Making Children & Young People Matter 2017

MAV Working to Support the Local Community 

Mothers Against Violence (MAV) are back planning for our Annual Event Making Children & Young People Matter. The event will be held on 15th July 2017 in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester from 1pm until 7pm. It is a Free Family fun Day  and this year we will be having Semi-Finalist Michelle John from ITV “The Voice” as our special guest singer. Michelle will share her story at the event supporting MAV’s commitment to none violence. There events key themes will be “I believe the children are the future.”

MAV Hulme Hall Projects 

MAV have completed several activities over the past few months. We have also been busy working with Manchester City Council completing the handover of Hulme Hall. Hulme Hall has been a community resource for more than 14 years. It had been considered for closure by Manchester City Council due to high running cost. The Hall was put out for tender as part of the local authorities bid to engage community groups with managing community resources. MAV completed a successful bid for the management and gained the lease of Hulme Hall.We have worked with the local council  to ensure the Hall remains open and local groups continue to have access to this valuable community resource. Hulme Hall will now be run under a community management lease. MAV have now successfully agreed terms and conditions of the lease which should see us managing Hulme Hall until 2022. Planning for the takeover has taken much longer than we had planned, each stage seemed to bring new challenges. However, we are now coming to the end of the process and we hope that it will all be worth the wait, for the charity and for the many local groups who will use the Hall in the future. We do hope to complete some development work on the Hall.

We are currently looking at funding opportunities to sustain the long-term plans for the Hall, we do hope we can secure funding by January 2018. MAV will provide a low cost venue for community groups in the local area. Bookings for the Hall will be completed online and through the MAV website. We will also take bookings by email and phone. More details will follow. Please feel free to contact us should you be  interested in making a booking. See below for current contact details.

Phone: 0161 226 8134  Email:  

MAV Youth Residential  

MAV completed a residential weekend December 2016. It took place in London with young people from the local community. The weekend included a MAV workshop developed by ACCESS Lead Ian Swanston. The workshop called the Eight Principles of Successful Living focused on the young people working together to achieve a common goal. The aim was to enable delegates to identify key areas in their lives which are impacted by the principles and how to stay in control emotionally if ever facing hostility in the playground or the street . The key objectives were to gain an understanding of the eight principals of successful living and recognize the value of each principle and identify tangible examples of ways in which these can be demonstrated in everyday life. The young people then developed an action plan, aligned to each principle, to build upon the lessons learned at the workshop and strengthen the areas covered by the principles.

The group also completed a theatre trip to see The Lion King in central London. The story of the Lion cub Simba in the story Lion King was a reflective assessment of all Eight Principles talked through in the workshop. The young people found the experience very enjoyable and because of this many felt the weekend was too short and said it needed to be longer. They found the link between the workshop and the theatre trip was very helpful as they could reflect and see examples of the eight principles through the story of Simba in the Lion King story.

Some of the additional feedback given by the children during the evaluation of the residential weekend is highlighted below.

” I liked working with others in the group game activities during the workshops. I learnt something new”  (Micah)

”I loved the hotel and traveling to London, I had never been to see the Lion King so it was all good for me”  (Tequila)

”MAV are really good they help us learn about how to manage our feelings and not be violent to other people” (Taya)       

”I wanted to do it all over again we learnt about keeping the peace. We had good food and good company it was all good, it was just too short”  (Aqua)


MAV are currently working on securing more funding to give opportunities to more young people to attended what seemed to be a very positive experience. All the young people on the residential weekend were experiencing a theatre production for the first time. MAV are keen to give young people in the local community new experiences which will inspire them to seek greater opportunities for themselves. We believe new experiences provide young people with the chance to think about new things they can do in the future. The young people were able to complete a dance during the weekend which was motivated by music from the production of The Lion King. The dance will be preformed at this years Making Children & Young People Annual Event 15th July 2017 in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester. See poster above for more details.

MAV Mentoring, Counselling & Mental Health Support      

There were also workshops held at schools across Manchester. Patsy Mckie shared her story of the loss of her son who was murdered almost 18 years ago. Patsy helped and encouraged young students to think about positives ways they could improve their local communities. MAV’s focus for the past year has been “I Matter U Matter” this was the theme of last year’s Making Children & Young People Event. I Matter U Matter (IMUM) mentored 35 Children and Young People (CYP) living in the inner city of Manchester. IMUM secured funding for 18 months.  Awards for All and the Youth Aspiration Fund were the two funders who supported the project. The funding started in September 2015 and is now coming to an end. The CYP were selected through a referral process which saw high schools and youth offending teams along with MAV’s Making Children & Young People Matter Project select disadvantaged CYP, some of which were not in education, employment or training. These CYP were supported with one to one support such as mentoring, counselling and coaching. The aim of the project was to provide more specialists support for CYP emotionally and mentally.  The IMUM was also keen to look  at how youth are affected by radicalism,  MAV are aware of the local and national rise in young people being radicalised as a result of extremism, the charity has local experience of this issue and has recently been actively engaging with local young people and the Home Office to address some of the issues that are raising national concern. Recently MAV have been invited by the Home Office to be part of the government’s response to this growing concern.

MAV committed part of the IMUM funding to help address mental health issues. MAV has invested in IT development for the counselling service ensuring counselling and mentoring support can be offered online and over the phone. MAV are getting a higher number of counselling support referrals from outside of Manchester. We are now offering counselling support over the phone and using Skype to engage with people in need of support. The A Community Counselling & Emotional Support Services (ACCESS) has reviewed the way it currently provides community based support and has now increased counselling sessions off site. This year more sessions were offered in the community over the phone and online than at the MAV counselling office.  There was a significant reduction in support offered in house or onsite. The review of this will continue until the end of 2017 and ACCESS will bring a report to the MAV management committee for them to make a final decision on how the counselling services will deliver the majority of counselling support in the future.

MAV Encouraged by Royal Promotion   

IMUM have worked with CYP promoting and developing performance skills which include dance, music, poetry and song writing skills. Many of the young people  we have supported over the years will be joining us on 15th July 2017 at the Making Children and Young People Matter Event (details above).  IMUM had 5 key areas in which the project was designed to address. One area is young peoples Mental Health & Wellbeing. MAV was encouraged by the younger members of the Royal Family that were promoting improved mental health with the “The Heads Together” campaign. The Daily Mail reported that a spokesman for William, Kate and Harry said: ‘Through their work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, their royal highnesses have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges. ‘They are passionate about tackling the stigma surrounding the issue. ‘Too often, they have seen that people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. ‘This fear of prejudice and judgment stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. They want to help change the national conversation.’ A spokesman for the three Royals said the three are ‘incredibly grateful to be working with charities who have achieved so much in the fight against the stigma that surrounds the issue’.

Read more below on Daily Mail Website.

MAV Business Development Success    

MAV Trustees completed a review on individuals that benefited from Business Development Education Training Programme (BDETP) in 2016. BDETP helped 4 people returning to the community after being in prison set up their own business. The BDETP helps people with an offending past who find it challenging to get employment when they have left prison and seek alternative ways of ensuring they are able to earn a salary. This reduces the need to returning to criminal activity.  MAV interviewed the beneficiaries  5 -7 months after they had received mentoring support from the BDETP. This gave MAV a clear view of how sustainable the BDETP is in ensuring these young businesses succeed in the first 6 months after being registered. One business established reviewed was based in Liverpool. Craig had his business idea while in prison and accessed the BDETP when he was coming to the end of his sentence. He first met with his BDETP mentor Carl Montlake when he was out on day release. Craig was keen for MAV to share his story as he found the BDETP support was key to him being able to succeed. Craig is the owner of Accra & Faust Diamonds which is a high end watch and jewellery shop in the heart of Liverpool city centre. The idea was formed in prison and Craig started studying while in prison to ensure he was ready to start his plan as soon as he left prison.

Craig said; Having the idea was the start but keeping yourself motivated and the dream alive while you are in prison was the challenge. I found the mentoring support BDETP provided key to my success. Meeting with his MAV mentor who understood the challenges and was willing and able to help me through was absolutely priceless. If it was not for Carl’s knowledge and his understanding of my position it could not have worked for me. BDETP was right there for me when I needed to talk through anything Carl would be there. He took me through a clear programme of support and was a key motivator.  

Craig will be joining us at the Making Children & Young People Matter Event on the 15th July 2017 in Piccadilly Gardens to share his story on stage. We look forwards to welcoming him at the event. Please see poster above.

MAV need your Donations

A MAV Making Children and Young People Matter T-Shirt is available for £6.50. We will also send any online donation made over £50.00 a free T-Shirt. Donation must be made before 15th August 2017 to receive a free T-shirt. T-shirt will be on sale from 1st June 2017. To make an order please contact us using contact details below.  We will be more than happy to reserve a T-shirt  for you. We have sizes in small, medium, Large & Extra Large.

MAV are always looking for opportunities to get the community together to raise funds. We were at our ASDA local supermarket bag packing and raising funds at the end of last year. It was great to have MAV volunteers come out and support the bag packing. We would also like to thank ASDA for their continued support with are fund raising events. MAV will also be collecting funds on the 15th July 2017 at our Making Children and Young People Matter Event.

MAV have also secured further fund from Awards for All for 2017. We are continuing to consider other funders who would support the work we do in our local community.

Should you wish to support the charity then please head to our donation page click on Donate Now button above or if you would like to get in touch then please contact us using MAV contact details below.

Phone: 0161 226 8134


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I Matter U Matter 2016

Doing It Again Just Because You Really Matter!   

Mothers Against Violence are pleased to announce that our 8th Annual Event Making Children & Young People Matter will be held in I Matter U Matter 2016Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre, on Saturday 9th July 2016, from 1pm until 7pm.

Last year over 300 people attended our popular stage show event.  This year we return to Piccadilly Gardens for our 8th successful annual event packed with children’s activities, food and information stalls  where you can see your favourite up-and-coming artists perform on stage.

Making Children and Young People Matter is based on the Every Child Matters outcomes. We aim to support our young people to make positive contributions to society to achieve economic well-being, to enjoy these achievements and to be safe and healthy.

This year’s theme is ‘I MATTER, YOU MATTER’.  It supports children and young people by providing a space for celebrating and showcasing talent in the local community. There will be lots of opportunity for dancing, singing, arts and craft, as well as food stalls, a bouncy castle, children’s entertainment, a sensory bus and much more.

IMUM Banner 2016 Final Copy

Mothers Against Violence is committed to making this year’s event the best ever. Please I Matter U Matter 2016 T-Shirts join us for what will be a great family day of entertainment and celebration! We look forward to seeing you in one of our event T-shirt on 9th July 2016. Please order your t-shirt using our donate link below or making contact using details below. T-shirts are only £6.00 and come in a range of sizes Small, Medium, Large and X Large.

MAV are hopeful for the future. We want to continue doing the work we do supporting local schools, youth offending services, prisons 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.  If you send us Donate Nowa donation using our PayPal link we will send a free t-shirt to the first 10 donation made before the event on 9th July 2016. You must make donation to I Matter U Matter using our donate link below.

Anyone interested in getting involved as a sponsor, artist or volunteer should contact us using information below. Please visit are YouTube promotion link

MCYPME Manchester

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Reflecting on Success Moving Towards Excellence

Good Morning Britain Working Towards Excellence in 2016

MAV were pleased to give their views on the recent figures released showing a growing number of young people being involved in firearms offences.  Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed there were 1,549 arrests of children for suspected crimes involving firearms, air weapons or imitation guns, including 506 charges brought by police. The figures were alarming however Ian Swanston a trustee and counsellor for MAV focused on the fact there is good work going on in local communities.

Ian Swanston MAV Trustee and Counsellor interviewed.

Ian Swanston MAV Trustee and Counsellor interviewed.

Ian said; Manchester inner city communities had seen a decline in the numbers of young people involved in gun related deaths. Often young people are being used by older young adults involved in gangs who are trying to hide weapons. Ian appeared on Good Morning Britain and Sky News, he was also featured in The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers on Tuesday 29th March 2016.

Patsy Mckie took part in thePatsy Mckie founder member of MAV Digital Twitter Debate on the 22nd February 2016 with Labour MP Chuku Umunna. The debate tookTwitter Debate place online 10 days before the House of Commands debate on the 3rd March 2016. The debate was promoted with the twitter hashtag #StopYouthViolence. It was said to be the first debate of its kind just before a House of Commons debate. Chuku Umunna said; It was a fantastic initiative. Gangs and serious youth violence is such an important topic. Patsy was able to raise some key points in the debate, she twitted some of the key focus messages from MAV’s Making Children and Young People Matter project. Patsy was supported with tweets by MAV volunteers. Patsy said; The hour long debate was very productive and it was good to see many of the view shared by MAV are shared by others around the country.

MAV completed a number of successful projects in 2015 MAV are continuing to work with our local community in 2016 developing successful intervention that will better provide support to local young people and their families. This year MAV’s Making Children & Young People Matter (MCYPM) will be established as a Youth Project. All workJessica & Team at Sustainability Workshop with young people will be lead under the direction of the MCYPM. The project will be officially opened in July 2016 at the I Matter U Matter 2016 staged event On the 9th July 2016 in Manchester City Centre. However the project is already underway. Jessica Swanston is the current volunteer lead and she is leading meeting with volunteers to address sustainability and engagement issues. If you are interested in becoming involved with the project please contact Jessica using  the contact details below.

MAV worked with Holy Name Primary School and the African Caribbean Care Group on an intergenerational project which concluded work that developed an understanding of the black contribution to the 1st world war. It also looked at the developing place of art Manchester Art Gallery 1st WWBEC Event 1within communities. A visit to Manchester Art Gallery with young and old local people was a success. One older members of the group said; It was a pleasure to learn from the young people they had so much to offer. It is good to know that MAV are doing such positive work engaging all ages of the community. MAV are keen to have MCYPM engaging young and old people with a number of projects over the next year. MAV are continuing to seek Dance Sculpturefunding which will enable the ideas to move forward. MCYPM were also able to complete an project which provided an opportunity for a group of young people involved in dance to produce a dance sculpture. The sculpture was created using footprints in clay. The young people took part in all aspects of developing the sculpture. The focus on young people learning in different ways is a clear focus. MCYPM is supported with funding from a number of key funders. A group of young people aged between 12 and 16 visited the BBC Media City Salford to understand the opportunities available through the BBC’s apprentice scheme. We also took a group of primary aged children to the Derek Harper Foundries Ltd MAV are  supporting parents who are finding it difficult engaging their young peopleDerek Harper Foundries Visit with education, employment or training opportunities by ensuring we give young people living in the inner cities greater experiences. MCYPM understand that experiences provide knowledge and knowledge gives potential to local young people.  The work we do can not be achieved without volunteer and funding support. MAV are pleased we have secured funding from the Greater Manchester Police Commissioners Youth Aspiration Fund. The funding has already provided young people with opportunities to develop their skills with activities that promote active learning. MAV have successfully managed to combined different funds together so that projects can meet the needs of more young people and still meet the desired outcomes of funders. Last year Lottery Funding was combined with WO Street Foundation Funding to support the start of the I Matter U Matter work with Young People and their relationship with their Fathers. The special project not only provided support for young people with mentoring, counselling and life coaching but also extended to providing support for many dads’ in the community.

The Let’s Involve Fathers Too (LIFT)

LIFT took a group of dad’s away for a weekend to explore the valuable role of fatherhood.LIFT Weekend Workshop The evidenced based Triple P Parenting programme was used as an underpin for the weekend. Fathers were offered Triple P one to one support after the introduction weekend was completed.LIFT Weekend Cake

Ian Swanston lead the weekend and said;  It was a total pleasure to bring fathers together for an all expenses paid weekend in which they looked at their role as fathers. We looked at the challenges fathers face in parenting separated from the mother of their child. We also addressed the challenge of parenting children with behaviour difficulties such as ADHD and Autism. It was good to have the experiences of our guest speaker Stanimir Kolev an interior designer who has experience of work with children with behaviour difficulties sharing his experiences of positive ways to build a productive engaging relationship with all children regardless of needs.LIFT Weekend ActivityLIFT Poster 2015

There was positive feedback from our evaluation after the weekend. The main criticism of the weekend was that two days was just not long enough.

One father said; The weekend made me realise we need to talk more about how we feeling about being dads.  Many problems we have as fathers can be overcome once they are shared.  

The weekend started with a trip to the venue for the weekend which was the Cedar Mount Hotel Huddersfield. We completed the first session which focused on establishing aims and objectives of the weekend. The group were able to share the reason they chose to attend.

LIFT was widely promoted on 3 local radio stations across Greater Manchester many of the attendees said they had heard about the event as a result of the radio advert or interviews which were completed by MAV Founder Patsy Mckie and MAV ACCESS Lead Ian Swanston. After introductions the group explored how to provide a positive learning environment. A series of short Triple P Positive Parenting Films were used to explore the topic. The group also explored the importance of creating a positive learning environment with children and young people. The group looked at Goal Setting & Encouraging Appropriate Behaviours. They then explored the need for realistic expectation for fathers in a changing world. 

The session allowed fathers to set realistic goals for change on their return to family life. The group of dads were also encouraged to actively display appropriate behaviours when dealing with challenging children and young people.  

The final day ended with a visit to Castle Hill Huddersfield. LIFT project will be having a follow up event in May 2016 if you would like to attend then please contact Ian Swanston by phone or email.

Mobile: 07984066771


I Matter U Matter 12th July 2015

Jessica Swanston I Matter U Matter Host 2015

In the summer of 2015 we completed the I Matter U Matter Event. The Making Children and Young People Matter stage event provided another great opportunity for Mothers Against Violence to showcase the positive talents that come out of the inner city and the surrounding areas of Manchester. It is the 6th Year MAV have hosted the event and 2015 was the longest list of artist we accommodated. The 7 hour show was hosted by Volunteer and MAV’s new MCYPM Project Development Lead Jessica Swanston.MAV Stage Show I Matter U Matter 2015 Dancers

Many of the stage acts were preforming for 2nd, 3rd and even 4th year in a row. It was a celebration of the positive creative talent in areas such as Moss Side, Hulme, Longsight which are often only linked and associated with gun crime and anti-social behaviours. MAV are keen to show Greater Manchester the talent that is coming out of the inner city every year.MAV Stage Show I Matter U Matter 2015 B

Many people ask why we invest in young people giving them opportunities like this. There are many reasons one is prevent children and young people from engaging in negative activities which increase anti social behaviours. One such problem promoting anti social behaviours is legal highs. One organisation which attended this years event MCYPM was the charity LIFE SHARE. Mothers Against Violence Trustee Julie Boyle works for LIFE SHARE. In a recent article featured in Quays News.

Julie BoyleJulie Boyle said: “We are in a legal high epidemic, especially amongst the homeless community. “The use of spice is horrendous, it’s the worst thing to have ever hit the homeless community.” Legal highs have been a concern in Manchester after statistics revealed that there has been a 10-fold increase in police call-outs to incidents involving legal highs since 2013. We’ve had incidents where a lad was raped under the influence of legal highs, we’ve also had a 22-year-old man who had a heart attack because of it, “And another man who had second degree heart failure from smoking mamba (a type of legal high) and now he’s on medication for life.” Legal highs contain one or more chemical substances which produce effects similar to illegal drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy. They can be purchased for as little as £5 a gram and Legal Highsare sold in various newsagents and emporiums across Manchester. It’s illegal to sell them for human consumption, so they are marketed as incense, salt or plant food to get around the law and are sold under names such as ‘hipster’, ‘pandoras box’ and ‘mambo’. Then users smoke the substance either in a pipe or rolled in rizla paper. Although these substances are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 they can be more dangerous than illegal drugs. This is because the chemical components in them and their physical and mental side effects are unknown. Even though the ingredients are on the back of the packets the paramedics are unsure of what the chemical compositions of all these ingredients actually are, which makes it incredibly hard for users to be, “If the government manage to ban one type of legal high, then the manufacturers simply change the chemical composition and it goes straight back on the streets and in the shops.

Like Mothers Against Violence, LIFESHARE aims to help vulnerable people in Manchester by offering them advice and guidance, Julie estimates that out of the 120 clients aged 16-25 LIFESHARE have seen regularly 95 per cent of them are using legal highs. Julie  added: “On the enforcement side of it I think that the shops should be doing what they are supposed to be doing and shops found selling it to those smoking it should be closed. The enforcement needs to be tougher. The problem with legal highs are that there’s so much rubbish in it it’s out of control and they are so easy to get hold of.”

MAV were please to have LIFESHARE supporting last years MCYPM Event we hope theyDonate Now can join us for this years event scheduled for July 2016. MCYPM will continue promoting their chosen theme throughout the year. A key focus after the MCYPM City Centre Event will be to engage more young people to MAV Services. MAV are hopeful for the future. We want to continue doing the work we do supporting local schools, youth offending services, prisons 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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I Matter U Matter! Making Children & Young People Matter 2015

Making Children & Young People Matter (MCYPM) 2015

It is that time of year again when Mothers Against Violence (MAV) prepare to host are biggest event of the years. MCYPM Planning Team are currently working with Manchester City Council, GM Police, Fire and Ambulance services to put together a programme of activities which highlight theimportance of children and young peopleacross Greater Manchester.

Patsy Mckie said of the initial MCYPM Event in 2004; “The MCYPM Event was birthed as a result of pain and the increase in a number of young men being murdered in our community. A march was organised to raise awareness and also to address the young men who were causing fear in the community with gang wars. After some consultation with local people MAV felt it was important to work with our local authority and use the “Every Child Matters Framework” to be a guide to what we wanted to achieve. MAV questioned local people and services to young people and children asking “If you believe every child matter, how do you show every child matters?” We felt it was important to do something to show as a group how we will make children and young people matter in our community.

Over the past five years MAV have covered all five of the Every Child Matters outcomes. This year the events theme is simply “I Matter U Matter.” The stage show will host numerous musical talent and artistic acts from young people across Manchester. Some of the confirmed artist include IONE preforming Back in the Day, Napz & Jawz, Sleepz, Kyle Angs, J Chambers, Rzo and J Sky . This free stage show will be the focus of our annual MCYPM celebration. We aim to ensure the key message this year is promoted throughout the day and young people leave the event encouraged to achieve all five of the Every Child Matters Outcome which were introduced by the government  12 years ago for every child cross Great Britain.  It was in 2003 the Government published a Green Paper called Every Child Matters. This was published alongside the formal response to the report into the death of Victoria Climbié, the young girl who was horrifically abused and tortured, and eventually killed by her great aunt and the man with whom they lived. The Green Paper built on plans to strengthen preventative services by focusing on four key themes: Increasing the focus on supporting families and carers – the most critical influence on children’s lives. Ensuring necessary intervention takes place before children reach crisis point and protecting children from falling through the net. Addressing the underlying problems identified inthe reportinto the death of Victoria Climbié – weak accountability and poor integration, ensuring that the people working with children are valued, rewarded and trained. The Green Paper prompted an unprecedented debate about services for children, young people and families. There was a wideconsultation with people working in children’s services, and with parents, children and young people.

To purchase an event T –Shirt “I Matter U Matter.” for only £7 please contact the MAV Office contact details below. Emails:                                                                                                                             Phone: 0161 226 8134

MCYPM’s Let’s Involve Fathers Too (LIFT) Project 

MAV are keen to keep the Every Child Matters key themes for services to young people as part of our agenda for positive change. Each year we secure funding from local and national funders for the MCYPM Event in the city of Manchester. We are pleased to say we are in our six year.  We express a big thank you to our funders for this year which include Heritage Lottery Fund, Youth Aspiration Fund, William Openshaw Street Trust  and Awards for All.  Awards for All are MAV’s longest serving funders supporting the charity for the last 5 years. This year Awards for All is supporting MAV’s ACCESS Project which support the mental health of local people through counselling.  ACCESS Project will look at how Fathers are supported to ensuring their role in family life is met and valued. On Father’s Day (21st June 2015) MAV  open registration  for a new intervention which is called Let’s Involve Fathers Too (LIFT). LIFT will start with a weekend residential at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield on 29th August 2015. The weekend will include support for fathers and will introduce the five principles of the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme which is an evidenced based parenting support intervention.  A recent study of Triple P showed five years after first introducing Triple P, the county of Santa Cruz hasclear evidence of the programme’s success – particularlywith fathers, Latino families and other hard-to-reach groups.  The Santa Cruz County Triple P coordinator Nicole Young manages the Triple P rollout for First 5 Santa Cruz – a child-advocacy organisation that invests in programmes to improve the lives of children with the Santa CruzCounty Children’s Mental Health Department and the Santa Cruz County Child Welfare Department.

Nicole said; “detailed records had been kept from the outset of the original pilot Triple P programme in order to track progress. Now, the results collected show marked improvements. These can be seen throughout the population in general, but also in typically hard-to-reach groups such as males, Spanish-speakers and Latino participants. Parents have said they found Triple P very helpful and they learned things like how to be more patient, or how to talk to their children, how to give descriptive praise, and create routines, and how to let their teens be involved in making decisions.”

The LIFT weekend will also provide an opportunity for local dadsto develop volunteer andcommunity roles intheir local community. It will continue with an 8 weeksupporting fathers parenting group in Manchester in September 2015. The 8 week programme is open to fathers who attended the weekend and will be open to new groupmembers.

Ian Swanston said; “It has been a pleasure working  with young people in school and addressing older people leading up to black history month celebrations in October 2014. I have spent a lot of time completing the 1st World War a Black Contribution Project which was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and has successfully engaged with 165 people from age 10 -92.  I completed presentations at Levenshulme Inspire, Holy Name Primary, African Caribbean Care Group and Barbados Overseas Nurses Association.  As this project comes to an end in July 2015 with a Walter Tull photograph tribute and memorial, I am excited to turn my attention to the LIFT support programme for local fathers.  As a father myself I know the role can sometimes be very challenging and there are times I don’t always know what’s best.  The thought of being able to have evidenced based support to manage such challenging issues is encouraging to me. Equally encouraging is the knowledge that I am not alone and there are other fathers’ who have similar experiences. I hope the LIFT project will enable local dad’s to come together and find support that enables better long-term outcomes for children and young people.”  

The 1st World War a Black Contribution Project will be reviewed in full in November 2015 and aspects of the review will appear on the MAV website. 

The LIFT Weekend is free. If you are a father of a child 0 -16 who would like to explore your role with other fathers please don’t hesitate in making contact. There are limited places on the LIFT Project.  Please make contact soon. Travel to and from the event can also be arranged free of charge to participants.  For more information contact details are below.

Mobile phone: 07984066771


Guns, Gangs and Knives Conference 

19th May 2015 London

The Next Steps in Tackling Serious Youth Violence

Two memebrs of the MAV Management Committee attended the Guns, Knives & Gang conference in London.  Gang and Youth Violence has blighted some of our communities for years. There is widespread consensus that much more must be done to tackle serious youth crime in the UK, addressing the root causes of gang and street weapon culture and reaching out to young people to challenge destructive attitudes and behaviours. Ending Gang and Youth Violence: A Cross Government Report (November 2011). Focusing on five areas; prevention; pathways out; punishment; partnership working andproviding support, the strategy stressed that every agency must play its role in identifying children or young people at risk of involvement in gang crime and take robust, coordinated action to turn their life around. In October 2014, the Ending Gang and Youth Violenceprogramme wasexpanded to a further 10 areas, meaning a total of 43 local authorities are now engaged in the programme.

In June 2014, the Government released the ‘Ending Gang and Youth Violence: Community Engagement’ report which highlighted key principles for successful community engagement and reinforced that ending youth violence requires an end-to-end approach, from prevention to rehabilitation, from a range of statutory and non-statutory partners, the local community, public agencies and businesses. This special symposium offers an invaluable opportunity forpractitioners across the police service, education, health andthird sector to examine the Government’s strategies to tackle serious youth crime, share best practice and consider the next steps in confronting gang culture in order to significantly reduce the level of violence on our streets.  MAV were pleased to be able to send two members of themanagement committee to the event.

MAV Trustee Vide Swanston said; “It was good to hear one the speakers. Cherie Johnson, s Chief Executive of Shared Intense Support talk about the need to understand the language of young people. She said it is important that adults work at engaging with young people at their level. This will mean being able to understand how young people communicate. It is not about us trying to be young but it is more about us trying to show we are able to relate and understand. This then builds trust and young people will then feel more able to share their concerns and worries. Once they do we can then use are experience to help and support then through their issues and concern.  

European Conference on Countering Violent Extremism

 4th June 2015 Oslo, Norway

MAV were delighted to be invited to the European Conference on Countering Violent Extremism, organised by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue with the support of the Norwegian Government. The conference aimed to bring together activists, thinkers and practitioners to learn about different initiatives across Europe and to build a network ofactivists countering violent extremism.  MAV were sponsored bythe event organisers toattend. Two members of the team attended, one management  member and a volunteer. MAV attended day one of the conference which included services from many differentbackgrounds, religions and sectors within civil society, all with various levels of activism.Some participants work to buildcohesion and unity within their communities, whileothers work to directly counter extremism and violent extremistideologies. Whetherworking as individuals or within groups, in local or national spheres, this diversity reflects the many different concerns within civil society and helps to develop agreater understanding of the problemsfaced and possible solutions we can work towards collectively. There was also a range of innovators and creators from companies like Facebook and Google who joined the event to help teach about countering online extremism and how to stay networked across Europe in our efforts.

Jessica a volunteer who attended the Conference on Countering Violent Extremism said; “It was great to attend the event in Oslo. On my return I felt it was important to see how best I could feedback my learning to others in the charity. I could not help but think there was so much we could do to engage our volunteers. I feel MAV need to have more contacts with volunteers enabling volunteers to make more of a contribution and engage more effectively.  I am please this is something that has been highlighted as a need through the process of gaining our PQASSO quality standard. One of the key issues at the event was how we could be more effective with social media. We were encouraged to help engage young people in positive ways to do positive activities that strengthen communities online as positive engagement could reduce opportunities to engage in negative extremist behaviours. ”

The Goals for Day One of the Conference was allowing the voicesof civil society activists to be heard by policy-makers and politicians across Europe. Secondly to provide a space for civil society participants from across Europe to converse with one another and explore different initiatives taking place to create community cohesion and counter extremism. Finally to build a sustainable network for participants online to stay connected online.

MAV are hopeful for the future. We want to continue doing the work we do supporting local schools, youth offending services, prisons 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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