The last three months have been very busy for Mothers Against Violence. We are pleased that the 4MMM Event was the most ambitious we have ever undertaken. The stage performance programme brought together a variety of acts from across Manchester. Acts included dance, rap, poetry, drumming and gospel singing. There were also messages from Pauline Sergeant (MAV Chairperson) and Patsy Mckie (MAV Founder). MP Tony Lloyd also supported the event. Each speaker kept the event on point and in focus. MAV Volunteer Tommy Riley hosted the event.
This year’s theme Enjoy & Achieve is the start of a yearlong project which will support the educational and emotional wellbeing of our volunteers and many young people in our community. Training which includes a new induction package for new and long-term volunteers. Other training will include business support, mentoring self-esteem development and much more. The programme is due to end in June 2013 after a residential weekend for young men of high school age is completed. MAV are keen to secure more funding to meet the needs of more young people. The 4MMM Committee would like to thank all the people who made the 4MMM a success.
Manchester Evening New ran a story in July which talked about the Shooters and reflected on killers and those lives which have been lost through gun violence since 2000. MAV work in the local community to support families impacted by gun violence. We also help educate young people and those working with young people about the impact of gun and knife crime. This year MAV have delivered over 18 sessions to schools across Greater Manchester reaching over 180 children.
The Manchester Evening New article named some of those young men who have been killed as a result of gun crime. At the 4MMM MAV acknowledged the many families in Manchester who have experienced such lost. MAV have an understanding of such loss. Many of our members have faced the pain and grief of murder. Many have also come through it and found peace.
Sadly two days after the 4MMM Event two unarmed female police officers were killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester, which led to the arrest of a wanted man. PC Nicola Hughes, 23, and PC Fiona Bone, 32, were called to Abbey Gardens in Mottram to investigate what turned out to be a false report of a burglary. Police said it appeared they had been deliberately “drawn” to the scene.
Dale Cregan, 29, was arrested in connection with the officers’ deaths and two previous murders. He was detained when he walked into Hyde police station a short time after the incident. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: someone had made a call alleging a burglary had been committed and when the officers arrived they were attacked with a gun and a grenade.
He said: “We believe he has made the call, or somebody else has made the call, and it would appear for the purposes of drawing these two officers to that particular scene, and then he has come out and shot and killed them both.
A witness at the scene in Tameside reported hearing 13 gunshots and an explosion shortly before 11:00am MAV would like to pay tribute to the good work of the police in Greater Manchester. We also pay tribute to PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone and their Loved Ones and Friends. We have an understand of your grief.
On 14th October 2012 a stolen car was driven into the MAV Birley Street Office. Thankfully there was no one in the office at the time and according to police there was no serious injury to those in the car or anyone outside the car. The cost of damage to the building is not yet known. MAV are unable to use the downstairs area of the rented office space. We have also lost access to the building from the front door. MAV has estimated losses at around £5,500. The incident was shocking and we were out of action for some time after the incident. However MAV wish to thank those who supported us with the clean-up, especially those from probation services. MAV are due to be operating from our new location from Monday 26th November 2012. The move was planned long before the accident and MAV will be sad to leave 53 Birley Street however we take many happy memories with us.
MAV will be completing two fund raising collections in November and December both fundraisers will be supported by students from The University of Manchester. You can also support us by giving through our online service which can be accessed using the link below. Please also come and support us in November and December. Make donations at the Asda Hulme collection on Monday 26th November 2012 or on Thursday 6th December 2012 at our collection points in the City Centre Manchester Albert Square. Please see dates and times for the collections events below.
26th November 2012 at Asda Hulme 11am – 7pm
6th December 2012 at Manchester Albert Square 11am – 9pm
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.
We hope you have an Enjoyable Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.