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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MAV Extending Support with Open Arms

MAV Eritrean Community Support  

MAV are continuing to develop links supporting the Eritrean Community in our local area. Sincee October 2012 the Educational Leaning Zone which had once operating from our Birley Street office was out of action. This was due to a serious accident when a stolen car was driven through MAV office wall. There was no serious injury to anyone however our main office was out of action. This impacted on the Educational Learning Zone which provided support for the additional leaning needs of Eritrean children. The additional support is provided by Eritrean support staff and consists of homework and educational support and IT skills.  The support was all given at MAV office space. The Computer Learning Zone had 4 computers available for students to use. After the accident the area was no longer considered an appropriate learning area and there were a number of safety issues. This was very disappointing for the staff and children.  Sadly no other venue was found for the group to continue having the Saturday School so it was closed.

Since January 2013 we have been working towards relocating the Saturday School to our new office space in the Claremont Resource Centre. We are pleased that on 2nd March 2013 the Saturday school re-opened. The Saturday School will now run from our new office space.  The aim is continue helping Eritrean children with school homework and improve outcomes for their long-term educational achievement. MAV are also keen to develop how we do this over the next year. We hope to take the learning outside the Learning Zone. This will allow the young people to have educational trips learning about the local heritage of Manchester.  MAV are extremely proud of the Education Learning Zone and we hope to see it move from strength to strength in the future.  All children have to be registered for the sessions. Should you want more information please contact the MAV Office.

Support for Compassion UK    

Mothers Against Violence spent the last year sponsoring a child with the Charity Compassion UK.  Compassion is an international Christian child development and child advocacy ministry. Partnering with local churches, they are committed to the spiritual, economic, social andphysical development of children living in extreme poverty in 26 countries, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled adults.

Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled adults. Compassion is a faith-centred organisation. As such, they value: Integrity, Excellence, Stewardship and Dignity. Changing lives goes beyond changing external circumstances. Compassion’s ministry is focused on the individual child and his or her development. By working holistically with individual children to address their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs, they present every child with an opportunity to become fulfilled adults.

What happens in the life of a child ripples throughout their environment now and in the future. Compassion like MAV believe that changed environments may assist children, but transformed children will inevitably change their environments. MAV were encouraged by the work and passion of Compassion UK and we felt it was important for us to be an example to our young people and our local community by investing a small part of the money we raised throughout 2011 – 2012.  MAV primary concern is our local community. However MAV also want our community to share in our vision to heal our world from poverty wherever it is found.  Over a one year period MAV gave £252.00 to a young boy called Avjit.  Avjit is now six years old. Our support for Avjit has now come to an end. However one of our volunteers has made a commitment to continue to support Avjit from their own personal finances. This is good news for MAV we were only able to commit to this support for a limited time due to us being a charity that supports our local community. We are encouraged that we have awakened an understanding in our volunteers that when we extended what resources we have to the larger community, which is our world, we empower ourselves even more.  We wish Avjit and his family continued success. We also acknowledge the magnificent work Compassion UK and other charities like Compassion, from faith and non-faith programmes are doing throughout our world. If you would like more information on Sponsoring a child with Compassion UK please click on the sponsor a child link above.

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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