Work Again Road Map (WARM) 2017 So Far….
WARM is a new project which promotes the eradication of violence and seek to relieve our local communities of the effects of violence by supporting people into employment, education and training. WARM advances the education of the public concerning issues of violence in particular anti-social behaviour which includes gun, knife and gang related crime and its impact upon those affected by it. WARM is working to assist local people in the city of Manchester and their families to find meaningful training, employment or work experience while working in partnership with other relevant voluntary/community groups or charitable institutions. WARM provides support for Schools, Youth Offending Teams, Probation and Prison Services. The project is currently raising funds with the help of funding grants, donations and fundraising events. However there is a long team plan to be self sustainable.
WARM has a key focus on ex-offender’s rehabilitation, settlement and mental health. The programme provides support in developing knowledge and understanding the employment market and prepares beneficiaries for job interviews. MAV already has experience in supporting those held in prison and those who are going through the rehabilitation process. Many have questioned why a service which was set up to support victims of gun crime is interested in supporting perpetrators of crime. MAV believe that many of those held in prison are often victims too; victims of a poor society which has often failed to provide positive learning experiences in the early years. MAV have provided service for 12 years to those in prison the support has included a letter writing service, workshops and support for the prisons therapeutic community.
We have gained many recommendations for our work in the community. We received the Volunteer’s Community Award from the Queen in 2004. MAV not only has strong relationships with the prison service but also with GMP police, Youth Offending Teams and we also had a place on the Home Office’s Round Table for Gun and Knife Crime from 2004 -2008. Recently we have developed relationships with services which provide an alternative to reoffending behaviours through business, education and employment development.
MAV have worked with an experienced advisor who has works closely with offenders who are seeking employment training. WARM is working with young people leaving school and college or those who have not completed formal education or are considered Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) these vastly unsupported group have higher chance of been enticed into criminal activity.
MAV Founder Member Patsy Mckie speaking at this year Making Children & Young People Matter (MCYPM) Event (which was attended by Guest Singer Michelle John Semi-Finalist of 2017 The Voice) said;
WARM is a community incentive. The project has already helped young people by linking them to a mentor who supports them into employment. I have watched them move from hopelessness to success using the WARM mentoring programme of support. MAV will be celebrating these achievement at our 2017 Annual General Meeting. This year we will celebrate 18 years of MAV, and the grand opening of MAV Hulme Hall. The MCYPM Event has brought together all the work we have done throughout the year. WARM is a key part of this, further investment is needed to ensure WARM succeeds. The trustees of the charity are working with the local community to ensure success happens.
WARM’s project objective is to give reformed ex-offenders and those NEET young people, employment mentoring, through training, education and one to one personal development sessions. WARM will also provide additional long-term support which will include mentoring, counselling and life coaching this will help to ensure sustainability for those completing the programme. MAV will invest in the service finically as we believe this helps us establish ownership. WARM has raised funds for the initial one year trial with the support of Big Lottery Fund. MAV have also complete sponsored events and charity collections. MAV have raised funds for many of our services in this way and we are confident we can rise any additional funding throughout the year in order to ensure WARM is completed and a full assessment of the project is conducted by March 2018.
MAV is using its current referral process with prisons, youth offending services and colleges in the local area. WARM will help participants gain an understanding of working environment and provide support, encouragement and job opportunity for ex-offenders, youth offenders and those considered as NEET.
MAV Hulme Hall Seven Year Lease Completed
MAV have completed the lease for Hulme Hall as part of the WARM Project commitment. It was vital to WARM that we had a building in which projects and workshops could be delivered. MAV made the Hulme Hall lease part of the main outcomes for the WARM Project. We are pleased that the lease has now been agreed between Manchester City Council and Mothers Against Violence.
Hulme Hall will remain a community resource and will be a venue for hire in the local community. MAV are keen to invest time and money into Hulme Hall to ensure that the venue is good quality and highly competitive in the local area. Hulme Hall will have it’s own booking page on MAV website in October 2017
MAV will continue to seek additional funding for the WARM so that the project is able to be comfortably delivered at Hulme Hall. Plans include new tables, chairs and kitchen fittings. These will also be available for hire making the overall project cost effective and profitable. The development of Hulme Hall will ensuring greater opportunities are given to those who have lived in our community.
WARM will encourage those taking part in the support programme to aim for personal success and achieve positive change in their personal development. MAV Hulme Hall will address additional need in the community as it puts particular attention on easy access to venues in the community.
Next Step for WARM
MAV plan to work closely with Local Charity Re:vision. Re:vision is a charity set up by a local business Procure Plus. Procure Plus and MAV have had several meetings to plan future developments to work together. Re-vision are encouraged by MAV’s vision and have expressed interest in support us with employment opportunities for participants and support with the overall development of the project. MAV and Re:vision have many of the same aims and objectives which link us to supporting those who are finding it difficult competing in the job market. WARM will regularly conduct feedback of experiences on aspects of the projects; beneficiaries will be asked to evaluate the process of learning throughout the programme. The final result of such evaluations will has a large influence on the project development.
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