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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New Year! New Home! New Hope!

 Welcome to Our New Home

Mothers Against Violence (MAV) hope you have had a positive start to the New Year. MAV have started the New Year fully operational in our new office space at the Claremont Resource Centre, Rolls Crescent, Hulme, Manchester.  We have now updated our address information on the website and on all marketing and publication materials.

Our new home is a shared building in which we have three office spaces. The office space is situated on the first floor of the Claremont Centre. We have split working areas into three areas. The first office is our Main Office and has a computer station section which will be used for educational and training for young people. We are due to complete some computer and website development training over the next few months for some of our volunteers.  

The second office is the Management Office and will be used for finance and MAV business. The third office is our Development Office we will use this space for all one to one support services which includes counselling and mentoring, there is also space for small group meetings.  The Development Office will also be the home of the website and management of  our social networking.

The other rooms such as the meeting room, kitchen and toilets are all shared with the  Manchester City Council services who also use the building.  We will also have easy access to the Hulme Community Hall which is also linked to the centre.  The move is a result of cutting cost for the service. We do feel sharing the cost of office space will enable us to spend more money on the delivery of much needed work in our community.

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.

MAV’s Welcomes Justice Secretary Views

One of the programmes that has continued to grow from strengths to strength over the past 10 months is the Road Map to Business Development Project (RMBD) headed by Carl Montlake. Carl like many of MAV volunteers has taken his difficult personal experiences and used the difficulties to inspire and support others. He has currently supported over 30 ex-offenders in developing their own business ideas.

The RMBD service has trained and mentored ex-offenders giving them better life chances on their release from prison. Many of the trainees have already registered their business which range from car washing services to hairdressing services. This is very positive news for MAV and we are thankful for the funding support the Allen Lane Foundation has given us in order to get the project off the ground. We are also greatful for the referrals from probations services.  MAV are also encouraged by the news that the government are keen to put support for ex-offenders in the community allowing services like MAV to support and provide care for those coming out of prison. MAV have longed believed that every prisoner released in England and Wales should have a community mentor to help get his or her life back on track.

BBC news recently reported that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling  plans would be co-ordinated by private and voluntary sector groups. These groups would be paid if re-offending was reduced. Mentors would help with finding housing and training opportunities.

Almost half of adult prisoners are re-convicted within a year of release and, like his predecessor Ken Clarke, Mr Grayling has made tackling reoffending a priority as justice secretary.

In his speech on 20th November 2012 Mr Grayling said he would be expanding the government’s use of payment-by-results to organisations which delivered cuts in reoffending. Only those who are jailed for more than a year are currently provided with opportunities to join rehabilitation programmes. The government says it wants all but the highest-risk prisoners to be in programmes by the end of 2015.

Mr Grayling said: “When all we do is just take those people, release them onto the streets with £46 in their pockets and no other support, why are we surprised that they reoffend again quickly?” Whether you are the hardest of hard-liners on crime, or the most liberal observer, every single one of us has a vested interest in an enlightened approach to reducing reoffending. We can’t just keep recycling people round and round the system.”

MAV are keen to continue supporting ex-offenders and we believe it is key to developing a safer community which provides positive role models for the younger generation to see and be inspired by. 

MAV ACCESS Project  Welcomes Change

A Community Counselling & Emotional Support Service (ACCESS) is aware of the growing interest in counselling in schools across the UK, driven by an increasing awareness of the role that schools can play in helping to promote emotional health for children and young people and by addressing mental health issues, including psychological and behavioural problems. This is particularly important in terms of the heavy pressure that other, valuable, children’s services are under and the long waiting lists often found in social services, educational psychology, special education and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Ian Swanston has worked for a local authority service for over four years. He provides support for parents. Ian said; “In late 2009 I became aware of the growing need for counselling within children’s and young people’s services.  I worked for a local authority as a parenting worker, many of the parents that were referred to the service also had additional needs. Some of these needs would have be better met by counsellors.  Many of these parents wanted additional support such as counselling given to their children, others identified they also needed counselling support. Often when I made a referral to the local authority counselling service, the demand was so great many of my families would have to wait for months before being seen,  private counselling was considered too costly for local council budgets. With gun crime on a decline since 2008 in the inner city of Manchester, MAV’s referrals for support for victims was at a welcome low.  I saw an opportunity to link the service run by MAV a charitable organisation, with the local authority service who were inundated with referrals from parents who felt the need  for therapeutic expressive interventions, for themselves or members of their family. 

After consultation with MAV management and the local authority counselling team manager, I offered my volunteering hours as a qualified counsellor to the local authority, reducing my hours of counselling for MAV. In return the local authority provided me with free supervision for all my client work, this including the counselling I completed for MAV.  This saved money for MAV who had previously covered the cost of my volunteer supervision. It also helped the local authority reduce the waiting time on their client waiting list. Both services benefited.  I was then able to continue providing counselling for those that needed it.  I now provide support for children and young people who may not have experienced gun crime but had experienced family breakdown as a result of divorce, sudden death, sickness and other family difficulties.  Many of these experiences result in the children displaying difficult behaviours at home and school.”

The Welsh Assembly Government 2007 funded research project which aimed to evaluate counselling in schools across the UK and then make recommendations for developing counselling services for children and young people. This research process involved desk research, a survey of schools and educational agencies in Wales and consultation with a wide group of stakeholders including teachers, counsellors, parents and young people as well as professionals involved in the planning and delivery of mental health services for children and young people. Their engagement with the research helped shape the results, thus facilitating ownership of the project findings, which is important for future service development and delivery.

The research process enabled the team to identify standards of practice and the frameworks needed to deliver high quality and sustainable services. Data were synthesised to develop evidence based recommendations for schools in Wales.

The recommendations are that school counselling services should: 

  • Have sustainable funding
  • Employ professionally qualified counsellors who have experience of working with  young  people,  who  access  appropriate  clinical  supervision  with  experienced  supervisors,  and  who  take  part  in  regular,  relevant  continuing professional development
  • Deliver  accessible  counselling  in  an  appropriately  private  but  safe  setting within the school vicinity
  • Be  seen  as non  stigmatising by  the  school  community  and  a normal part of school provision, which is integrated into the school community
  • Be  monitored  and  evaluated  by  individuals  or  an  agency  (in  or  out  of  the school) with experience in this specialised area of work
  • Pay  due  regard  to  current  legislation  and  guidance,  and  offer  confidentiality within usual ethical and safeguarding limits
  • Respond  flexibly  to  local  needs  in  respect  of  diversity  (e.g.,  language)  and practicality (e.g., availability during holiday periods)
  • Work with  and  alongside  other  services  and  agencies  in  a  collegial manner, whilst maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality
  • Employ  counsellors  who  are members  of  a  professional  body  and  as  such have an established ethical framework and complaints procedure
  • Employ counsellors  whose  personal  qualities  will  mean  that  they  are    approachable,  have  good  listening  skills  and  a  manner  that encourages  a climate for safe and trusting relationships

MAV are currently looking at ways in which they can engage with local schools in the area to offer counselling support directly.  MAV are aware of the great improvements in many schools which have developed their mental health support for pupils over the last few years.  MAV are also aware of the need for schools to fund this out of school budgets and often mental health needs take second place to educational attainment. Many schools are under pressure to improve academic success at the cost of mental stability. MAV are keen to help schools who are struggling to get the right balance. We want to offer those schools students who are failing to meet targets due to personal family issues such as bereavement, parent separation, long-term illness, peer pressure and other difficult issues faced by children and young people a place to explore these issues. We want to pay particular attention to high school children as our own research of the issues  show there is more support in the primary age group with services such as A Place to Be having a positive impact on primary schools in the inner city of Manchester.  


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Another Year Ending!


4th Million Mothers Milling Event (4MMM)

The last three months have been very busy for Mothers Against Violence.  We are pleased that the 4MMM Event was the most ambitious we 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).  MP Tony Lloyd also supported the event.  Each speaker kept the event on point and in focus.  MAV Volunteer Tommy Riley hosted the event.          

This year’s theme Enjoy & Achieve is the start of a yearlong project which will support the educational and emotional wellbeing of our volunteers and many young people in our community.  Training which includes a new induction package for new and long-term volunteers. Other training will include  business support, mentoring self-esteem development and much more.  The programme is due to end in June 2013 after a residential weekend for young men of high school age is completed.  MAV are keen to secure more funding to meet the needs of more young people.  The 4MMM Committee would like to thank all the people who made the 4MMM a success.

PC Nicola Hughes & PC Fiona Bone  

Manchester Evening New ran a story in July which talked about the Shooters and reflected on killers and those lives which have been lost through gun violence since 2000.  MAV  work in the local community to support families impacted by gun violence. We also help educate young people and those working with young people about the impact of gun and knife crime.  This year MAV have delivered over 18 sessions to schools across Greater Manchester reaching over 180 children. 

The Manchester Evening New article named some of those young men who have been killed as a result of gun crime.  At the 4MMM MAV acknowledged the many families in Manchester who have experienced such lost.  MAV have an understanding of such loss.  Many of our members have faced the pain and grief of murder.  Many have also come through it and found peace. 

Sadly two days after the 4MMM Event two unarmed female police officers were killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester, which led to the arrest of a wanted man.  PC Nicola Hughes, 23, and PC Fiona Bone, 32, were called to Abbey Gardens in Mottram to investigate what turned out to be a false report of a burglary.  Police said it appeared they had been deliberately “drawn” to the scene.

Dale Cregan, 29, was arrested in connection with the officers’ deaths and two previous murders. He was detained when he walked into Hyde police station a short time after the incident.  Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: someone had made a call alleging a burglary had been committed and when the officers arrived they were attacked with a gun and a grenade.

He said: “We believe he has made the call, or somebody else has made the call, and it would appear for the purposes of drawing these two officers to that particular scene, and then he has come out and shot and killed them both.

A witness at the scene in Tameside reported hearing 13 gunshots and an explosion shortly before 11:00am MAV would like to pay tribute to the good work of the police in Greater Manchester.  We also pay tribute to PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone and their Loved Ones and Friends.  We have an understand of your grief. 

News from Birley Street Office

On 14th October 2012 a stolen car was driven into the MAV Birley Street Office.  Thankfully there was no one in the office at the time and according to police there was no serious injury to those in the car or anyone outside the car.  The cost of damage to the building is not yet known.  MAV are unable to use the downstairs area of the rented office space.  We have also lost access to the building from the front door.  MAV has estimated losses at around £5,500.  The incident was shocking and we were out of action for some time after the incident.  However MAV wish to thank those who supported us with the clean-up, especially those from probation services.  MAV are due to be operating from our new location from Monday 26th November 2012.  The move was planned long before the accident and MAV will be sad to leave 53 Birley Street however we take many happy memories with us.

And Finally! Time to Fundraise

MAV will be completing two fund raising collections in November and December both fundraisers will be supported by students from The University of Manchester.  You can also support us by giving through our online service which can be accessed using the link below.  Please also come and support us in November and December. Make donations at the Asda Hulme collection on Monday 26th November 2012 or on Thursday 6th December 2012 at our collection points in the City Centre Manchester Albert Square. Please see dates and times for the collections events below.

26th November 2012 at Asda Hulme 11am – 7pm

6th December 2012 at Manchester Albert Square 11am – 9pm

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.

We hope you have an Enjoyable Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

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Our Mission – 4th Million Mothers Milling Event

Million Mothers Milling  2012!

There is no release 2B found in bloodshed or violence – we R Mothers Against Violence please, lets have some silence of all the lives lost and the cost 2 humanity of all this insanity crimes against ur fellow man or women R inhuman I’m assuming U know bout R children 2 they’re dying every day in front of U. Lets pray that no more lives B lost 2 guns and knives – lets please save lives..

Bloodshed and violence leave a silence that can’t B filled…a child’s room empty & bare. Please, hear a mothers prayer ‘My child was killed & it just aint fair, I’m totally without hope but does anyone care? All I do is ask God why? My baby was 2 young 2 die! An empty space a much loved face engraved in her heart but another & child were torn apart by a bullet from a gun… A witness watched the killer run from the scene of violence & afterwards there was silence (that can’t B filled cos a child has been killed).

A families tears, friends grief stricken messages of condolence written 4 a life that can’t B brought back – a child killed by a gun or knife attack …an innocent caught in a  world of hate – Stop the violence b4 its 2 late – Stop the hate – Drop ur guns now & run 2 the light that make u wanna fight 4 a better life 4u, ur family & ur children 2, u know what u have 2 do – No more guns or knives.


Author: Rachel Wright  from Mothers Against Violence

Enjoy & Achieve 

The working committee of the 4th Million Mothers Milling Event would like to announce the key messages for 2012 Event.

Our First Message is for Parents from your Child. 

Dear Parents,

Don’t spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not have all I ask for, I’m only testing you. Don’t be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It makes me feel more secure. Don’t make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me act stupidly ‘big’.

Don’t correct me in front of people if you can help it. I’ll take much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private Don’t make me feel my mistakes are sins. It upsets my sense of value Don’t be too upset when I say “I hate you”. It isn’t you I hate but your power to thwart me Don’t nag. If you do I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf. Don’t tax my honesty too much. I am easily frightened into telling lies. Don’t be inconsistent. That completely confuses me and makes me lose faith in you. Don’t put me off when I start asking questions. If you do I will find I stop asking questions and seek information elsewhere.

Don’t tell me my fears are silly. They are terribly real and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand. Don’t ever think its beneath your dignity to apologise to me. An honest apology makes me feel quite warm towards you. Don’t forget I love experimenting. I couldn’t get on without it, so please try to put up with it. Don’t forget how quickly I am growing up. It must be very difficult for you to keep up with me, but please try.

Don’t forget that I can’t thrive without lots of understanding love but I don’t have to tell you that do I?

Our Second Message to our Community:

Children Learn What They Live. If a child lives with criticism, she learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If a child lives with ridicule, she learns to be shy. If a child lives with tolerance, she learns to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence. If a child lives with praise, she learns to appreciate. If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice. If a child lives with security, she learns to have faith. If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself. If a child lives with acceptance, and friendship, he or she learns to find love in the world.

Donate To Mothers Against Violence  

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.

Something for you to download and keep from Million Mothers Milling 2012 

Every Child Needs To Hear

We look forward to seeing you at the 4th Millon Mothers Milling Event for more information see post below.    


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