MAV’s concern is keeping service users and volunteers safe, engaged and supported throughout this current COVID-19 pandemic.
All MAV face to face services are now closed.
This includes the hire of Hulme Hall. However, we are still delivering support services to many of our vulnerable service users. MAV counsellors are supporting service users over the phone and mentor support is also continuing by phone.
Please be advised that the counselling service has a commitment to providing phone support to some NHS staff and Social Care Staff as well as vulnerable people in the local community.
MAV are also providing food parcels on request; a short referral is needed. Please use the COVID-19 email contact address below to make a request.
MAV has joined with Jet Black Dance Academy and has provided them with the use of Hulme Hall to support the creation of an online Dance Session for Jet Black’s regular students; the online class can be done at home. MAV would like to say well done to the Jet Black team for continuing to support their students at this time when they are unable to continue face to face lessons due to social distancing rules in place. Jet Black Dance Academy usually accesses the hall on a weekly basis to deliver their dance classes and MAV are pleased to continue to support them whilst our hall is closed for personal hire.
Please click on the photographs below to see Jet Black’s advertisement for their online class project.
Please click on photograph below to go to Jet Black Online Dance Academy. The COVID -19 alternative to MAV’s supported Monday Dance classes, which are held at MAV’s Community Hulme Hall.
Sierra Leone Community Group (SLCG) Food Support Project
We are also pleased to help our regular Sierra Leone Community Group (SLCG) with their COVID-19 response. SLCG were given free access to the MAV’s Community Hulme Hall kitchen to cook hot food for local people in the community. They travelled across Manchester to ensure the delivery of hot cooked meals to vulnerable families. The whole task was a challenge as volunteers were ensuring social distancing and the wearing of facemask throughout. MAV Volunteers supported with the disinfection and cleaning of the building to prevent any contamination or the spread of Coronavirus.
MAV is aware the local community we serve has significant numbers of people from black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. COVID-19 is impacting BAME people disproportionally. MAV are doing what we can to ensure we promote the safety of local people while providing essential support services.
MAV are also seeking to access government support to ensure the financial impact of COVID-19 on MAV will not prevent our services continuing in the future.
Final message from MAV Chairperson
We are supporting the government’s advice and direction to stay safe by staying at home and protect the NHS.
All MAV volunteers and service users are advised and encouraged to remain at home.
Should you need any support please use contact details below. We are doing our best to respond as quickly as possible to those in need of urgent support with their physical and mental health needs at this challenging time.
Mothers Against Violence have built strong relationships with schools, colleges, police, local churches and Manchester city council. However, as MAV take the time to look back at a 20-year history, we are most proud of the relationships we have with local people. We believe it is these relationships which gives the charity a proven track record of delivering what local people need.
MAV delivered a new project called Looking Back & Moving Forward (LBMF). The project allowed the charity to look back at the journey it has taken since it was established in August 1999. It was then documented in a book and a film called YEAR ZERO. Please click on links below to view part 1 & 2 of the film.
Please remember the website link and its content is copyright of Mothers Against Violence all rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents of film in any form is prohibited other than the following:
you may print or download to a local hard disk extracts for your personal and non-commercial use only
you may copy the content to individual third parties for their personal use, but only if you acknowledge the website as the source of the material
You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system. The film was made with The Heritage Lottery Fund. It now forms part of MAV workshop presentations and can be requested in full from the charity on request.
Looking Back & Moving Forwards (LBMF) is PHASE ONE of a five-year intervention for the development of MAV’s Community – Hulme Hall. PHASE ONE has provided a valuable space at the Hall for working with children from age 3 to 17. The activity space will be fully operational from November 2019, providing space for counselling and therapeutic interventions, as well as creative activities for young people. It will also extend to services for ‘looked after children (LAC).’
MAV delivered workshops which allowed the views and thoughts of students from Levenshulme High School, Wright Robinson College and newly recruited police officers from Greater Manchester Police, to help influence what takes place at Hulme Hall.
The workshops which started in early May 2018 looked at the history of MAV and its local community. It also addresses the historic issues of the charity and current issues of gun crime and knife crime. The knowledge gained from the workshops provided a clear direction for what is needed at MAV’s Community – Hulme Hall.
The Heritage Lottery Fund covered the cost of project delivery, historic research and project development. The LBMF was the result of needs highlighted by the local community. The areas MAV operate have large numbers of minority groups, who are often more at risk of been marginalised from mainstream services, due to barriers such as language, religion, culture and fear. MAV’s Community – Hulme Hall programme identifies groups most at risk of exclusion. The hall is not only an alternative low-cost community building, it provides free access space for children and young people to make a positive contribution to the local community. The LBMF project has transformed the kitchen area. The total budget for the kitchen was £16,000. It has gained high praise from users and has also increased user access by 40% for celebration event hire. The total budget of the kitchen renovation was covered by Clothworkers’ Foundation Funding.
Diversity in the Community
On Sunday the 22nd September 2019 the Jewish rep council representatives lead by Carl Montlake joined with Mothers Against Violence a MAV’s Community – Hulme Hall for an afternoon event called “Diversity in the Community”. This brought communities with different cultures, Ethnic backgrounds and religions together to eradicate ant-Semitism and Racial prejudice.
To set the atmosphere Jewish folk songs were played and people were offered soft drinks and Jewish snacks which included bread and cakes.
The afternoon was started by Jeremy Michelson who spoke passionately about Jewish history, Talmud, and how we are expected to run our lives in the service. The talk lasted 45 minutes and was well received by the many non-Jews who attended. Jeremy’s session finished with a questions and answers.
Following Jeremy was Michael Sharpe from the new Holocaust museum. He talked about his connection to the holocaust and the North Western holocaust museum which is located at the University of Huddersfield where the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre is based. He explained that although Britain’s had access to reliable information about the Nazi regime’s persecution of Jews, most people could not imagine that such a mass murder campaign was possible. Many Britain’s sympathized with the plight of European Jews, assisting refugees and rescuing the victims of Nazism.
At the public exhibition at the University of Huddersfield there is a powerful warning note about the perils of anti-Semitism, and forms of racial prejudice. There are also illustrations of the Nazi persecution of the Jews which culminated in the Holocaust. The exhibition is based around the stories of survivors who made new lives in the North of England and includes evocative artefacts from the camps.
Moving on, the floor was taken by Joy Wolfe who patiently touched on modern Israel, Joy told us all the wonderful things that Israel has given the world this included many information and technologies and breakthrough in medical sciences for many major illnesses such as Cancer.
After refreshments we were privileged to have a professional Israeli group entertain. They were joined by a local children’s dance group who shared in the Israeli dancing. To finish the event the integration of communities Jet-Black Dance Academy took to the floor and entertained us with hip hop dance. Pauline Sergeant chairperson of Mothers Against Violence and Jay Charara from the rep council closed the proceeding.
Looking Back & Moving Forward Final Event
Mothers Against Violence ended the Looking Back Moving Forward Project on 26th October 2019 with a community celebration event which launched the film Year Zero which chronical the 20-year history of the charity. The film will be used in a new workshop which will provide help and support for local services facing issues related to the growing concerns of knife crime. The workshop is called STOP & REACH and it has been delivered across Greater Manchester and in more recent months in Bradford and Redcar, North East UK as part of Knife Crime projects lead by Neesie and Chis Cave Foundation.
The feedback from presentation and film workshops was excellent. Year Zero film seemed to provide an emotional connection to the experiences faced by family members after the murder of a young family member. One young person said; “it will make you think twice before thinking of carrying a knife.” The film provided people with the knowledge of the impact of violent crime on families.
The Looking Back & Moving Forward event not only provided time to see the new film, it also allowed MAV the opportunity to invite people from across the community to see the outcome of PHASE ONE hall renovation work. Guest singer was the wonderful TEMIAH.
10 Exceptional Mothers Against Violence
Patsy Mckie 1999 – 2019
Patsy founded member of Mothers Against Violence. She helped establish the service as a charity in 2010. She was the only mothers who had lost a child to gun violence that attended the first meeting of mothers in the local community. Her son Dorrie was murdered in August 1999. Patsy is now a Trustee of Mothers Against Violence and continues to work with the independent advisory committee and Greater Manchester Police on behalf of the charity.
Rose Thompson 1999 – 2019
Rose attended the first meeting healed in the community at the Nello James Centre. She is a Founder member of MAV. Her Trustee role also includes supporting the management of charity finances. She has also attended many residential weekends where young people explore issues which include helping young people improving work skills and pro-social activities.
Rose was also a vital part of the Million Mothers March and Making Children and Young People Matter Event from 2009 – 2018.
Angela Lawrence 1999 – 2012
Angela attended the second meeting arranged by mothers in the community and from the start took a lead role in the initial development of Mothers Against Violence. She went on to be a key figure in the building of the charity and represented MAV at the Home Office Round Table Meetings on Gun and Knife Crime. Angela went on to establish her own project Manchester Active Voices. She was later awarded with in MBE in 2015 for her work with Manchester Active Voices.
Sheila Eccleston 2002 – 2005
Sheila joined MAV after the murder of her son Dean. She became a voice for change in the community. She visited Boston in the USA as part of developing Mothers Against Violence initiatives to tackle gun crime. She was the second Mother who became involved with MAV after loosing a child to gun Violence.
She was always open and honest about Dean’s criminal background, always wanting young people to know that his lifestyle choices were not always good but his life was still special. The Boston visit gave MAV the opportunity to be featured on national Television in a BBC documentary.
Vida Swanston 2003 – 2019
Vida joined MAV as a volunteer and became involved with management of finances. She has held the longest serving official charity role and has served as Treasurer since 2010. She has also been a key member of the management team. Her role has developed since 2018 and now include the financial management of MAV’s Community Hulme Hall. She is keen to ensure that all money raised from the hire of the hall covers the cost of repairs and maintenance of the hall, while also providing funds to cover the cost of youth services in the hall.
Pat Regan 2002 – 2008
The late Pat Regan joined MAV as a volunteer after meeting Patsy at a event in London. Pat began to build relationships with Mothers Against Violence supporting the charity by sharing her story of loss. Pat’s son Danny was murdered near Liverpool. Pat was bold in her approach and honest about her son’s previous criminal activity which lead to his untimely death. Sadly we lost Pat in 2012 after her sudden death. During her time with the group she visited schools and gave talks about the dangers and the consequences of getting involved in crime.
Pat’s valuable contribution to the charity will never be forgotten. In this commemorative year for MAV we send our love and support to Pat’s family and all those who supported her work in Liverpool. Rest in Peace.
Theresa Cave 2003 – 2005
Theresa joined MAV in 2003 after the murder of her son Chris in Redcar, North East, England. She was the first mother to become involved in MAV as a result of knife crime. She was supported by Mothers Against Violence in setting up a branch of MAV in the North East. This went on to be formally named in 2005 as the Chris Cave Foundation. As part of the Looking Back & Moving Forward Project MAV raised £1,321.17 in online donations. £300 was given to the Chris Cave Foundation towards knife crime initiative in the North East. The cheque was presented by MAV Trustee Ian Swanston on 8th February 2020 at The Chris Cave Foundation Youth Conference.
Beulah Tomlin 2009 – 2019
Beulah joined MAV to support the launch of Million Mothers March in 2009. She then led the development of rebranding the event in 2011. The event changed its name to the Making Children & Young People Matter event. This was launched as a five year plan and highlighted the 5 Every Child Matters aims and objectives; Being healthy, Staying safe, Enjoying and achieving, Making a positive contribution and Economic well-being. Each year one of the aims would be the focus of the event, all five aims were covered. The Making Children & Young People Matter event had its final city centre celebration in July 2018.
Beulah was awarded a financial donation raised by MAV Trustees. It was awarded to her at the 20th Anniversary Celebration Event in recognition of her hard work with MAV’s Annual events from 2009 – 2018.
Jackie Featherstone 2004 – 2011
Jackie joined MAV in 2004 just 4 months after the murder of her son Fabian. Jackie volunteered and spoke of her loss at many MAV events. Jackie said she found understanding when she came to MAV after the murder of her son. She continued working with MAV and was part of the management board helping MAV to establish charity status in 2010. Recently she returned to MAV to take part in the 20th Anniversary film called Year Zero.
Pauline Sergeant 2013 – 2019
Pauline joined MAV in 2013 and took on the role of Chairperson. She focused on policies and procedures of the charity ensure they were rewritten to reflect current aims and objectives. This gave greater clarity to the new roles established since MAV had become a charity. Pauline came to the charity with a great understanding of community engagement. She previously worked as a community worker in nearby Levenshulme. where she had been a local school governor. She also worked with AGE UK. She has been MAV’s longest serving chairperson and has represented the charity at events across Greater Manchester and in London.
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Hulme Community Hall has been under the management of MAV for 2 years. Since August 2017 the hall has gone through an internal transformation. In recent months MAV has invested in an online support website which is helping take care of bookings. The previous online booking process was reported as difficult and reviews came back as overall poor. MAV has now invested time and resources in ensuring the process is made much easier. If you have not had a look at the new booking website, please do visit the website and see new features. We hope the investment will make your online booking process much easier. Take a moment to click on the photo below to check out the website and MAV’s great new community influenced prices, which ensure we consider most budgets.
STAGE ONE – Hulme Hall Renovation
Mothers Against Violence have built strong relationships in our local community with schools, colleges, police, local churches and Manchester city council services. However, MAV has always had the strongest links with other community groups. As MAV take the time to look back at a 20-year history, we are most proud of the relationships we have with local people. We believe it is these relationships which gives the charity a proven track record of delivering what local people need.
In July 2018 MAV’s Making Children & Young People Matter Project celebrated 10 years of the annual Making Children & Young People Matter Event. MAV continues to have a firm commitment to young people in the community and are currently developing a new project which will provide a place for young people supporting their mental health. The service will work across Greater Manchester. More about this project development will be shared here on the website soon.
STAGE ONE of the Hulme Hall project is currently making positive headway. MAV will now have a Making Children & Young People (MCYPM) Activity Space at Hulme Hall. The activity space will be fully operational in November 2019 and will provide free access space for children, providing counselling and therapeutic interventions. It will also provide a place for looked after children to have their contact visits with their parents. We apologise that our commitment to developing the new project has taken us away from communicating with you on the website and social media. However, we are now back on track and hope to keep you updated with the progress of the renovation and delivery of workshops.
Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund Project and theClothworkers’ Foundationwho have supported MAV’s 2018 project with funding, the Looking Back & Moving Forward project has not only provided a new space, the new space has been influenced by young people and new police officers. MAV delivered workshops which allowed the views and thoughts of students from Levenshulme High School, Wright Robinson College and new recruit police officers from Greater Manchester Police to influence what would take place in the new MCYPM space. The workshops looked at the history of MAV and its local community, it also addresses the historic issues of gun crime and the current issues of knife crime. The knowledge gained from the workshops provided a clear direction of what is needed in the new MCYPM Space. MAV will continue to deliver the project in the coming months. MAV also look forward to the formal opening of the new MCYPM space at Hulme Hall on 26th October 2019. The new area at the hall is linked to the Walter Tull room which has also been renovated and will provide additional meeting space for MAV groups and the local community.
Hulme Hall Projects is a result of the community’s need for flexible low-cost hire space. The areas in which we operate have large numbers of minority groups who are often more at risk of been marginalised from mainstream services due to barriers such as language, religion, culture and fear. This is often because mainstream services do not always understand the challenges of these local people. MAV Hulme Community Hall identifies groups most at risk of exclusion. The hall will not only be an alternative low-cost community building but will provide Children & Young People (CYP) with ways to make a positive contribution to the local community. The Hall will ensure CYP have free access to the hall. The transformation of the kitchen area at the Hall has been the most costly part of the project to date. The total budget was £16,000. However, it has gained high praise from users and has also increased user access by 40% for celebration event hire. The total budget of the kitchen was covered by Clothworkers’ FoundationFunding. The kitchen will also help to engage CYP with free cooking activities which will, in turn provide engagement opportunities with local senior citizens from the African Caribbean Care Group, they access support next door to the hall at the Claremont Centre. The business model for the hall does not see profits made from hire at this stage. However, all money will be invested back into the hall as part of a long-term sustainability plan. The hall will create a lasting legacy with further investment and new project ideas which will provide employment opportunities in year three. MAV are currently looking into community project funding for STAGE TWO of the project.
STOP & REACH Project
MAV are pleased to have completed STAGE ONE of Hulme Hall in the timescale allocated for renovation. We have also been able to do this without much disruption to services. The kitchen area, new Walter Tull Room and MCYPM Activity Space have had complete makeovers and all for good reason. Now with separate access to the small rooms, the hall is now ready to engage young people to a new project STOP & REACH which has been funded by National Lottery Community Fund. MAV is pleased to have been awarded part of the 65 million given to community groups across England. The additional funding from High Sheriff Police Trust provides additional support for counselling, mentoring, business development and employment support for STOP & REACH. Many of the beneficiaries of the STOP & REACH project will be young people Not be in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). MAV is still seeking to secure funding for the mental health part of the STOP & REACH Project.
The aim of STOP & REACH is to provide specialists support for Children & Young People (CYP) emotionally and mentally. MAV’s operational areas cover inner city of Manchester. These areas are impacted by a range of social problems arising from forms of deprivation including health, employment, income and environment, which all impact on local people, acting as a barrier preventing change or progression. A core problem that is common in local areas is high levels of crime. Local areas have been ranked in the top 10% of areas worse affected in England (Indices of Deprivation). These areas have been plagued with anti-social behaviours including knife crime which has had devastating impacts on the community. The STOP & REACH Project is a direct intervention which provides an alternative approach to the police stop and search, which has a focus on challenging possible criminal activity. The STOP & REACH looks at engaging young people before they get involved with crime by introducing pro-social activities. STOP & REACH will provide CYP with alternatives ways to make positive contribution to the local community.
As part of the 20-year celebrating MAV are working with a local film producer who will complete a history film which will provide MAV with historical evidence and provide an educational short film for engaging young people. We are pleased that James Twyman from Black Card Production will also complete workshops with young people exploring the art of positive film making using a smartphone.
In September 2019 MAV will celebrate 20 years of service to its local community and the wider community. The Pride of Manchester Awards came to Manchester on 8th May 2019. MAV was pleased to hear that Patsy Mckie would be one of the first people to receive this honour. The awards were given by the Committee of Manchester Honorees which included The Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham. Patsy’s was honoured for a founder member of Mothers Against Violence and for her continued service to the charity Mothers Against Violence and her community. Patsy’s work includes pastoral support at a Manchester college and working as a community radio presenter. Patsy was given her Special Recognition Award by BBC Breakfast duo Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt who stayed up to present Patsy with her Pride of Manchester Award. Naga and Charlie used their time on stage to praise the work of Patsy they said; reporting on violence is one thing but seeking to change it after such loss takes remarkable courage. Patsy has worked for 20 years for the Manchester-based charity Mothers Against Violence.
The Manchester Evening
News reported; After her son was shot dead amid spiralling gang violence in
Manchester, Patsy set up ‘Mothers Against Violence’ to help keep other young
Patsy’s youngest son Dorrie was killed in August 1999, weeks before he was due to start a sports and leisure course at college. The 20-year-old was not directly involved in gangs and had never been in trouble with the police. Patsy set up Mothers Against Violence to support other mothers whose children were victims, or are at risk of gang violence, Mothers Against Violence is now in its twentieth year, and provides mentoring, educational awareness of gun and knife crime, counselling and support for young people to find work or start businesses.
Patsy was honoured with other Pride of Manchester Award winners, this included Bryn Hughes whose daughter PC Nicola Hughes was murdered in 2012. Bryn a former prison officer could have crumbled after his daughter’s murder, but he did not. Bryn launched the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund, raising money with challenges such as the North Pole Marathon in 2014 and the New York Marathon in 2016. In 2019 Bryan is organising ‘A Run to Remember’. Bryn has already raised £300,000. Bryn and his family shared a table at the event with Patsy and her family and a good friend. Bryn and Patsy were able to share in the experience together. MAV paid tribute to PC Nicola Hughes and many other victims of murder on 14th July 2018 at the 10th anniversary year of MAV’s Annual Event Making Children and Young People Matter.