MAV’s Hulme Community Hall – STAGE ONE

Hulme Community Hall has been under the management of MAV for 2 years. Since August 2017 the hall has gone through an internal transformation. In recent months MAV has invested in an online support website which is helping take care of bookings. The previous online booking process was reported as difficult and reviews came back as overall poor.  MAV has now invested time and resources in ensuring the process is made much easier. If you have not had a look at the new booking website, please do visit the website and see new features. We hope the investment will make your online booking process much easier. Take a moment to click on the photo below to check out the website and MAV’s great new community influenced prices, which ensure we consider most budgets.

STAGE ONE – Hulme Hall Renovation

Before (above) and after photographs of New MCYPM Space
Before (above) and after photographs of New Walter Tull Room for counselling, youth group access and community hire.

Mothers Against Violence have built strong relationships in our local community with schools, colleges, police, local churches and Manchester city council services. However, MAV has always had the strongest links with other community groups. As MAV take the time to look back at a 20-year history, we are most proud of the relationships we have with local people. We believe it is these relationships which gives the charity a proven track record of delivering what local people need.

In July 2018 MAV’s Making Children & Young People Matter Project celebrated 10 years of the annual Making Children & Young People Matter Event. MAV continues to have a firm commitment to young people in the community and are currently developing a new project which will provide a place for young people supporting their mental health. The service will work across Greater Manchester. More about this project development will be shared here on the website soon.

STAGE ONE of the Hulme Hall project is currently making positive headway. MAV will now have a Making Children & Young People (MCYPM) Activity Space at Hulme Hall. The activity space will be fully operational in November 2019 and will provide free access space for children, providing counselling and therapeutic interventions. It will also provide a place for looked after children to have their contact visits with their parents. We apologise that our commitment to developing the new project has taken us away from communicating with you on the website and social media. However, we are now back on track and hope to keep you updated with the progress of the renovation and delivery of workshops.

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund Project and the Clothworkers’ Foundation who have supported MAV’s 2018 project with funding, the Looking Back & Moving Forward project has not only provided a new space, the new space has been influenced by young people and new police officers. MAV delivered workshops which allowed the views and thoughts of students from Levenshulme High School, Wright Robinson College and new recruit police officers from Greater Manchester Police to influence what would take place in the new MCYPM space. The workshops looked at the history of MAV and its local community, it also addresses the historic issues of gun crime and the current issues of knife crime. The knowledge gained from the workshops provided a clear direction of what is needed in the new MCYPM Space. MAV will continue to deliver the project in the coming months. MAV also look forward to the formal opening of the new MCYPM space at Hulme Hall on 26th October 2019. The new area at the hall is linked to the Walter Tull room which has also been renovated and will provide additional meeting space for MAV groups and the local community.

Before (above) and after photographs of £16,000 Kitchen Renovation now completed and fully funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation

Hulme Hall Projects is a result of the community’s need for flexible low-cost hire space. The areas in which we operate have large numbers of minority groups who are often more at risk of been marginalised from mainstream services due to barriers such as language, religion, culture and fear. This is often because mainstream services do not always understand the challenges of these local people. MAV Hulme Community Hall identifies groups most at risk of exclusion. The hall will not only be an alternative low-cost community building but will provide Children & Young People (CYP) with ways to make a positive contribution to the local community. The Hall will ensure CYP have free access to the hall. The transformation of the kitchen area at the Hall has been the most costly part of the project to date. The total budget was £16,000. However, it has gained high praise from users and has also increased user access by 40% for celebration event hire. The total budget of the kitchen was covered by Clothworkers’ Foundation Funding. The kitchen will also help to engage CYP with free cooking activities which will, in turn provide engagement opportunities with local senior citizens from the African Caribbean Care Group, they access support next door to the hall at the Claremont Centre. The business model for the hall does not see profits made from hire at this stage. However, all money will be invested back into the hall as part of a long-term sustainability plan. The hall will create a lasting legacy with further investment and new project ideas which will provide employment opportunities in year three. MAV are currently looking into community project funding for STAGE TWO of the project.

STOP & REACH Project

STOP & REACH is a positive alternative to STOP & SEARCH helping build positive relationships with young people.

MAV are pleased to have completed STAGE ONE of Hulme Hall in the timescale allocated for renovation. We have also been able to do this without much disruption to services. The kitchen area, new Walter Tull Room and MCYPM Activity Space have had complete makeovers and all for good reason. Now with separate access to the small rooms, the hall is now ready to engage young people to a new project STOP & REACH which has been funded by National Lottery Community Fund. MAV is pleased to have been awarded part of the 65 million given to community groups across England. The additional funding from High Sheriff Police Trust provides additional support for counselling, mentoring, business development and employment support for STOP & REACH. Many of the beneficiaries of the STOP & REACH project will be young people Not be in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). MAV is still seeking to secure funding for the mental health part of the STOP & REACH Project.

The aim of STOP & REACH is to provide specialists support for Children & Young People (CYP) emotionally and mentally. MAV’s operational areas cover inner city of Manchester. These areas are impacted by a range of social problems arising from forms of deprivation including health, employment, income and environment, which all impact on local people, acting as a barrier preventing change or progression. A core problem that is common in local areas is high levels of crime. Local areas have been ranked in the top 10% of areas worse affected in England (Indices of Deprivation). These areas have been plagued with anti-social behaviours including knife crime which has had devastating impacts on the community. The STOP & REACH Project is a direct intervention which provides an alternative approach to the police stop and search, which has a focus on challenging possible criminal activity. The STOP & REACH looks at engaging young people before they get involved with crime by introducing pro-social activities. STOP & REACH will provide CYP with alternatives ways to make positive contribution to the local community.

New film will explore MAV’s 20 year history and encourage young film makers.

As part of the 20-year celebrating MAV are working with a local film producer who will complete a history film which will provide MAV with historical evidence and provide an educational short film for engaging young people. We are pleased that James Twyman from Black Card Production will also complete workshops with young people exploring the art of positive film making using a smartphone

In addition to the funding secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Clothworkers’ Foundation. we have secured local funding from Greater Manchester Police which includes High Sheriff Police Trust and Proceeds of Crime Funding. MAV has also secured funding from MAV’s largest funder, the newly named The National Lottery Community Fund. The support has totalled £55,000. This truly makes the work we are doing so much easier and will provide projects with sustainability long after funds have finished.


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