The Journey Award Ceremony Success
MAV hosted The Journey Award Ceremony at the city centre venue called PROJECT 42, 42 CHARLES STREET, MANCHESTER M1 7DB. The event was held on the evening of Friday 25th October 2013. Five awards were given to individuals who had completed the MAV 2012 -13 Business Development Project. The Awards were given for achievements that crossed five categories. The Art Business Award, The Community Business Award, Overcoming Adversary Award, Original Business Idea Award and Entrepreneur of the Year. The winners were chosen by the MAV Trustees and Committee Members with the help of the project lead Mr Carl Montlake. The project was funded by The Allen Lane Foundation in June 2012. It received additional funding from Probation Services. The project supported a highly vulnerable group of people who wanted to start their own businesses. Many had past criminal convictions. Others had little financial support or no formal qualification. MAV successfully delivered the programme to over 42 candidates. 14 completed the programme and 12 went on to register their own business with a unique tax reference code. 5 of these were award a special recognition from MAV at the event. The event was funded by Manchester Metropolitan University and The Building A New Generation Project (BANG) which is been funded by Big Lottery Awards for All. Certificates of achievement where given to the winners and a trophy presented by MAV Chairperson Mrs Pauline Sergeant to the Entrepreneur of the Year. Manchester Metropolitan University enabled MAV to also present gift vouchers to each winner from M&S. M&S have supported MAV in the past with food donations for volunteers completing outreach work. The Manchester Evening New reported a story on the event.
The Business Development Educational Training Programme (BDETP)
The programme provides support in developing knowledge of business and employment. MAV has experience in supporting those held in prison and those who are going through the rehabilitation process. MAV have provided services for over 8 years to those in prison the support has included a letter writing service, workshops and support for the prisons therapeutic community. MAV not only has strong relationships with the prison service but also with GMP police and Youth Offending Teams. Recently we have developed relationships with services which provide an alternative to reoffending behaviours through business, education and employment development. Our objective was to give reformed ex-offenders and those preparing to leave custody, employment and business leadership skills, through training, education and one to one personal development sessions. The programme also provides additional long-term support which l includes mentoring, counselling and life coaching. All of which helps to ensure sustainability for those completing the programme. The programme of support was not only open to ex-offenders but to people who had found it difficult due to personal issues which prevented accessing other training programmes.
The BDETP help participants gain an understanding of business development and provides support, encouragement and opportunity for participants. The sessions were held at probation offices and the MAV offices. Our research into the value of the programme has shown one to one support and encouragement as well as the long-term advice was what participants felt were of most value. The evidence we have completed identifies that once completing the course you were likely to register your own business. MAV’s BDETP has proved to be a good way of addressing ex-offenders needs. It puts particular attention on the learning needs of those in “transition”, those moving into new areas or leaving institutions. A place on the BDETP course gave participants a goal. BDETP had 4 volunteering roles and one paid worker. BDETP provided beneficiaries with better life chances by helping to develop business education and employment skills, which will assist in practical elements of everyday life and reduce the likelihood of reoffending behaviours for the long-term.
And the Winner is!
The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that business focus was artistic. Chantelle Bayliss was the winner of this award. Chantelle started a hairdressing and makeup business with the help of the MAV Business Development Project. She has a mobile service that allows clients to have the service in their own home. Chantelle was unable to attend the event.
The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that project focused on developing community spirit. MAV have a key focus on supporting people to improve their local community. The award went to Saliah Ahmed for her catering business which provides Indian and English food for people in her local area. Saliah also provided the catering for the evening event.
The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that overcame personal difficulties in order to achieve their business idea. The award was given to Nathan Daly who started his business and developed the project even when he was experiencing extreme personal difficulties in his life. Nathan went on to receive support to manage his personal problems, he continued to complete each session of the Business Development Programme.
The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that had a business with a difference. Anton was aware of the growing demand for tattoos. Anton felt if there was a growing demand for tattoos then there would be a growing demand for tattoo removal. Anton started a business that focused on the removal of unwanted tattoos.
The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that was an overall good achiever thought-out the Business Development Programme. The award went to Daniel who not only achieved his business idea but went on to share his story of achievement with local people. Daniel story was covered in his local Newspaper in Bolton.
MAV Chairperson Mrs Pauline Sergeant ended the evening paying tribute to all the winners and those who completed the programme. She said; “MAV’s aim is to give a voice to those in the community that need support. The key to the projects success has been team work.” Mrs Sergeant also thanked Carl Montlake who delivered the training and Ian Swanston who ensured the project meet all the relevant targets. She said; “The project exceeded all expectations thanks to hard work and funding from Allen Lane Foundation and Probation Services. The Chairperson attended the event with her husband Sylvester Sergeant.
Dramatic Fall in Shootings.
MAV are pleased to hear of the fall in gun incidents in Greater Manchester. In the last six months, there were just 11 confirmed shooting incidents recorded by Greater Manchester Police – one of the lowest rates ever recorded by the force. It is a steep drop from a peak of shootings in 2007 when there were 146 confirmed incidents over 12 months. Detectives have been so successful in tackling the gangs in Greater Manchester that they now deal with fewer shootings than the neighbouring West Yorkshire force. The spate of gang-related gun incidents prompted GMP to set up Operation XCalibre nine years ago to target gangs in Moss Side and south Manchester. It led to the jailing of key gang leaders but officers also worked with community groups such as Mother Against Violence to prevent the next generation of youngsters being lured into gang life. MAV have continued working in schools and probation services in the Greater Manchester region. Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “Greater Manchester is a safe place to live, but there is a small minority that believes communities can be ruled by fear. The success of Xcalibre in tackling gun and gang crime is proof that only by standing together can we defeat these individuals. It’s about the police, probation, local councils, youth offending services, and most importantly, local people working together to get to the causes of crime and bringing real, long-term change. It’s also about empowering young people who may be tempted to join a gang to choose a better way.”
Article taken in-part from: Manchester Evening New reported on the 10th October 2013
More Success for MAV
Making Children & Young People Matter Summer Event
MAV started the summer holidays with a very successful Making Children & Young People Matter Event in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester on the 13th July 2013. The stage show was hosted by one of MAV’s Volunteers Jessica Swanston-Suarez. Jessica introduced some amazing performers over a span of 6 hours of non-stop entertainment. There was also face painting and a bouncy castle for the younger children. MAV are please to say the new city centre location and the wonderful sunshine helped to bring out over 400 hundred people. The focus of the event was the Every Child Matter outcome Achieve Economic Well-Being. The theme helped to encourage local people to work towards their personal goals in education, employment and training. Many of the performers shared stories of overcoming challenges to achieve their success.
MAV would like to thank all the artist and volunteers who worked so hard to make the event a success. If you would like to be involved in the 2014 event please contact the MAV Office, details below.
Making Children & Young People Matter 2014 Event Contact:
phone: 0161 226 8134 email: email@example.com
Patsy Mckie or Beulah Tomlin
Approved Provider & New Funding Support
MAV are pleased to announce we have successfully become one of the providers for Achieve North West (ANW). Being an approved providers gives us the opportunity to tender for contracts. MAV have not yet been successful in securing a contract with ANW however MAV’s focus will be providing support for ex-offenders ensuring they get help with employment and business development training. The success of the Allen Lane Foundation project which was successfully completed in January 2013 had given us the knowledge and understanding of how best to support this highly vulnerable group. MAV are keen to continue to develop this project . We are currently still providing support to a small number of ex-offenders with the programme.
We have secured funding from The Clothworkers’ Foundation (TCF) to cover capital cost for the work with ex-offenders and young people. The funding will enable us to invest in improving the IT area allowing business plans to be created using the best software available. I will also give young people better computer technology skills enable them to develop IT based projects as well as improve our social networking and gaming. MAV are pleased to have the TCF as one of our funders for 2013-14.
We are also pleased to have secured funding for a third time from Awards for All (AFA). This makes AFA the second highest funder MAV have had in 13 years of service to our local community. The funding will help in development of the Building A New Generation Projects (BANG) The BANG projects will continue on our Every Child Matter outcome Achieve Economic Well-Being supporting young people to develop skills for the future. There will be a residential education and training weekend as part of the project.
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