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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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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