Zone

Opportunity doesn’t always mean the chance to go somewhere or achieve something.

For a lot of young people being able to relax, have fun with their friends and try new things is an opportunity they don’t get anywhere else.

In 2021 we celebrated the new school year, Halloween, Christmas and more with parties, we held football, basketball and cricket competitions and invited young people to show their creativity in the performing arts with a musical performed to our valued Patrons.