"Creating safe spaces for Muslim young people to explore personal,
social, spiritual and political choices"

Manaf Alderwish

My name is Manaf Alderwish and I am a British born Yemeni residing in Birmingham. I am a married father with two young children. I spent my early formative years living in Saudi Arabia and moved to Birmingham aged five.

I have spent most of my youthwork life operating in Balsall Heath and Sparkhill, Birmingham. This experience has helped to shape and define my approach to practice because of the diverse and multi ethic nature of these neighbourhoods, ultimately enriching both my experience and personal development as a practitioner.

Prior to this appointment I was a youth and community worker for the Balsall Heath Forum and I subsequently moved to work for the Birmingham City council as Project Leader for the SAFE project - A youth led city wide publication that won national recognition for it's outstanding youth participation. My proudest moment was receiving a Philip Lawrence Award in 2005.

I am incredibly passionate about youth work and the endless possibilities that can emerge from sustaining and developing purposeful relationships with young people.

I am thoroughly excited about the prospect of moving the Foundation forward and establishing the organisation as a centre of excellence for both good youthwork practice and as a resource for young people to engage and participate.



Manaf Alderwish

Bernard Davies

Gill Cressey

Abdullah Stephen Maynard


Sadaf Ali

Taniya Hussain

Bobby Sayyid

Tasneem Mahmood

Mohammed Kamran


Sadiqa Abdulla


Ruhul Tarafder