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
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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

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Reflecting on Success Moving Towards Excellence

Good Morning Britain Working Towards Excellence in 2016

MAV were pleased to give their views on the recent figures released showing a growing number of young people being involved in firearms offences.  Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed there were 1,549 arrests of children for suspected crimes involving firearms, air weapons or imitation guns, including 506 charges brought by police. The figures were alarming however Ian Swanston a trustee and counsellor for MAV focused on the fact there is good work going on in local communities.

Ian Swanston MAV Trustee and Counsellor interviewed.

Ian Swanston MAV Trustee and Counsellor interviewed.

Ian said; Manchester inner city communities had seen a decline in the numbers of young people involved in gun related deaths. Often young people are being used by older young adults involved in gangs who are trying to hide weapons. Ian appeared on Good Morning Britain and Sky News, he was also featured in The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers on Tuesday 29th March 2016.

Patsy Mckie took part in thePatsy Mckie founder member of MAV Digital Twitter Debate on the 22nd February 2016 with Labour MP Chuku Umunna. The debate tookTwitter Debate place online 10 days before the House of Commands debate on the 3rd March 2016. The debate was promoted with the twitter hashtag #StopYouthViolence. It was said to be the first debate of its kind just before a House of Commons debate. Chuku Umunna said; It was a fantastic initiative. Gangs and serious youth violence is such an important topic. Patsy was able to raise some key points in the debate, she twitted some of the key focus messages from MAV’s Making Children and Young People Matter project. Patsy was supported with tweets by MAV volunteers. Patsy said; The hour long debate was very productive and it was good to see many of the view shared by MAV are shared by others around the country.

MAV completed a number of successful projects in 2015 MAV are continuing to work with our local community in 2016 developing successful intervention that will better provide support to local young people and their families. This year MAV’s Making Children & Young People Matter (MCYPM) will be established as a Youth Project. All workJessica & Team at Sustainability Workshop with young people will be lead under the direction of the MCYPM. The project will be officially opened in July 2016 at the I Matter U Matter 2016 staged event On the 9th July 2016 in Manchester City Centre. However the project is already underway. Jessica Swanston is the current volunteer lead and she is leading meeting with volunteers to address sustainability and engagement issues. If you are interested in becoming involved with the project please contact Jessica using  the contact details below.

MAV worked with Holy Name Primary School and the African Caribbean Care Group on an intergenerational project which concluded work that developed an understanding of the black contribution to the 1st world war. It also looked at the developing place of art Manchester Art Gallery 1st WWBEC Event 1within communities. A visit to Manchester Art Gallery with young and old local people was a success. One older members of the group said; It was a pleasure to learn from the young people they had so much to offer. It is good to know that MAV are doing such positive work engaging all ages of the community. MAV are keen to have MCYPM engaging young and old people with a number of projects over the next year. MAV are continuing to seek Dance Sculpturefunding which will enable the ideas to move forward. MCYPM were also able to complete an project which provided an opportunity for a group of young people involved in dance to produce a dance sculpture. The sculpture was created using footprints in clay. The young people took part in all aspects of developing the sculpture. The focus on young people learning in different ways is a clear focus. MCYPM is supported with funding from a number of key funders. A group of young people aged between 12 and 16 visited the BBC Media City Salford to understand the opportunities available through the BBC’s apprentice scheme. We also took a group of primary aged children to the Derek Harper Foundries Ltd MAV are  supporting parents who are finding it difficult engaging their young peopleDerek Harper Foundries Visit with education, employment or training opportunities by ensuring we give young people living in the inner cities greater experiences. MCYPM understand that experiences provide knowledge and knowledge gives potential to local young people.  The work we do can not be achieved without volunteer and funding support. MAV are pleased we have secured funding from the Greater Manchester Police Commissioners Youth Aspiration Fund. The funding has already provided young people with opportunities to develop their skills with activities that promote active learning. MAV have successfully managed to combined different funds together so that projects can meet the needs of more young people and still meet the desired outcomes of funders. Last year Lottery Funding was combined with WO Street Foundation Funding to support the start of the I Matter U Matter work with Young People and their relationship with their Fathers. The special project not only provided support for young people with mentoring, counselling and life coaching but also extended to providing support for many dads’ in the community.

The Let’s Involve Fathers Too (LIFT)

LIFT took a group of dad’s away for a weekend to explore the valuable role of fatherhood.LIFT Weekend Workshop The evidenced based Triple P Parenting programme was used as an underpin for the weekend. Fathers were offered Triple P one to one support after the introduction weekend was completed.LIFT Weekend Cake

Ian Swanston lead the weekend and said;  It was a total pleasure to bring fathers together for an all expenses paid weekend in which they looked at their role as fathers. We looked at the challenges fathers face in parenting separated from the mother of their child. We also addressed the challenge of parenting children with behaviour difficulties such as ADHD and Autism. It was good to have the experiences of our guest speaker Stanimir Kolev an interior designer who has experience of work with children with behaviour difficulties sharing his experiences of positive ways to build a productive engaging relationship with all children regardless of needs.LIFT Weekend ActivityLIFT Poster 2015

There was positive feedback from our evaluation after the weekend. The main criticism of the weekend was that two days was just not long enough.

One father said; The weekend made me realise we need to talk more about how we feeling about being dads.  Many problems we have as fathers can be overcome once they are shared.  

The weekend started with a trip to the venue for the weekend which was the Cedar Mount Hotel Huddersfield. We completed the first session which focused on establishing aims and objectives of the weekend. The group were able to share the reason they chose to attend.

LIFT was widely promoted on 3 local radio stations across Greater Manchester many of the attendees said they had heard about the event as a result of the radio advert or interviews which were completed by MAV Founder Patsy Mckie and MAV ACCESS Lead Ian Swanston. After introductions the group explored how to provide a positive learning environment. A series of short Triple P Positive Parenting Films were used to explore the topic. The group also explored the importance of creating a positive learning environment with children and young people. The group looked at Goal Setting & Encouraging Appropriate Behaviours. They then explored the need for realistic expectation for fathers in a changing world. 

The session allowed fathers to set realistic goals for change on their return to family life. The group of dads were also encouraged to actively display appropriate behaviours when dealing with challenging children and young people.  

The final day ended with a visit to Castle Hill Huddersfield. LIFT project will be having a follow up event in May 2016 if you would like to attend then please contact Ian Swanston by phone or email.

Mobile: 07984066771

Email: ian@mavuk.org

I Matter U Matter 12th July 2015

Jessica Swanston I Matter U Matter Host 2015

In the summer of 2015 we completed the I Matter U Matter Event. The Making Children and Young People Matter stage event provided another great opportunity for Mothers Against Violence to showcase the positive talents that come out of the inner city and the surrounding areas of Manchester. It is the 6th Year MAV have hosted the event and 2015 was the longest list of artist we accommodated. The 7 hour show was hosted by Volunteer and MAV’s new MCYPM Project Development Lead Jessica Swanston.MAV Stage Show I Matter U Matter 2015 Dancers

Many of the stage acts were preforming for 2nd, 3rd and even 4th year in a row. It was a celebration of the positive creative talent in areas such as Moss Side, Hulme, Longsight which are often only linked and associated with gun crime and anti-social behaviours. MAV are keen to show Greater Manchester the talent that is coming out of the inner city every year.MAV Stage Show I Matter U Matter 2015 B

Many people ask why we invest in young people giving them opportunities like this. There are many reasons one is prevent children and young people from engaging in negative activities which increase anti social behaviours. One such problem promoting anti social behaviours is legal highs. One organisation which attended this years event MCYPM was the charity LIFE SHARE. Mothers Against Violence Trustee Julie Boyle works for LIFE SHARE. In a recent article featured in Quays News.

Julie BoyleJulie Boyle said: “We are in a legal high epidemic, especially amongst the homeless community. “The use of spice is horrendous, it’s the worst thing to have ever hit the homeless community.” Legal highs have been a concern in Manchester after statistics revealed that there has been a 10-fold increase in police call-outs to incidents involving legal highs since 2013. We’ve had incidents where a lad was raped under the influence of legal highs, we’ve also had a 22-year-old man who had a heart attack because of it, “And another man who had second degree heart failure from smoking mamba (a type of legal high) and now he’s on medication for life.” Legal highs contain one or more chemical substances which produce effects similar to illegal drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy. They can be purchased for as little as £5 a gram and Legal Highsare sold in various newsagents and emporiums across Manchester. It’s illegal to sell them for human consumption, so they are marketed as incense, salt or plant food to get around the law and are sold under names such as ‘hipster’, ‘pandoras box’ and ‘mambo’. Then users smoke the substance either in a pipe or rolled in rizla paper. Although these substances are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 they can be more dangerous than illegal drugs. This is because the chemical components in them and their physical and mental side effects are unknown. Even though the ingredients are on the back of the packets the paramedics are unsure of what the chemical compositions of all these ingredients actually are, which makes it incredibly hard for users to be, “If the government manage to ban one type of legal high, then the manufacturers simply change the chemical composition and it goes straight back on the streets and in the shops.

Like Mothers Against Violence, LIFESHARE aims to help vulnerable people in Manchester by offering them advice and guidance, Julie estimates that out of the 120 clients aged 16-25 LIFESHARE have seen regularly 95 per cent of them are using legal highs. Julie  added: “On the enforcement side of it I think that the shops should be doing what they are supposed to be doing and shops found selling it to those smoking it should be closed. The enforcement needs to be tougher. The problem with legal highs are that there’s so much rubbish in it it’s out of control and they are so easy to get hold of.”

MAV were please to have LIFESHARE supporting last years MCYPM Event we hope theyDonate Now can join us for this years event scheduled for July 2016. MCYPM will continue promoting their chosen theme throughout the year. A key focus after the MCYPM City Centre Event will be to engage more young people to MAV Services. 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. Thank You for all your support.

 

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