Looking Back & Moving Forward

Making Children & Young People Matter 2018 Event 

On 14th July 2018 MAV will celebrate its 10th Annual Making Children & Young People Matter Event. It will take place in Manchester’s Piccadilly Garden’s. The Event will celebrate 10- years of working with young people in the local community and the reduction of gun crime in the inner-city of Manchester. It will also pay tribute to those we have lost as a result of gun, knife, and the terrorist attack in Manchester. This years event will bring together stage show acts from the past 10 stage events, which have all taken place in the city centre of Manchester. The first event was held in Manchester’s Albert Square in 2009. The event moved to Piccadilly Garden’s in 2013 and this became home for the event. MAV have made the difficult decision of making the 10th Anniversary Event the final city centre event. In 2019 we will have a new Making Children & Young People Matter Event which will take place at Hulme Community Hall, which is MAV new building. MAV will deliver support services from Hulme Community Hall, it is also available for hire to the general public, with free session available to young people, and reduced sessions for some local groups. Please click on the word link to visit our booking page.

Looking Back to the first Event in 2009

In 2009 Manchester City Council Cover the total cost of the event which took place on 23rd August. We are hoping Manchester City Council will cover the cost of this anniversary event. MAV applied for Manchester Event Funding in January 2018. We are still awaiting an outcome. Due to a communication technicality which Manchester city council have acknowledge was their error MAV’s application review was delayed and an outcome was not agreed. We are still awaiting the outcome. It would be great to see Manchester City Council support MAV last city centre event, as it did in 2009 when the event started. We will keep you update. on outcome. MAV have secured funding for the event from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this has allowed us to cover the cost of promotion, we also have a loan from funds raised from Hulme Community Hall  to help us until we are able to secure funds. We did not want to cancel the event due to funding we are confident all cost will be covered. In 2009 there was a need to highlighted inner city issues as local people were suffering the impact of gun crime. MAV wanted to ensure local budgets would priorities children. MAV also wanted to continue making Every Child Matter.  MAV was keen to make local government evidence the impact of the change in children and young people living in the inner-city of Manchester. At part of the event, there was a planned march which started at All Saints Park, Oxford Road, Manchester and ended at Albert Square. The march was later called Million Mothers Milling and took place before all of the Albert Square Making Children & Young People Matter Events.

The move to Piccadilly and the changes made to local marches in the city prevented MAV from continuing the march through the city centre. However, this gave the planning committee more time to focus on the stage event making it bigger and better. In 2013 the first event held in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester, Manchester had a sun-filled day and the Making Children & Young People had the largest attended audience of its history, over 800 people attended and the show went down as one of the most successful Making Children & Matter Events. We are planning to top this number this year. We are currently experiencing a sun-filled summer in Manchester and we hope this will ensure people are out in high numbers and in high spirit (non-alcoholic please). The 2018 event will have some amazing guests who have all been part of the 10-year history, as well as new performers. MAV are pleased to welcome back Manchester Inspirational Voice Choir. The choir will close the show with a memorial tribute for lives lost over the past 10 years to violent crime in the city. This will include those lost to acts of terrorism. Temiah will also perform Temiah has graced the stage more times than any other singer. She has been on the performers list a total of 5 times over the 10-year history of the event. We are also happy to have Jsky back. It is always great to have someone who has continued to make music and develop their craft as Jsky has over the past few years. We are pleased to announce an additional artist who has confirmed her attendance, after performing in London’s Westend theatre Thriller Live, Ione is the events final announced guest performer. Ione will open the Making Children & Young People Matter Event. Please don’t miss her performance, get there at 1pm when everything will start with a countdown.

The events celebration t-shirt will be sent free to all those making a donation to Mothers Against Violence between the 14th July 2018 and 14th September 2018. Please follow the link below to make a donation. The t-shirt will also be on sale and will cost £5.00. It is available in a number of sizes, small, medium, large and Ex-Large. Also for our final year we are using all the colours we have used over the past 10 years. So it is available in the MAV logo colours, black, white and red. All money raised will go to the Looking Back & Moving Forward Project.

To make a Donation to Mothers Against Violence clicking on the Donate Now Link below. We will ensure your money will support the Looking Back & Moving forward Events. They will start after the launch of Looking Back & Moving Forward on 14th July 2018.

Should you wish to support one of MAV other programmes please don’t hesitate in making this clear when you donate. We will be sure to ensure your donation supports the project you wish your funds to support. Thanks in advance.

Looking Back & Moving Forward 

Mothers Against Violence (MAV) are pleased to be completing two years of official celebration. The charity is in its 18th Year and plans are underway to have a celebration book published in the new year. The booking will cover MAV’s 18-year history and will feature stories from those founder members who set the foundation of the charity. The Looking Back & Moving Forward Project will allow MAV to look back at an 18-year history which has changed the face of the local community. MAV has changed lives and more importantly saving lives. Looking Back & Moving Forward project delivery will be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are so pleased to have the Heritage Lottery fund onboard with this local history project. Capital Fund for the development of Hulme Community Hall will be supported by Clothworkers’ Foundation they have seen and supported MAV’s vision, Clothworkers’ Foundation understands the project need. Both funders have worked with us before and we are really looking forward to having their support again.

MAV is in the first year of development of a new community engagement project which is Hulme Community Hall (HCH), MAV’s new lease building is key to developing low-cost space for community groups and free space for youth engagement projects which includes a week-long free to access summer school and evening activities to engage young people. Looking Back & Moving Forward (LBMF) is a new project for 2018 and will allow MAV to build a new foundations for activities taking place at HCH for young people. MAV have worked with young people in the local inner city area of Manchester since 1999 providing educational and employment support. In addition to this MAV have also provided, free counselling and mentoring with the ACCESS Project for young people and their families. MAV work with local schools, probation services and prisons delivering workshop which focus on the impact of violence which includes gun, knife and gang-related crime. Mothers who have been victims of such crimes share their stories in local schools and colleges, this helps young people see the impact caused by these acts of violence. The overriding response from young people is positive, evidence from previous feedback show MAV’s workshops reduce and prevent acts of violence by ensuring children and young people choose positive activities and better manage issues of anger and conflict. The workshops also allow young people to develop skills to be positive leaders, creating opportunities to make better choices in developing friendships. MAV are pleased to report 85% of young people MAV work with report MAV workshops provides them with skills to ensure they are safe within the community and provide preventative measures to deescalate conflict at the earliest opportunities.

Interestingly MAV has now been around for the lifetime of all young people in Manchester of educational school age. The LBMF is a celebratory project and will provide learning as well as celebrate the achievements of the charity. HCH is one of those achievements. There is a need for additional activities in the local area to reduce anti-social behaviours in the community. The inner city still has high levels of anti-social problems and sadly knife crime is on the increase on a national scale. MAV are pleased to see our local work has reduced overall gun crime in the inner city of Manchester. HCH will extend opportunities for LBMF and future projects to impact the national issues of knife and gang related crime.

At the end of the LBMF Workshops, an evaluation will be completed. This process is completed in a group session and also with evaluation forms. This will help with developing future projects.

LBMF Workshops are completed in 6 hours (One School or Educational Day)

The beneficiaries will:

1. Increased access to historic activities in the local community
2. Local people engaging in local history activities
3. Reduced anti-social behaviours due to increased positive engagement
4. Volunteering opportunities for local people during the summer
5. Research project work for local Manchester University Bases Students
6. Improved access to historic local community space
7. Improved local educational resources: Published Book & Online Information

The LBMF will also give the project a new focus for Making Children & Young People Matter Events in the future. There will be a new Making Children & Young People Matter Event which will have a local focus and will be directed more at children and young people engaging over a week-long period, rather than just one day.

MAV is always looking for volunteers please get in touch if you would like to work with us on this project or any of the others.

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