The COVID-19 Pandemic Challenge
MAV are currently managing Hulme Hall, under an assets transfer agreement from Manchester City Council. The business model is based on low cost hire for private events, this allows access to local businesses and residents. The funds raised from hall hire go to the maintenance of hall, cultural activities, and youth-based events.
MAV are pleased to have secured funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund to support our COVID-19 Response Plan. The plan will extend outside areas at the hall, We are pleased to be working with Globicon on the overall project design. They have created a concept which will allow more ventilation and an enclosed outside area directly accessed from the main hall. We had worked with Globicon previously on the internal space at Hulme Hall. We were pleased with their project design idea which was completed promptly. The design idea was submitted to Manchester City Council as MAV’s COVID-19 Response Plan. MAV then sort funding through the Government’s COVID-19 relief support. We were pleased to secure enough funding to start work on the outdoor space. The outside renovation will allow the STOP & REACH Phase 2 knife crime project to continue to reach young people.
We have secured new dance studio mirrors which will be used by Jet Black Dance Academy as they increase dance sessions at the hall for local young people. We are pleased to have been supported by the National Lottery COVID-19 Relief Funding to meet the needs of young people. MAV are pleased to have received this Government initiated funding directly given to support local charities.
The MAV management committee led by MAV Chairperson Pauline Sergeant continued to meet online. We were able to adjust the MAV Action Plan for 2020. Trustee and MAV counsellor, Ian Swanston led the new relief plan. This allowed MAV to focus on what would help us to continue providing services in a safe way. It was agreed we should create an outside space which would have direct access from the main hall. The space would need to improve ventilation throughout the building while also providing an additional area in the main hall. This would make the space more COVID secure by allowing fresh air to move through the building.
Throughout 2019 we saw an increased in unrestricted funding. This allowed us the capacity to deliver an additional 54 sessions during the year. These sessions included presentations to local schools and new police officers in Greater Manchester. MAV also contributed to events outside Manchester in Redcar, Bradford, and London. We had hoped to increase activity throughout 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced closure to MAV’s Community Hulme Hall, leaving space empty. The closure of the hall was understandable but disappointing. MAV had spent most of 2018 developing the community space so we could deliver more youth-based activities. The newly fitted kitchen and renovation of small rooms provided a new spaced at the hall for MAV to develop new projects. It supports MAV’s aim to provide other community groups with an ability to reach larger groups of people, creating a shared experience in learning. In the last year MAV have collaborated with, Jet Black Dance Academy, GIFT, Levenshulme High School, Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds, Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police. We are currently developing a project with Tameside Police which will provide support for BAME groups, building positive links with criminal justice services. Tameside Police approached the charity to help them address issues which created barriers with some BAME groups and police services. We are also supporting Mr D Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds deliver sessions at MAV’s Community Hulme Hall. This will include after school cooking sessions in our fully fitted kitchen.
COVID-19 Emergency Support
The COVID-19 pandemic hit local people hard. It also challenged us as a charity. We lost over £15,000 within the first month as projects were cancelled along with funding. The closure of the hall stopped all funds being raised from hall hire. However, we were encouraged by the local communities need to keep the hall open to provide meals. MAV also provide support by phone and webcam to vulnerable people in the community. It quickly became clear we would need immediate support to ensure the building was COVID ready when lockdown restrictions were lifted. MAV management committee implemented of social distancing plan which would allow all available space internally and externally to be used. The hall is restricted to internal use only. This makes access to outside areas limited. The pandemic then added greater barriers increasing the risk of long-term closure due to ventilation issues in the building. We were aware this would significantly reduce our service provision. We needed to also ensure the safety of volunteers by reducing face to face contact in line with government advice and direction. This has kept our volunteers safe and helped us reduce volunteer costs.
Celebrating Ten Years of Charity Status
MAV celebrated 10 years of charity status on 31st March 2020. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 pandemic the volunteer celebration trip was cancelled. However, a wall history gallery, celebrating Hulme Hall and the surrounding area was launched at the hall during lockdown. The wall gallery reflected the change in Hulme. The 15 photographs symbolised 1 Decade of charity status and 5 Decades of renovation around Hulme. The gallery documents the historical changes in the area.
As we re-open the hall for small COVID safe events, we hope the gallery will be enjoyed by those that visit during this challenging time. The gallery was the final part of MAV project delivery for the Looking Back & Moving Forward Project.
MAV hosted the Greater Manchester Youth Network, (GMYN) National Citizenship Programme throughout the month of August. MAV had a key role in delivering a presentation which was led by Patsy McKie. Patsy shared her story about starting Mothers Against Violence after the murder of her son. The sessions was well received by young people. MAV were please with the care taken by GMYN to ensure the project was delivered with COVID-19 safety measures firmly in place, throughout this 4-week summer programme. We look forward to working with GMYN again in the future.
Well Done to the whole GMYN team from all the staff at MAV.
As our summer programmes end, we are now implementing plans for additional outside area. We hope this can be completed by the end of the year. We will ensure the COVID-19 building project will not prevent delivery of services supporting young people back to school, and students back to college. We continue to be committed to ensuring social distancing. We have added a hand sanitation area and guidance to improve self and building cleaning practices. We also encouraged face coverings.
MAV would like to thank all the funders who have supported the charity during this difficult time. This includes Heritage Lottery Fund, National Lottery, Clothworkers Foundation and Peter Kershaw Trust. We would like to say a special thank you to the Government COVID-19 Relief Support, without this support we would have found the pandemic much more of a challenge.
Most of all we would like to extend our thoughts to those families who have lost love ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our thanks, to the NHS, and all our essential support services.
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