MAV Make A Positive Contribution in 2014

Making Children & Young People Matter 2014

On Saturday 12th July at 1.00 pm MAV are having our annual Making Children & Young People Matter Event. It will be held in MANCHESTER city centre, Piccadilly Gardens. On stage will be live musical talent, inspirational talks, poetry, stalls and other entertainment.  Mothers Against Violence aims to raise awareness of the effect of crime on families and  communities. The year is the BIG THANK YOU YEAR!

MAV will pay tribute to  people and services in the community that Make A Positive Contribution. The theme this year is taken from the Every Child Matter Framework. We also hope to inspire others to Make A Positive Contribution in their communities.

MAV are please to be able to say thanks to those who contributed in the 1st World War and this year we celebrate one hundred years. MAV have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and at this years Event we will thank black and all other ethnic groups who made a positive contributions one hundred years ago and those who put their lives on the front line of war today.

Building A New Generation (BANG)

Residential Weekend &  Lion King Theatre Trip

MAV’s A Community Counselling & Emotional Support Service (ACCESS) hosted the Building A New Generation (BANG) Residential weekend which took place on 26th -27th April 2014. The event took place at the Jurys Inn Hotel in Bradford. Ian Swanston who leads the ACCESS project was lead coordinator for the event. Ian provided a therapeutic environment throughout the weekend this helped give young people time and space to explore their views and thoughts. The programme included a trip to Bradford’s Alhanbra Theatre to see the Lion King.

The weekend was aimed at young people aged 11-17. It was funded by Awards for All Lottery Funding and supported young people in developing ways in which they can impact their community in a positive way. The Every Child Matters outcome Economic Wellbeing has been a key focus for MAV since July 2013 and the BANG weekend brought the theme to a positive end. The young people covered issues relevant to enhancing their everyday life. There were 4 Workshops which covered the topics Business Development, Building Positive Relationships, African DANCE and Making a Difference to Domestic Abuse.

The ACCESS project created a programme of activities that allowed the group of young people to reflect on their personal goals as well as think about how those goals would best impact their local community. The whole weekend had a clear message of encouragement and self-reflection. A qualified male and female Counsellor were on hand throughout the weekend to provide support and encouragement in group and one to one work.   

In small groups the young people were able to bring their thoughts together and write four key focus points for BANG 2014-15.

 B – Build Believe and never give up. Being Bigger Better and Bolder  

 A – Aim to Achieve high Aspirations through positive Actions

 N – No Negativity No more Neglect

 G – Group together forever Generation

MAV’s Road Map for Business Development Workshop

The workshop is in its second year at MAV and was developed by Carl Montlake & MAV to help provide training for ex-offenders on their release from prison. The programme of support covers all major aspects of establishing a business. Carl session with the young people offered an opportunity for them to consider the possibility of having their own business in the future. Carl helped young people understand what is necessary when developing a good business idea. Carl also provided encouragement, for those young person who were already considering a business venture in the future. The young people feedback from the session was encouraging they said;  

You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it 

 I know the things to think about when starting a business

Having a business is not easy    

On the first day of the programme the young people were allowed some free time to go out and about around Bradford. The young people split into three groups. The first group visited Bradford City Centre and went to see what bargains Bradford city shops had to offer. The second group visited the National Media Museum which is said to be one of the most modern interactive museums in the UK. The third group went to the Impression Art Gallery and Library. The gallery had a special presentation called “Thirteen” which evoked death drama and identity. George Chakravarthi re-imagines the thirteen Shakespearean characters who met their ends through suicide.  The activities were followed by Dinner at an all you can eat Cantonese Buffet Restaurant. A number of young people took full advantage of the all you can eat part of the deal.   

We ended the first day at the Alhambra Theatre seeing the stage production of the Lion King. It was the first experience of the theatre for many of the young people who attended. The trip was also a way of inspiring young people who are part of the MAV Dance Group to explore other forms of dance such as African dancing. The Lion King story line brings together many of the key aims and objectives of MAV. The story follows the life of a Simba a lion cub who runs away from his troubles instead of facing them and standing up for positive change. Simba later learns you can’t run away forever and the best thing to do is to face your past and make positive changes for the future. The ACCESS Project have wanted to complete a trip to see the production for a number of years however were unable to secure funding. ACCESS were extremely grateful when Awards for All agreed to fund the total cost of the two day residential and trip to see the Lion King. After the show the young people said;

“It was the best thing they had ever seen” 

“It was just great” 

“I want to see it again it was just amazing”

This was all very encouraging for the staff and MAV team  

On the second day after a very nice breakfast at the hotel Ian Swanston completed a reflection. Ian helped the young people gathered thoughts and feeling from the Lion King  production. The young people were asked if they were inspired by the story and what they enjoyed or disliked about the production. It was largely very positive the only two dislikes were the seating and the length of the production. The majority of feedback was extremely positive the things the young people highlighted as learning points from the production included;

Working together helps communities

Never try to run away from your past, learn from it

Good will always overcomes evil

Don’t let anyone stop you from going for your dreams    

African Dance Workshop  & Cartwright Hall in Lister Park

The young people were given a choice to complete an African Dance workshop which would allow the young people time to explore the dance of the Lion King. During the session the young people would explore the power of movement with African dance instructor Joy Akinbinu. Joy would help the young people look at African dance in details and share her experience of African dance helping the group create their own African moves and groves. The alternative activity to African dance was an outdoor activity to which is set in the magnificent, Green Flag-awarded grounds of Lister Park, with a boating lake, adventure playground and Mughal Gardens. Most of the children stayed to complete the African Dance Workshop. However 5 of them visited Lister Park and Cartwright Hall with two members of staff. After the African Dance workshop and trip to Lister Park the young people said they really enjoyed the two activities. One young people wrote;

Joy had good energy and persuasive skills she got most people taking part in the African Dance Workshop   

Domestic Abuse

The final workshop covered the challenging subject of Domestic Abuse. The session was led by Carol Townsend who explored the issues of domestic abuse. She helped the young people explore ways in which they could challenge such issues in their local community. Young people also looked at what influences made this the fastest growing type of abuse in local communities across then UK. The young people also looked at ways in which they can make positive changes to improve outcomes in the future. The workshop helped young people look out for the signs of domestic violence in relationships. The young people were extremely engaged in the subject matter which was a clear reflection on the Carol’s active learning style which ran throughout the two hour session. After the session young people said:

I have learnt how to keep myself safe from abusive relationships and how to support others.  

 I now know how many people in our community are suffering from abusive relationships. I want to make a difference.

The early signs of abusive behaviours are clearer to me.      

We ended the weekend with an evaluation session which was led by MAV founder member Patsy Mckie. This allowed young people time to look at the main learning points of the weekend and feedback if the weekend had meet its aims and objectives. After the evaluation MAV Chairperson Pauline Sergeant led a vote of thanks which included thank to the ACCESS project Lead Ian Swanston.

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MAV Celebrating Success

The Journey Award Ceremony Success

MAV hosted The Journey Award Ceremony at the city centre venue called PROJECT 42, 42 CHARLES STREET, MANCHESTER M1 7DB. The event was held on the evening of Friday 25th October 2013. Five awards were given to individuals who had completed the MAV 2012 -13 Business Development Project. The Awards were given for achievements that crossed five categories. The Art Business Award, The Community Business Award, Overcoming Adversary Award, Original Business Idea Award and Entrepreneur of the Year. The winners were chosen by the MAV Trustees and Committee Members with the help of the project lead Mr Carl Montlake. The project was funded by The Allen Lane Foundation in June 2012. It received additional funding from Probation Services.  The project supported a highly vulnerable group of people who wanted to start their own businesses. Many had past criminal convictions. Others had little financial support or no formal qualification.  MAV successfully delivered the programme to over 42 candidates. 14 completed the programme and 12 went on to register their own business with a unique tax reference code. 5 of these were award a special recognition from MAV at the event. The event was funded by Manchester Metropolitan University and The Building A New Generation Project (BANG) which is been funded by Big Lottery Awards for All.  Certificates of achievement where given to the winners and a trophy presented by MAV Chairperson Mrs Pauline Sergeant to the Entrepreneur of the Year.  Manchester Metropolitan University enabled MAV to also present gift vouchers to each winner from M&S. M&S have supported MAV in the past with food donations for volunteers completing outreach work. The Manchester Evening New reported a story on the event.

The Business Development Educational Training Programme (BDETP)

The programme provides support in developing knowledge of business and employment. MAV has experience in supporting those held in prison and those who are going through the rehabilitation process. MAV have provided services for over 8 years to those in prison the support has included a letter writing service, workshops and support for the prisons therapeutic community. MAV not only has strong relationships with the prison service but also with GMP police and Youth Offending Teams.  Recently we have developed relationships with services which provide an alternative to reoffending behaviours through business, education and employment development.  Our objective was  to give reformed ex-offenders and those preparing to leave custody, employment and business leadership skills, through training, education and one to one personal development sessions. The programme also provides additional long-term support which l includes mentoring, counselling and life coaching. All of which helps to ensure sustainability for those completing the programme. The programme of support was not only open to ex-offenders but to people who had found it difficult due to personal issues which prevented accessing other training programmes.

The BDETP help participants gain an understanding of business development and provides support, encouragement and opportunity for participants. The sessions were held at probation offices and the MAV offices.  Our research into the value of the programme has shown one to one support and encouragement as well as the long-term advice was what participants felt were of most value.  The evidence we have completed identifies that once completing the course you were likely to register your own business. MAV’s BDETP has proved to be a good way of addressing ex-offenders needs. It puts particular attention on the learning needs of those in “transition”, those moving into new areas or leaving institutions. A place on the BDETP course gave participants a goal.   BDETP had 4 volunteering roles and one paid worker. BDETP provided beneficiaries with better life chances by helping to develop business education and employment skills, which will assist in practical elements of everyday life and reduce the likelihood of reoffending behaviours for the long-term.

And the Winner is!  

The Art Business Award:  Winner Chantelle Bayliss  

The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that business focus was artistic. Chantelle Bayliss was the winner of this award. Chantelle started a hairdressing and makeup business with the help of the MAV Business Development Project. She has a mobile service that allows clients to have the service in their own home. Chantelle was unable to attend the event.

The Community Business Award: Winner

The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that project focused on developing community spirit. MAV have a key focus on supporting people to improve their local community. The award went to Saliah Ahmed for her catering business which provides Indian and English food for people in her local area. Saliah also provided the catering for the evening event.

Overcoming Adversary Award: Winner Nathan Daly

The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that overcame personal difficulties in order to achieve their business idea. The award was given to Nathan Daly who started his business and developed the project even when he was experiencing extreme personal difficulties in his life. Nathan went on to receive support to manage his personal problems, he continued to complete each session of the Business Development Programme.    

Original Business Idea Award: Winner Anton Trueman

The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that had a business with a difference. Anton was aware of the growing demand for tattoos. Anton felt if there was a growing demand for tattoos then there would be a growing demand for tattoo removal. Anton started a business that focused on the removal of unwanted tattoos.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Winner Daniel Shah

The award celebrated the achievement of an individual that was an overall good achiever thought-out the Business Development Programme. The award went to Daniel who not only achieved his business idea but went on to share his story of achievement with local people. Daniel story was covered in his local Newspaper in Bolton.

MAV Chairperson Mrs Pauline Sergeant ended the evening paying tribute to all the winners and those who completed the programme. She said; “MAV’s aim is to give a voice to those in the community that need support. The key to the projects success has been team work.” Mrs Sergeant also thanked Carl Montlake who delivered the training and Ian Swanston who ensured the project meet all the relevant targets. She said;  “The project exceeded all expectations thanks to hard work and funding from Allen Lane Foundation and Probation Services.  The Chairperson attended the event with her husband Sylvester Sergeant.      

Dramatic Fall in Shootings.  

MAV are pleased to hear of the fall in gun incidents in Greater Manchester. In the last six months, there were just 11 confirmed shooting incidents recorded by Greater Manchester Police – one of the lowest rates ever recorded by the force. It is a steep drop from a peak of shootings in 2007 when there were 146 confirmed incidents over 12 months. Detectives have been so successful in tackling the gangs in Greater Manchester that they now deal with fewer shootings than the neighbouring West Yorkshire force. The spate of gang-related gun incidents prompted GMP to set up Operation XCalibre nine years ago to target gangs in Moss Side and south Manchester. It led to the jailing of key gang leaders but officers also worked with community groups such as Mother Against Violence to prevent the next generation of youngsters being lured into gang life. MAV have continued working in schools and probation services in the Greater Manchester region. Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “Greater Manchester is a safe place to live, but there is a small minority that believes communities can be ruled by fear.  The success of Xcalibre in tackling gun and gang crime is proof that only by standing together can we defeat these individuals. It’s about the police, probation, local councils, youth offending services, and most importantly, local people working together to get to the causes of crime and bringing real, long-term change. It’s also about empowering young people who may be tempted to join a gang to choose a better way.”

Article taken in-part from: Manchester Evening New reported on the 10th October 2013

More Success for MAV

Making Children & Young People Matter Summer Event 

MAV started the summer holidays with a very successful Making Children & Young People Matter Event in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester on the 13th July 2013. The stage show was hosted by one of  MAV’s Volunteers Jessica Swanston-Suarez. Jessica introduced some amazing performers over a span of 6 hours of non-stop entertainment. There was also  face painting and a bouncy castle for the younger children. MAV are please to say the new city centre location and the wonderful sunshine helped to bring out over 400 hundred people. The focus of the event was the Every Child Matter outcome Achieve Economic Well-Being. The theme helped to encourage local people to work towards their personal goals in education, employment and training. Many of the performers shared stories of overcoming challenges to achieve their success.








MAV would like to thank all the artist and volunteers who worked so hard to make the event a success. If you would like to be involved in the 2014 event please contact the MAV Office, details below.

Making Children & Young People Matter 2014 Event Contact: 

phone: 0161 226 8134  email: 

Patsy Mckie or Beulah Tomlin  

Approved Provider & New Funding Support

MAV are pleased to announce we have successfully become one of the providers for Achieve North West (ANW). Being an approved providers gives us the opportunity to tender for contracts. MAV have not yet been successful in securing a contract with ANW however MAV’s focus will be providing support for ex-offenders ensuring they get help with employment and business development training. The success of the Allen Lane Foundation project which was successfully completed in January 2013 had given us the knowledge and understanding of how best to support this highly vulnerable group. MAV are keen to continue to develop this project . We are currently still providing support to a small number of ex-offenders with the programme.

We have secured funding from The Clothworkers’ Foundation (TCF) to cover capital cost for the work with ex-offenders and young people. The funding will enable us to invest in improving the IT area allowing business plans to be created using the best software available. I will also give young people better computer technology skills enable them to develop IT based projects as well as improve our social networking and gaming.  MAV are pleased to have the TCF as one of our funders for 2013-14.

We are also pleased to have secured funding for a third time from Awards for All (AFA). This makes AFA the second highest funder MAV have had in  13 years of service to our local community. The funding will help in development of the Building A New Generation Projects (BANG) The BANG projects will continue on our Every Child Matter outcome Achieve Economic Well-Being supporting young people to develop skills for the future. There will be a residential education and training weekend as part of the project.

Please Donate to MAV Now! Thank You

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.

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Education + Work = Achieves Economic Well-Being.

MAV Annual Event 2013  

Making Children and Young People Matter!

On Saturday 13th July at 1.00 pm MAV are having our annual event. The 5th Making Children & Young People Matter Event (5MCYM) will be held in MANCHESTER city centre, Piccadilly Gardens. There will be a live talent staged  showcase which  includes children and young people displaying skills in business and the arts. Look out for mind blowing musical  performances, inspirational talks, poetry, stalls and other entertainment.  Mothers Against Violence  aims to raise awareness of the effect of crime on families and  communities. We also hope to inspire others to make better choices that will benefit themselves and change the next generation.

With all this in mind, our theme this year is taken from the Every Child Matter Framework.

Education + Work = Achieves Economic Well-Being.

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Annual General Meeting 2013

Annual General Meeting 2013

MAV will have our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 19th June 2013 at Hulme Hall, Claremont Resource Centre, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5FS. The evening will start at 7pm and refreshments will be served after the event. The post of Treasurer will be open for nominations. Ms. Vida Swanston has currently completed 3 years in the post of Treasurer.  MAV would like to open the post to a new volunteer. Please contact the office if you would like to be considered for the post. Contact details are at the end of this post.

The Annual General Meeting will be hosted by the MAV Chairperson Mrs PaulineSergeant and a review of the past year will be completed.  The Chairperson has completed her first year as MAV Chairperson. She has been keen on improving management structures and policies and procedures. The Chairperson has been instrumental in improving our Child Protection, Disciplinary Procedure, Volunteer Induction and Conflict of Interest Policies. She also introduced  new policies such as the Email and Phone Usage Policy. The Chairperson would like to extended a warm welcome to everyone at our Annual General Meeting on 19th June 2013 at 7pm.  Please confirm your attendance at this years event by calling or emailing our office using information below.

Phone: 0161 226 8134


TEAD Project Ends  

The Training & Enjoying Achieving Development Project (TEAD) came to an end on the 31st May 2013. We completed all outcomes for the project. The main event which was held in Manchester City Centre, Albert Square on 16th September 2012 was the most ambitious event MAV 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) and  Tony Lloyd who is now Police Commissioner for Manchester.   The theme Enjoy & Achieve was the start of a yearlong project which supported the educational and emotional wellbeing of our volunteers, young people and vulnerable adults in our community.  The training programme included a new induction package which was offered to all volunteers. Other training undertaken included business support, mentoring self-esteem and personal development.  Over 60 hours of counselling and mentoring was also provided. The project was made possible by the hard work of our volunteers and funding from the BIG Lottery Fund.  MAV are keen to secure more funding to develop a second phase of the TEAD Project in 2013.

Lee Rigby Tribute: Our Heart are with his Family & Friends

MAV was horrified to hear of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, from Manchester.  Rigby’s family said the 25-year-old’s death had a devastating effect on them, but said they were amazed by the worldwide support they had received. MAV understands the value of support for the families of victims of murder from the local and wider community.

In a statement issued through the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the soldier’s family, including mother and stepfather Lyn and Ian, wife Rebecca, and son Jack, said: “We would like to emphasise that Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against others.”

The tribute, which expressed thanks for the “overwhelming” support they had received, came as an inquest into Drummer Rigby’s death was opened and adjourned. During a brief hearing at Southwark Coroner’s Court it was said the 25-year-old had been working at the Tower of London on the day he died. Drummer Rigby was attacked as he returned to his barracks in Woolwich on 22nd May 2013. The family said in a statement;

We would not wish any other families to go through this harrowing experience and appeal to everyone to keep calm and show their respect in a peaceful manner.” His death had a devastating effect on them but said the global support they received had been “truly staggering” and was giving them the strength to carry on. We all loved Lee deeply and we know that he loved us – we all miss him so much.

Drummer Rigby’s violent death was greeted with shock across the country, and particularly in Woolwich where the barracks are an integral part of the area. Barracks Commander Lieutenant Colonel Bob Christopher paid tribute to the 25-year-old, saying the best memorial for the soldier was to make sure his death did not separate the “military family” in Woolwich from the support it received. Drummer Rigby’s fiancée Aimee West has also released a brief tribute to him through Scotland Yard, saying: “I am extremely proud of him and I am moved by all the flowers and tributes, and that he has been remembered by the nation as the great man that he was.”

Manchester Evening New – 31st May 2013

Please Donate to MAV Now! Thank You

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.

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