Enjoy and Achieve
The Million Mother Milling Event is in the final stages of planning. Support is currently needed for the event which will take place on 16th September 2012. It will start with a walk from All Saints Park Oxford Rd Manchester M15 6BH at 1pm to Albert Square Manchester M2 5DB for an all singing and dancing Enjoy and Achieve stage event which will open a yearlong commitment by MAV to Training Enjoying and Achieving Development (TEAD Project). Please contact the MAV Office for more information on how you can support the event. We are still in need of volunteers and sponsorship for the day.
Mother Against Violence have had a very busy few months. Our new Chairperson Pauline Sergeant has encouraged MAV to develop excellence, improving procedures and policies for the service. The Chair has also contributed to us improved our links promoting MAV in South Manchester areas such as Levenshulme and Gorton. We will be completing a profile of the Chairperson in the stories section of the MAV website. Look out for this in the coming weeks.
MAV have secured funding from Awards for All and The Allen Lane Foundation. The projects which have benefited from the funding are The Road Map to Business Development which supports probations service and prisons in the work they do providing employment and training for those reformed ex-prisoners who are seeking to develop their business ideas and personal development skills. This is an area that has been key to what MAV believe contributes to lasting change, which helps ex offered from re-engaging in former criminal lifestyles. The Allen Lane Foundation has contributed to funding some of the Business Development work for the next year. Awards for All have again supported MAV’s work with young people. The theme of the new project is Enjoying and Achieving which is taken from the government initiative Every Child Matter outcome Enjoy & Achieve. MAV will be launching the programme of support at our Annual Million Mothers Milling Event which will take place on the 16th September 2012. The event will kick start a yearlong programme of educational training for MAV volunteers and young people. The TEAD Project will conclude with a residential weekend for young people. The weekend will help young people develop personal goal setting, which will then enhance their educational achievement. The priority will be young male’s age between 11-16, there is a great need for support for this group. However MAV are currently seeking funding so we can complete two residential the second will focus on young women of the same age. We are confident we will secure the additional funding needed.
Urban Hero Awards
MAV were pleased to attend the Urban Hero Awards along with members of the Levenshulme Inspire Centre United Reformed Church. The event celebrated young people who had turned their lives around with the help of The Message Trust. It was a spectacular event and former drug dealer Paul Dixie story was particularly relevant to much of the work MAV do helping turn the lives of young people around. Many of these young people find themselves locked in a cycle of drug addiction and gang related criminal activity. Paul a 24-year-old former drug dealer from Eccles won the 2012 Urban Hero of the Year award. Paul’s dramatic turnaround story was celebrated – along with five others – at a glitzy red carpet awards event at Lancashire County Cricket Ground hosted by Manchester youth charity The Message Trust on 30th June 2012. Dignitaries including Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy and top businessmen Lord Bob Edmiston and Sir Brian Souter lavished praise on the winners who have most impressed the Message Trust in their face to face work with thousands of young people over the last year. Each inspirational story was told through a moving short film before the award winner took to the stage to receive their trophy to the applause of over 800 guests including family and friends. At the end of an emotional night, the overall Urban Hero of the Year award was named as Paul Dixie. Paul had already been named winner of the Achiever Award earlier in the evening for his powerful story of overcoming drug abuse and leaving behind a life of crime and destruction. He was presented with the Urban Hero of the Year 2012 award by Sir Brian Souter, chairman of Stagecoach Group.
MAV Founder Patsy Mckie was one of those who represented MAV at the event she said; I felt inspired by the work the Message Trust had been able to achieve. The stories of hope and faith from the young people was evidence of what young people can achieve with support from a loving supporting community. Patsy Mckie and Beulah Tomlin represented Mothers Against Violence at the event.
Please visit the Message Trust website for more information.
Small Charity Round Table Event
MAV also attended the Small Charity Round Table Event which looked at issues that currently affect small charities. MAV were one of the few charities asked to talk with MP Nick Hurd at the Minister of Civil Society Whitehall on 19th July 2012. We were able to talk at length with the minster about current issues that impact on the work of small charities. The focus also covered issues that have been raised from the Lord Hodgson review of the Charities Act 2006 which was released a few days before the meeting with the minister. The report is considered as an extensive piece of work, comprising 159 pages and 113 recommendations – of which 29 would require primary legislation. Much of the proposals was welcomed by sector bodies. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations said it was delighted by Hodgson’s social investment proposals and his pressure for the Charitable Incorporated Organisation legal form to be implemented immediately. But Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, also said there were a few “bad apples”, including the proposal for automatic payment of trustees, the raising of the threshold for compulsory registration and a system of charging charities for registering and for filing annual returns. Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the chief executives body Acevo, said the review was a landmark in the modernisation of the charity sector. He was especially pleased by the proposal to allow larger charities to pay trustees if they wished and the recommendation for more liberal rules on social investment. It is hoped that we will be meeting with the Minsiter again. Patsy Mckie (MAV Founder/Trustee) and Ian Swanston (MAV Secretary/Trustee) attended the meeting on behalf of MAV.
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