What is #BeeWell?

#BeeWell is a new wellbeing programme led by the University of Manchester, the Anna Freud centre and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, that combines academic expertise with youth-led change to make the wellbeing of young people everybody’s business. Designed by young people, #BeeWell will survey the wellbeing of pupils in secondary schools across Greater Manchester from Autumn 2021, for at least three years, and use the results to deliver positive change in all our communities.

We plan to:
• Listen to young people’s voices
• Act together for change
• Celebrate young people’s wellbeing.

Co-creation is at the forefront of #BeeWell. We have worked with young people to design our name, our logo, our website, and everything from our social media presence to the #BeeWell survey itself.

We worked with more than 150 young people from pathfinder schools across Greater Manchester in the design of the survey, gaining invaluable insights into what wellbeing means to young people, what factors influence their wellbeing, and what makes them thrive.

The #BeeWell survey has two distinct sections that together reflect what young people have told us matters most, the Domains and Drivers of Wellbeing:


  • Meaning, Purpose and Control
  • Understanding Yourself
  • Emotions


  • Health and Routines
  • Hobbies and Entertainment
  • Relationships
  • School
  • Environment and Society
  • Future

Read this blog by Bethan and Meera from the Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority to find out more about how the #BeeWell Survey was shaped by the voices of young people. #BeeWell – Measuring wellbeing in secondary schools across Manchester – What Works Wellbeing

Participating schools and localities will receive feedback to support the wellbeing of young people. Arts and cultural organisations, youth clubs, sports clubs, businesses, charities and other actors have also committed to working together to improve young people’s wellbeing. But most importantly we want to work with YOU to ensure that young people are at the heart of the response to the #BeeWell survey and shaping the future of our communities across Greater Manchester.

How can you get involved in #BeeWell?

#BeeWell is supported by a fantastic Youth Steering Group, bringing together young people every month to shape the #BeeWell programme. The group is run by Youth Focus North West. If you are a young person and would like to be involved please get in touch with L.Dixon@youthfocusnw.org.uk.