Commemorating 20 years of Mothers Against Violence

The Looking Back & Moving Forward Project

Mothers Against Violence have built strong relationships with schools, colleges, police, local churches and Manchester city council. However, 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.

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MAV delivered a new project called Looking Back & Moving Forward (LBMF). The project allowed the charity to look back at the journey it has taken since it was established in August 1999. It was then documented in a book and a film called YEAR ZERO. Please click on links below to view part 1 & 2 of the film.

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You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system. The film was made with The Heritage Lottery Fund. It now forms part of MAV workshop presentations and can be requested in full from the charity on request.

20th Anniversary Film & Book

Click on YEAR ZERO Film – Part 1 & 2 below

PART ONE YEAR ZERO. The website link and its content is copyright of Mothers Against Violence all rights reserved.
PART TWO YEAR ZERO. The website link and its content is copyright of Mothers Against Violence all rights reserved.

PHASE ONE Completed

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Looking Back & Moving Forwards (LBMF) is PHASE ONE of a five-year intervention for the development of MAV’s Community – Hulme Hall. PHASE ONE has provided a valuable space at the Hall for working with children from age 3 to 17. The activity space will be fully operational from November 2019, providing space for counselling and therapeutic interventions, as well as creative activities for young people. It will also extend to services for ‘looked after children (LAC).’ 

MAV delivered workshops which allowed the views and thoughts of students from Levenshulme High School, Wright Robinson College and newly recruited police officers from Greater Manchester Police, to help influence what takes place at Hulme Hall.

Old Kitchen at Hulme Hall
Newly fitted Kitchen at MAV’s Community Hulme Hall

The workshops which started in early May 2018 looked at the history of MAV and its local community. It also addresses the historic issues of the charity and current issues of gun crime and knife crime. The knowledge gained from the workshops provided a clear direction for what is needed at MAV’s Community – Hulme Hall.

The Heritage Lottery Fund covered the cost of project delivery, historic research and project development.  The LBMF was the result of needs highlighted by the local community.  The areas MAV 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. MAV’s Community – Hulme Hall programme identifies groups most at risk of exclusion. The hall is not only an alternative low-cost community building, it provides free access space for children and young people to make a positive contribution to the local community. The LBMF project has transformed the kitchen area. The total budget for the kitchen was £16,000. 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 renovation was covered by Clothworkers’ Foundation Funding.

Diversity in the Community

On Sunday the 22nd September 2019 the Jewish rep council representatives lead by Carl Montlake joined with Mothers Against Violence a MAV’s Community – Hulme Hall for an afternoon event called “Diversity in the Community”. This brought communities with different cultures, Ethnic backgrounds and religions together to eradicate ant-Semitism and Racial prejudice.

To set the atmosphere Jewish folk songs were played and people were offered soft drinks and Jewish snacks which included bread and cakes.     

Jews dance group celebrate cultural difference

The afternoon was started by Jeremy Michelson who spoke passionately about Jewish history, Talmud, and how we are expected to run our lives in the service. The talk lasted 45 minutes and was well received by the many non-Jews who attended. Jeremy’s session finished with a questions and answers.

Following Jeremy was Michael Sharpe from the new Holocaust museum. He talked about his connection to the holocaust and the North Western holocaust museum which is located at the University of Huddersfield where the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre is based. He explained that although Britain’s had access to reliable information about the Nazi regime’s persecution of Jews, most people could not imagine that such a mass murder campaign was possible. Many Britain’s sympathized with the plight of European Jews, assisting refugees and rescuing the victims of Nazism.

Presentation from Joy Wolfe on Modern Israel

At the public exhibition at the University of Huddersfield there is a powerful warning note about the perils of anti-Semitism, and forms of racial prejudice. There are also illustrations of the Nazi persecution of the Jews which culminated in the Holocaust. The exhibition is based around the stories of survivors who made new lives in the North of England and includes evocative artefacts from the camps.

Moving on, the floor was taken by Joy Wolfe who patiently touched on modern Israel, Joy told us all the wonderful things that Israel has given the world this included many information and technologies and breakthrough in medical sciences for many major illnesses such as Cancer.

Jet Black Dance Academy join Jewish Dance Group

After refreshments we were privileged to have a professional Israeli group entertain. They were joined by a local children’s dance group who shared in the Israeli dancing. To finish the event the integration of communities Jet-Black Dance Academy took to the floor and entertained us with hip hop dance. Pauline Sergeant chairperson of Mothers Against Violence and Jay Charara from the rep council closed the proceeding.

Looking Back & Moving Forward Final Event

Table Set for Launch of Year Zero

Mothers Against Violence ended the Looking Back Moving Forward Project on 26th October 2019 with a community celebration event which launched the film Year Zero which chronical the 20-year history of the charity. The film will be used in a new workshop which will provide help and support for local services facing issues related to the growing concerns of knife crime. The workshop is called STOP & REACH and it has been delivered across Greater Manchester and in more recent months in Bradford and Redcar, North East UK as part of Knife Crime projects lead by Neesie  and Chis Cave Foundation.

Singer TEMIAH takes to stage

The feedback from presentation and film workshops was excellent. Year Zero film seemed to provide an emotional connection to the experiences faced by family members after the murder of a young family member. One young person said; “it will make you think twice before thinking of carrying a knife.” The film provided people with the knowledge of the impact of violent crime on families.

The Looking Back & Moving Forward event not only provided time to see the new film, it also allowed MAV the opportunity to invite people from across the community to see the outcome of PHASE ONE hall renovation work. Guest singer was the wonderful TEMIAH.

10 Exceptional Mothers Against Violence

Patsy Mckie 1999 – 2019

Patsy McKie receiving her Pride Of Manchester Award

Patsy founded member of Mothers Against Violence. She helped establish the service as a charity in 2010. She was the only mothers who had lost a child to gun violence that attended the first meeting of mothers in the local community. Her son Dorrie was murdered in August 1999. Patsy is now a Trustee of Mothers Against Violence and continues to work with the independent advisory committee and Greater Manchester Police on behalf of the charity.

Rose Thompson 1999 – 2019

Rose Thompson (right) with Patsy at the Pride of Manchester Awards

Rose attended the first meeting healed in the community at the Nello James Centre. She is a Founder member of MAV. Her Trustee role also includes supporting the management of charity finances. She has also attended many residential weekends where young people explore issues which include helping young people improving work skills and pro-social activities.

Rose was also a vital part of the Million Mothers March and Making Children and Young People Matter Event from 2009 – 2018.

Angela Lawrence 1999 – 2012

Angela Lawrence MBE (left) receiving Queen’s Volunteer Award in 2004

Angela attended the second meeting arranged by mothers in the community and from the start took a lead role in the initial development of Mothers Against Violence. She went on to be a key figure in the building of the charity and represented MAV at the Home Office Round Table Meetings on Gun and Knife Crime. Angela went on to establish her own project Manchester Active Voices. She was later awarded with in MBE in 2015 for her work with Manchester Active Voices.

Sheila Eccleston 2002 – 2005       

Sheila Eccleston Imperial War Museum North 2005

Sheila joined MAV after the murder of her son Dean. She became a voice for change in the community. She visited Boston in the USA as part of developing Mothers Against Violence initiatives to tackle gun crime. She was the second Mother who became involved with MAV after loosing a child to gun Violence.

She was always open and honest about Dean’s criminal background, always wanting young people to know that his lifestyle choices were not always good but his life was still special. The Boston visit gave MAV the opportunity to be featured on national Television in a BBC documentary.

Vida Swanston 2003 – 2019       

Vida Swanston at Presentation Event for Mothers Against Violence in 2013

Vida joined MAV as a volunteer and became involved with management of finances. She has held the longest serving official charity role and has served as Treasurer since 2010. She has also been a key member of the management team. Her role has developed since 2018 and now include the financial management of MAV’s Community Hulme Hall. She is keen to ensure that all money raised from the hire of the hall covers the cost of repairs and maintenance of the hall, while also providing funds to cover the cost of youth services in the hall.

Pat Regan 2002 – 2008   

Pat Regan Imperial War Museum North 2005

The late Pat Regan joined MAV as a volunteer after meeting Patsy at a event in London. Pat began to build relationships with Mothers Against Violence supporting the charity by sharing her story of loss. Pat’s son Danny was murdered near Liverpool. Pat was bold in her approach and honest about her son’s previous criminal activity which lead to his untimely death. Sadly we lost Pat in 2012 after her sudden death. During her time with the group she visited schools and gave talks about the dangers and the consequences of getting involved in crime.

Pat’s valuable contribution to the charity will never be forgotten. In this commemorative year for MAV we send our love and support to Pat’s family and all those who supported her work in Liverpool. Rest in Peace.

Theresa Cave 2003 – 2005  

Theresa Cave (right) is presented with a donation from MAV by Ian Swanston (MAV Trustee)

Theresa joined MAV in 2003 after the murder of her son Chris in Redcar, North East, England. She was the first mother to become involved in MAV as a result of knife crime. She was supported by Mothers Against Violence in setting up a branch of MAV in the North East. This went on to be formally named in 2005 as the Chris Cave Foundation. As part of the Looking Back & Moving Forward Project MAV raised £1,321.17 in online donations. £300 was given to the Chris Cave Foundation towards knife crime initiative in the North East. The cheque was presented by MAV Trustee Ian Swanston on 8th February 2020 at The Chris Cave Foundation Youth Conference.

Beulah Tomlin 2009 – 2019  

Beulah Tomlin at the Making Children & Young People Event 2014

Beulah joined MAV to support the launch of Million Mothers March in 2009. She then led the development of rebranding the event in 2011. The event changed its name to the Making Children & Young People Matter event. This was launched as a five year plan and highlighted the 5 Every Child Matters aims and objectives; Being healthy, Staying safe, Enjoying and achieving, Making a positive contribution and Economic well-being. Each year one of the aims would be the focus of the event, all five aims were covered. The Making Children & Young People Matter event had its final city centre celebration in July 2018.

Beulah was awarded a financial donation raised by MAV Trustees. It was awarded to her at the 20th Anniversary Celebration Event in recognition of her hard work with MAV’s Annual events from 2009 – 2018.

Jackie Featherstone 2004 – 2011

Jackie Featherstone at London Event for Mothers Against Violence 2007

Jackie joined MAV in 2004 just 4 months after the murder of her son Fabian. Jackie volunteered and spoke of her loss at many MAV events. Jackie said she found understanding when she came to MAV after the murder of her son. She continued working with MAV and was part of the management board helping MAV to establish charity status in 2010. Recently she returned to MAV to take part in the 20th Anniversary film called Year Zero.

Pauline Sergeant 2013 – 2019

Pauline speaking to British Serviceman at an Awards Ceremony she attended with MAV volunteers at Hilton Hotel in Central Manchester.

Pauline joined MAV in 2013 and took on the role of Chairperson. She focused on policies and procedures of the charity ensure they were rewritten to reflect current aims and objectives. This gave greater clarity to the new roles established since MAV had become a charity. Pauline came to the charity with a great understanding of community engagement. She previously worked as a community worker in nearby Levenshulme. where she had been a local school governor. She also worked with AGE UK. She has been MAV’s longest serving chairperson and has represented the charity at events across Greater Manchester and in London.

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We would like to say a special thank you to Levenshulme High School for Girl, Chorlton High School and ASLEF Trade Union. They all raised large donations for Mothers Against Violence in 2019.

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