Looking Back & Moving Forward

Making Children & Young People Matter 2018 Event 

On 14th July 2018 MAV will celebrate its 10th Annual Making Children & Young People Matter Event. It will take place in Manchester’s Piccadilly Garden’s. The Event will celebrate 10- years of working with young people in the local community and the reduction of gun crime in the inner-city of Manchester. It will also pay tribute to those we have lost as a result of gun, knife, and the terrorist attack in Manchester. This years event will bring together stage show acts from the past 10 stage events, which have all taken place in the city centre of Manchester. The first event was held in Manchester’s Albert Square in 2009. The event moved to Piccadilly Garden’s in 2013 and this became home for the event. MAV have made the difficult decision of making the 10th Anniversary Event the final city centre event. In 2019 we will have a new Making Children & Young People Matter Event which will take place at Hulme Community Hall, which is MAV new building. MAV will deliver support services from Hulme Community Hall, it is also available for hire to the general public, with free session available to young people, and reduced sessions for some local groups. Please click on the word link to visit our booking page.

Looking Back to the first Event in 2009

In 2009 Manchester City Council Cover the total cost of the event which took place on 23rd August. We are hoping Manchester City Council will cover the cost of this anniversary event. MAV applied for Manchester Event Funding in January 2018. We are still awaiting an outcome. Due to a communication technicality which Manchester city council have acknowledge was their error MAV’s application review was delayed and an outcome was not agreed. We are still awaiting the outcome. It would be great to see Manchester City Council support MAV last city centre event, as it did in 2009 when the event started. We will keep you update. on outcome. MAV have secured funding for the event from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this has allowed us to cover the cost of promotion, we also have a loan from funds raised from Hulme Community Hall  to help us until we are able to secure funds. We did not want to cancel the event due to funding we are confident all cost will be covered. In 2009 there was a need to highlighted inner city issues as local people were suffering the impact of gun crime. MAV wanted to ensure local budgets would priorities children. MAV also wanted to continue making Every Child Matter.  MAV was keen to make local government evidence the impact of the change in children and young people living in the inner-city of Manchester. At part of the event, there was a planned march which started at All Saints Park, Oxford Road, Manchester and ended at Albert Square. The march was later called Million Mothers Milling and took place before all of the Albert Square Making Children & Young People Matter Events.

The move to Piccadilly and the changes made to local marches in the city prevented MAV from continuing the march through the city centre. However, this gave the planning committee more time to focus on the stage event making it bigger and better. In 2013 the first event held in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester, Manchester had a sun-filled day and the Making Children & Young People had the largest attended audience of its history, over 800 people attended and the show went down as one of the most successful Making Children & Matter Events. We are planning to top this number this year. We are currently experiencing a sun-filled summer in Manchester and we hope this will ensure people are out in high numbers and in high spirit (non-alcoholic please). The 2018 event will have some amazing guests who have all been part of the 10-year history, as well as new performers. MAV are pleased to welcome back Manchester Inspirational Voice Choir. The choir will close the show with a memorial tribute for lives lost over the past 10 years to violent crime in the city. This will include those lost to acts of terrorism. Temiah will also perform Temiah has graced the stage more times than any other singer. She has been on the performers list a total of 5 times over the 10-year history of the event. We are also happy to have Jsky back. It is always great to have someone who has continued to make music and develop their craft as Jsky has over the past few years. We are pleased to announce an additional artist who has confirmed her attendance, after performing in London’s Westend theatre Thriller Live, Ione is the events final announced guest performer. Ione will open the Making Children & Young People Matter Event. Please don’t miss her performance, get there at 1pm when everything will start with a countdown.

The events celebration t-shirt will be sent free to all those making a donation to Mothers Against Violence between the 14th July 2018 and 14th September 2018. Please follow the link below to make a donation. The t-shirt will also be on sale and will cost £5.00. It is available in a number of sizes, small, medium, large and Ex-Large. Also for our final year we are using all the colours we have used over the past 10 years. So it is available in the MAV logo colours, black, white and red. All money raised will go to the Looking Back & Moving Forward Project.

To make a Donation to Mothers Against Violence clicking on the Donate Now Link below. We will ensure your money will support the Looking Back & Moving forward Events. They will start after the launch of Looking Back & Moving Forward on 14th July 2018.

Should you wish to support one of MAV other programmes please don’t hesitate in making this clear when you donate. We will be sure to ensure your donation supports the project you wish your funds to support. Thanks in advance.

Looking Back & Moving Forward 

Mothers Against Violence (MAV) are pleased to be completing two years of official celebration. The charity is in its 18th Year and plans are underway to have a celebration book published in the new year. The booking will cover MAV’s 18-year history and will feature stories from those founder members who set the foundation of the charity. The Looking Back & Moving Forward Project will allow MAV to look back at an 18-year history which has changed the face of the local community. MAV has changed lives and more importantly saving lives. Looking Back & Moving Forward project delivery will be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are so pleased to have the Heritage Lottery fund onboard with this local history project. Capital Fund for the development of Hulme Community Hall will be supported by Clothworkers’ Foundation they have seen and supported MAV’s vision, Clothworkers’ Foundation understands the project need. Both funders have worked with us before and we are really looking forward to having their support again.

MAV is in the first year of development of a new community engagement project which is Hulme Community Hall (HCH), MAV’s new lease building is key to developing low-cost space for community groups and free space for youth engagement projects which includes a week-long free to access summer school and evening activities to engage young people. Looking Back & Moving Forward (LBMF) is a new project for 2018 and will allow MAV to build a new foundations for activities taking place at HCH for young people. MAV have worked with young people in the local inner city area of Manchester since 1999 providing educational and employment support. In addition to this MAV have also provided, free counselling and mentoring with the ACCESS Project for young people and their families. MAV work with local schools, probation services and prisons delivering workshop which focus on the impact of violence which includes gun, knife and gang-related crime. Mothers who have been victims of such crimes share their stories in local schools and colleges, this helps young people see the impact caused by these acts of violence. The overriding response from young people is positive, evidence from previous feedback show MAV’s workshops reduce and prevent acts of violence by ensuring children and young people choose positive activities and better manage issues of anger and conflict. The workshops also allow young people to develop skills to be positive leaders, creating opportunities to make better choices in developing friendships. MAV are pleased to report 85% of young people MAV work with report MAV workshops provides them with skills to ensure they are safe within the community and provide preventative measures to deescalate conflict at the earliest opportunities.

Interestingly MAV has now been around for the lifetime of all young people in Manchester of educational school age. The LBMF is a celebratory project and will provide learning as well as celebrate the achievements of the charity. HCH is one of those achievements. There is a need for additional activities in the local area to reduce anti-social behaviours in the community. The inner city still has high levels of anti-social problems and sadly knife crime is on the increase on a national scale. MAV are pleased to see our local work has reduced overall gun crime in the inner city of Manchester. HCH will extend opportunities for LBMF and future projects to impact the national issues of knife and gang related crime.

At the end of the LBMF Workshops, an evaluation will be completed. This process is completed in a group session and also with evaluation forms. This will help with developing future projects.

LBMF Workshops are completed in 6 hours (One School or Educational Day)

The beneficiaries will:

1. Increased access to historic activities in the local community
2. Local people engaging in local history activities
3. Reduced anti-social behaviours due to increased positive engagement
4. Volunteering opportunities for local people during the summer
5. Research project work for local Manchester University Bases Students
6. Improved access to historic local community space
7. Improved local educational resources: Published Book & Online Information

The LBMF will also give the project a new focus for Making Children & Young People Matter Events in the future. There will be a new Making Children & Young People Matter Event which will have a local focus and will be directed more at children and young people engaging over a week-long period, rather than just one day.

MAV is always looking for volunteers please get in touch if you would like to work with us on this project or any of the others.

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Big Lottery Funded Work Again Road Map (WARM) Project

Work Again Road Map (WARM) 2017 So Far….

WARM is a new project which promotes the eradication of violence and seek to relieve our local communities of the effects of violence by supporting people into employment, education and training. WARM advances the education of the public concerning issues of violence in particular anti-social behaviour which includes gun, knife and gang related crime and its impact upon those affected by it. WARM is working to assist local people in the city of Manchester and their families to find meaningful training, employment or work experience while working in partnership with other relevant voluntary/community groups or charitable institutions. WARM provides support for Schools, Youth Offending Teams, Probation and Prison Services. The project is currently raising funds with the help of funding grants, donations and fundraising events. However  there is a long team plan to be self sustainable.

WARM has a key focus on ex-offender’s rehabilitation, settlement and mental health. The programme provides support in developing knowledge and understanding the employment market and prepares beneficiaries for job interviews. MAV already has experience in supporting those held in prison and those who are going through the rehabilitation process. Many have questioned why a service which was set up to support victims of gun crime is interested in supporting perpetrators of crime. MAV believe that many of those held in prison are often victims too; victims of a poor society which has often failed to provide positive learning experiences in the early years. MAV have provided service for 12 years to those in prison the support has included a letter writing service, workshops and support for the prisons therapeutic community.

We have gained many recommendations for our work in the community. We received the Volunteer’s Community Award from the Queen in 2004. MAV not only has strong relationships with the prison service but also with GMP police, Youth Offending Teams and we also had a place on the Home Office’s Round Table for Gun and Knife Crime from  2004 -2008. Recently we have developed relationships with services which provide an alternative to reoffending behaviours through business, education and employment development.

MAV have worked with an experienced advisor who has works closely with offenders who are seeking employment training. WARM is working with young people leaving school and college or those who have not completed formal education or are considered Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) these vastly unsupported group have higher chance of been enticed into criminal activity.

MAV Founder Member Patsy Mckie speaking at this year Making Children & Young People Matter (MCYPM) Event (which was attended by Guest Singer Michelle John Semi-Finalist of 2017 The Voice) said;

WARM is a community incentive. The project has already helped young people by linking them to a mentor who supports them into employment. I have watched them move from hopelessness to success using the WARM mentoring programme of support. MAV will be celebrating these achievement at our 2017 Annual General Meeting. This year we  will celebrate 18 years of MAV, and the grand opening of MAV Hulme Hall. The MCYPM Event has brought together all the work we have done throughout the year. WARM is a key part of this, further investment is needed to ensure WARM succeeds. The trustees of the charity are working with the local community to ensure success happens.             

WARM’s project objective is to give reformed ex-offenders and those NEET young people, employment mentoring, through training, education and one to one personal development sessions. WARM will also provide additional long-term support which will include mentoring, counselling and life coaching this will help to ensure sustainability for those completing the programme. MAV will invest in the service finically as we believe this helps us establish ownership. WARM has raised funds for the initial one year trial with the support of Big Lottery Fund.  MAV have also complete sponsored events and charity collections. MAV have raised funds for many of our services in this way and we are confident we can rise any additional funding throughout the year in order to ensure WARM is completed and a full assessment of the project is conducted by March 2018.

MAV is using its current referral process with prisons, youth offending services and colleges in the local area. WARM will help participants gain an understanding of working environment and provide support, encouragement and job opportunity for ex-offenders, youth offenders and those considered as NEET.

MAV Hulme Hall Seven Year Lease Completed

MAV have completed the lease for Hulme Hall as part of the WARM Project commitment. It was vital to WARM that we had a building in which projects and workshops could be delivered. MAV made the Hulme Hall lease part of the main outcomes for the WARM Project. We are pleased that the lease has now been agreed between Manchester City Council and Mothers Against Violence.

Hulme Hall will remain a community resource and will be a venue for hire in the local community. MAV are keen to invest time and money into Hulme Hall to ensure that the venue is good quality and highly competitive in the local area. Hulme Hall will have it’s own booking page on MAV website in October 2017

MAV will continue to seek additional funding for the WARM so that the project is able to be comfortably delivered at Hulme Hall. Plans include new tables, chairs and kitchen fittings. These will also be available for hire making the overall project cost effective and profitable. The development of Hulme Hall will ensuring greater opportunities are given to those who have lived in our community.

WARM will encourage those taking part in the support programme to aim for personal success and achieve positive change in their personal development. MAV Hulme Hall will address additional need in the community as it puts particular attention on easy access to venues in the community.

Next Step for WARM 

MAV plan to work closely with Local Charity Re:vision. Re:vision is a charity set up by a local business Procure Plus. Procure Plus and MAV have had several meetings to plan future developments to work together. Re-vision are encouraged by MAV’s vision and have expressed interest in support us with employment opportunities for participants and support with the overall development of the project. MAV and Re:vision have many of the same aims and objectives which link us to supporting those who are finding it difficult competing in the job market. WARM will regularly conduct feedback of experiences on aspects of the projects; beneficiaries will be asked to evaluate the process of learning throughout the programme. The final result of such evaluations will has a large influence on the project development.

MAV need your Donations

Should you wish to support the WARM Project or any other services the charity deliver, please head to our donation page. Just click on Donate Now button blow.

If you would rather get in touch to make a donation then please contact us using MAV contact details below.

Phone: 0161 226 8134
Email: office@mavuk.org

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Making Children & Young People Matter 2017

MAV Working to Support the Local Community 

Mothers Against Violence (MAV) are back planning for our Annual Event Making Children & Young People Matter. The event will be held on 15th July 2017 in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester from 1pm until 7pm. It is a Free Family fun Day  and this year we will be having Semi-Finalist Michelle John from ITV “The Voice” as our special guest singer. Michelle will share her story at the event supporting MAV’s commitment to none violence. There events key themes will be “I believe the children are the future.”

MAV Hulme Hall Projects 

MAV have completed several activities over the past few months. We have also been busy working with Manchester City Council completing the handover of Hulme Hall. Hulme Hall has been a community resource for more than 14 years. It had been considered for closure by Manchester City Council due to high running cost. The Hall was put out for tender as part of the local authorities bid to engage community groups with managing community resources. MAV completed a successful bid for the management and gained the lease of Hulme Hall.We have worked with the local council  to ensure the Hall remains open and local groups continue to have access to this valuable community resource. Hulme Hall will now be run under a community management lease. MAV have now successfully agreed terms and conditions of the lease which should see us managing Hulme Hall until 2022. Planning for the takeover has taken much longer than we had planned, each stage seemed to bring new challenges. However, we are now coming to the end of the process and we hope that it will all be worth the wait, for the charity and for the many local groups who will use the Hall in the future. We do hope to complete some development work on the Hall.

We are currently looking at funding opportunities to sustain the long-term plans for the Hall, we do hope we can secure funding by January 2018. MAV will provide a low cost venue for community groups in the local area. Bookings for the Hall will be completed online and through the MAV website. We will also take bookings by email and phone. More details will follow. Please feel free to contact us should you be  interested in making a booking. See below for current contact details.

Phone: 0161 226 8134  Email: office@mavuk.org  

MAV Youth Residential  

MAV completed a residential weekend December 2016. It took place in London with young people from the local community. The weekend included a MAV workshop developed by ACCESS Lead Ian Swanston. The workshop called the Eight Principles of Successful Living focused on the young people working together to achieve a common goal. The aim was to enable delegates to identify key areas in their lives which are impacted by the principles and how to stay in control emotionally if ever facing hostility in the playground or the street . The key objectives were to gain an understanding of the eight principals of successful living and recognize the value of each principle and identify tangible examples of ways in which these can be demonstrated in everyday life. The young people then developed an action plan, aligned to each principle, to build upon the lessons learned at the workshop and strengthen the areas covered by the principles.

The group also completed a theatre trip to see The Lion King in central London. The story of the Lion cub Simba in the story Lion King was a reflective assessment of all Eight Principles talked through in the workshop. The young people found the experience very enjoyable and because of this many felt the weekend was too short and said it needed to be longer. They found the link between the workshop and the theatre trip was very helpful as they could reflect and see examples of the eight principles through the story of Simba in the Lion King story.

Some of the additional feedback given by the children during the evaluation of the residential weekend is highlighted below.

” I liked working with others in the group game activities during the workshops. I learnt something new”  (Micah)

”I loved the hotel and traveling to London, I had never been to see the Lion King so it was all good for me”  (Tequila)

”MAV are really good they help us learn about how to manage our feelings and not be violent to other people” (Taya)       

”I wanted to do it all over again we learnt about keeping the peace. We had good food and good company it was all good, it was just too short”  (Aqua)

         

MAV are currently working on securing more funding to give opportunities to more young people to attended what seemed to be a very positive experience. All the young people on the residential weekend were experiencing a theatre production for the first time. MAV are keen to give young people in the local community new experiences which will inspire them to seek greater opportunities for themselves. We believe new experiences provide young people with the chance to think about new things they can do in the future. The young people were able to complete a dance during the weekend which was motivated by music from the production of The Lion King. The dance will be preformed at this years Making Children & Young People Annual Event 15th July 2017 in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester. See poster above for more details.

MAV Mentoring, Counselling & Mental Health Support      

There were also workshops held at schools across Manchester. Patsy Mckie shared her story of the loss of her son who was murdered almost 18 years ago. Patsy helped and encouraged young students to think about positives ways they could improve their local communities. MAV’s focus for the past year has been “I Matter U Matter” this was the theme of last year’s Making Children & Young People Event. I Matter U Matter (IMUM) mentored 35 Children and Young People (CYP) living in the inner city of Manchester. IMUM secured funding for 18 months.  Awards for All and the Youth Aspiration Fund were the two funders who supported the project. The funding started in September 2015 and is now coming to an end. The CYP were selected through a referral process which saw high schools and youth offending teams along with MAV’s Making Children & Young People Matter Project select disadvantaged CYP, some of which were not in education, employment or training. These CYP were supported with one to one support such as mentoring, counselling and coaching. The aim of the project was to provide more specialists support for CYP emotionally and mentally.  The IMUM was also keen to look  at how youth are affected by radicalism,  MAV are aware of the local and national rise in young people being radicalised as a result of extremism, the charity has local experience of this issue and has recently been actively engaging with local young people and the Home Office to address some of the issues that are raising national concern. Recently MAV have been invited by the Home Office to be part of the government’s response to this growing concern.

MAV committed part of the IMUM funding to help address mental health issues. MAV has invested in IT development for the counselling service ensuring counselling and mentoring support can be offered online and over the phone. MAV are getting a higher number of counselling support referrals from outside of Manchester. We are now offering counselling support over the phone and using Skype to engage with people in need of support. The A Community Counselling & Emotional Support Services (ACCESS) has reviewed the way it currently provides community based support and has now increased counselling sessions off site. This year more sessions were offered in the community over the phone and online than at the MAV counselling office.  There was a significant reduction in support offered in house or onsite. The review of this will continue until the end of 2017 and ACCESS will bring a report to the MAV management committee for them to make a final decision on how the counselling services will deliver the majority of counselling support in the future.

MAV Encouraged by Royal Promotion   

IMUM have worked with CYP promoting and developing performance skills which include dance, music, poetry and song writing skills. Many of the young people  we have supported over the years will be joining us on 15th July 2017 at the Making Children and Young People Matter Event (details above).  IMUM had 5 key areas in which the project was designed to address. One area is young peoples Mental Health & Wellbeing. MAV was encouraged by the younger members of the Royal Family that were promoting improved mental health with the “The Heads Together” campaign. The Daily Mail reported that a spokesman for William, Kate and Harry said: ‘Through their work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, their royal highnesses have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges. ‘They are passionate about tackling the stigma surrounding the issue. ‘Too often, they have seen that people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. ‘This fear of prejudice and judgment stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. They want to help change the national conversation.’ A spokesman for the three Royals said the three are ‘incredibly grateful to be working with charities who have achieved so much in the fight against the stigma that surrounds the issue’.

Read more below on Daily Mail Website.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3556081/Kate-William-Harry-support-mental-health-charity-campaign.html#ixzz4giajDzp0

MAV Business Development Success    

MAV Trustees completed a review on individuals that benefited from Business Development Education Training Programme (BDETP) in 2016. BDETP helped 4 people returning to the community after being in prison set up their own business. The BDETP helps people with an offending past who find it challenging to get employment when they have left prison and seek alternative ways of ensuring they are able to earn a salary. This reduces the need to returning to criminal activity.  MAV interviewed the beneficiaries  5 -7 months after they had received mentoring support from the BDETP. This gave MAV a clear view of how sustainable the BDETP is in ensuring these young businesses succeed in the first 6 months after being registered. One business established reviewed was based in Liverpool. Craig had his business idea while in prison and accessed the BDETP when he was coming to the end of his sentence. He first met with his BDETP mentor Carl Montlake when he was out on day release. Craig was keen for MAV to share his story as he found the BDETP support was key to him being able to succeed. Craig is the owner of Accra & Faust Diamonds which is a high end watch and jewellery shop in the heart of Liverpool city centre. The idea was formed in prison and Craig started studying while in prison to ensure he was ready to start his plan as soon as he left prison.

Craig said; Having the idea was the start but keeping yourself motivated and the dream alive while you are in prison was the challenge. I found the mentoring support BDETP provided key to my success. Meeting with his MAV mentor who understood the challenges and was willing and able to help me through was absolutely priceless. If it was not for Carl’s knowledge and his understanding of my position it could not have worked for me. BDETP was right there for me when I needed to talk through anything Carl would be there. He took me through a clear programme of support and was a key motivator.  

Craig will be joining us at the Making Children & Young People Matter Event on the 15th July 2017 in Piccadilly Gardens to share his story on stage. We look forwards to welcoming him at the event. Please see poster above.

MAV need your Donations

A MAV Making Children and Young People Matter T-Shirt is available for £6.50. We will also send any online donation made over £50.00 a free T-Shirt. Donation must be made before 15th August 2017 to receive a free T-shirt. T-shirt will be on sale from 1st June 2017. To make an order please contact us using contact details below.  We will be more than happy to reserve a T-shirt  for you. We have sizes in small, medium, Large & Extra Large.

MAV are always looking for opportunities to get the community together to raise funds. We were at our ASDA local supermarket bag packing and raising funds at the end of last year. It was great to have MAV volunteers come out and support the bag packing. We would also like to thank ASDA for their continued support with are fund raising events. MAV will also be collecting funds on the 15th July 2017 at our Making Children and Young People Matter Event.

MAV have also secured further fund from Awards for All for 2017. We are continuing to consider other funders who would support the work we do in our local community.

Should you wish to support the charity then please head to our donation page click on Donate Now button above or if you would like to get in touch then please contact us using MAV contact details below.

Phone: 0161 226 8134

Email: office@mavuk.org  

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I Matter U Matter 2016

Doing It Again Just Because You Really Matter!   

Mothers Against Violence are pleased to announce that our 8th Annual Event Making Children & Young People Matter will be held in I Matter U Matter 2016Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre, on Saturday 9th July 2016, from 1pm until 7pm.

Last year over 300 people attended our popular stage show event.  This year we return to Piccadilly Gardens for our 8th successful annual event packed with children’s activities, food and information stalls  where you can see your favourite up-and-coming artists perform on stage.

Making Children and Young People Matter is based on the Every Child Matters outcomes. We aim to support our young people to make positive contributions to society to achieve economic well-being, to enjoy these achievements and to be safe and healthy.

This year’s theme is ‘I MATTER, YOU MATTER’.  It supports children and young people by providing a space for celebrating and showcasing talent in the local community. There will be lots of opportunity for dancing, singing, arts and craft, as well as food stalls, a bouncy castle, children’s entertainment, a sensory bus and much more.

IMUM Banner 2016 Final Copy

Mothers Against Violence is committed to making this year’s event the best ever. Please I Matter U Matter 2016 T-Shirts join us for what will be a great family day of entertainment and celebration! We look forward to seeing you in one of our event T-shirt on 9th July 2016. Please order your t-shirt using our donate link below or making contact using details below. T-shirts are only £6.00 and come in a range of sizes Small, Medium, Large and X Large.

MAV are hopeful for the future. We want to continue doing the work we do supporting local schools, youth offending services, prisons and providing counselling and mentoring. Please kindly make a donation. Just click on the Donate Now link. This will take you to our donation page.  If you send us Donate Nowa donation using our PayPal link we will send a free t-shirt to the first 10 donation made before the event on 9th July 2016. You must make donation to I Matter U Matter using our donate link below.

Anyone interested in getting involved as a sponsor, artist or volunteer should contact us using information below. Please visit are YouTube promotion link

MCYPME Manchester

Email: office@mavuk.org         Phone: 0161 226 8134

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