An Invite to our Annual General Meeting!
Mothers Against Violence will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on Friday 18th May 2012 at the Claremont Resource Centre Hulme Manchester at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend. Please confirm your attendance by calling or emailing the MAV Office details below. It is important we know you are coming as we will need to ensure appropriate provision for those attending. We are pleased to have a number of new people who have expressed interest in joining the MAV Executive Committee. We are also thankful to those who are standing down this year making room for others to use their skills to develop the service throughout the next year.
MAV have grown in knowledge and experience over the last year much of this growth has come through the challenges we have faced. We are still very confident the service will go from strength to strength regardless of the cuts to many provisions which support families. MAV are working at securing funding and hope to confirm projects that are being funded over the next year. We currently have some positive confirmation for funding which we will update you on during the coming months.
MAV have completed some fundraising events which have been supported by students from Manchester University, Asda Superstore Hulme and kind donations from our community and the wider public. The main collections took place on 23rd & 24th March 2012 in Hulme, Cheetham Hill and Manchester City Centre. We had over 30 volunteers that took part in the collections. MAV are truly grateful for all the support. The project was led by Carl Montlake who is the Business Development Lead for MAV. The collections brought in over £1600 in total. Some of the funding will help with the move of location which we are hoping to undertake sometime in May. Currently this has been held up by a contract agreement with Manchester city council. We do hope this will be resolved very soon.
MAV are keen to keep the outreach van and we are still looking at possible funding opportunities to fund the work the outreach team do especially the Substance Misuse Service (SMS) who have felt the impact from the loss of the outreach van most of all. The SMS service has worked closely with Lifeshare sharing resources and skills. Lifeshare is a charitable organisation established to help meet the needs of the homeless and disadvantaged in Manchester and Salford. Their first point of contact is with people on the streets, offering practical assistance, support and information. From this point continued assistance is offered to enable people to secure suitable accommodation, to be supported to maintain their tenancies, and helped to access initiatives to carry their lives forward.
MAV and Lifeshareshare the belief that all people regardless of race, creed, sexuality, gender, age, level of ability or status are entitled to respect and dignity and should be afforded equal opportunities. Lifeshare is a non-religious organisation and has no political affiliations. The key objectives of the service are to identify street homelessness and offer assistance in obtaining emergency accommodation, signposting other relevant agencies and information for support. To alleviate aspects of poverty and hardship through redistribution of resources, assist people to access Primary Health Care and to promote health and harm reduction.
Julie Boyle and Darren Conner are represented MAV on the project which is dedicated to providing specific outreach services to the young men who sell sex to other men in Manchester’s city centre. This community – largely neglected by outreach services – pick up clients either on the streets or in certain bars in the city centre, and are often unaware of the health risks they are exposed to through this activity. This lifestyle, however, is often seen as the only option for those who have become homeless. MAV hope our working relationship with Lifeshare will go from strength to strength.
MAV are hopeful for the future. We want to continue doing the work we do supporting local schools, youth offending services, prisons, substance misuse services 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.
Annual General Meeting Contact: 0161 2268134