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Female Focus Peer Mentoring

Posted on: July 8th, 2015

Manchester Active Voices is a Youth Empowerment Programme providing Mentoring support to young Females within Greater Manchester.

Using a solution-focused approach we raise the awareness of emerging issues that impact young Females.


Commissioned by the Department of Education (DFE) the Female Focus Peer Mentoring Project is a free bespoke programme tailored for young girls aged between 11 and 18, providing support for young females at risk of exploitation within Greater Manchester.

This approach provides an opportunity to reduce exploitive related abuse thereby getting the “first response right”.

The Female Focus Peer mentoring offers a safe environment for mentees to explore their experiences, ideas and deepen participants’ self awareness and self development. Our Peer Mentors are able to unlock barriers of engagement for vulnerable young girls by drawing on a range of life experiences and working within a bespoke mentor model.

To further discuss our programme and see whether our service would be beneficial for you contact us on 0161 227 1126 or 07779 950472

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MBE for Stretford woman who fought 1990s Manchester gun crime

Posted on: June 17th, 2015


A STRETFORD woman who galvanised communities against gang culture in the wake of Manchester’s gun crime epidemic has been given Royal recognition.

Angela Jean Lawrence, who receives the MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, said she ‘cried with joy’ after receiving her letter from Clarence House.

Through ground breaking awareness campaigns, the 50-year-old spearheaded community resilience that helped turn the tide against a surge in gang-related deaths, which saw the city dubbed ‘Gunchester’ in the 1990s.



Angela Lawrence is awarded an M.B.E

Posted on: June 17th, 2015

Angela Lawrence was at the forefront of the Moss Side community’s response to escalating gun crime in the 1990s.

After several young men and women lost their lives as a result of gang warfare in the area she decided to help set up campaign group Mother’s Against Violence 10 years ago.


Minister praises mentoring project that helps girls as young as 13 to steer clear of Manchester’s gangs

Posted on: October 21st, 2014


To find out more about the Ministerial visit, click here:


I Define Me

Posted on: August 11th, 2014



A group of young people at Manchester Active Voices have been involved in creating and producing a film named ‘I Define Me’ ,  which explores girls and exploitation within gangs.  The film was made as part of a  nationwide project named “One of The Gang?” in which four groups of film-makers, from eight different youth projects in England were involved.

The aim of the project was to inform other young people, professionals and policy makers about issues that young people face when they are involved in gangs. Confidentiality and ethical issues were explored with the young people throughout the film making process. The young film-makers were given control over the process and content of their films, and were actively involved in the editing process which consisted of one week of intensive work.

Background to the film-making.

In September 2011. The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking at the University of Bertfordshire was commissioned by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) for England to undertake a two-year research project inro the issue of gang associated sexual violence and exploitation.

The research involved interviews and focus groups with 188 young people aged 14-28 across England. The final report was published in November 2013 and can be viewed at:

The films were made due to the research team receiving additional funding  from Comic Relief, Children in Need and The Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

10 Young People now Trained as Peer Mentors & Peer Educators

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011

September 2011 saw 10 young people embarke on a  3 month training programme with Manchester Active Voices to become Level 2 qualified Peer Mentors & Peer Educators.

All participants were trained in issues surrounding effective mentoring and good practice, facilitation planning, delivery techniques and safeguarding.

All 10 have now completed their training.

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“From the course I gained knowledge on how to effectively mentor and record my sessions, I also gained confidence in instructing a group and sharing my experience with them. I am now working as a Mentor thanks to this course and would strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to become a mentor.”




“The course has really helped me learn and shown me what I could do, the six weeks made me a different person and the organisation was good, the staff and the support was very good and professional.”




“The experience that I had here was like no other, its been good and I met a lot of new people and improved my team work, the qualification will help me to get a job.”




Welcome to our new website!

Posted on: November 1st, 2011

We have been working alongside our Manchester design friends at Seabrook Associates to help create us a new website. Please take a look around, and we hope to bring you some updates shortly as to what is going on here at Manchester Active Voices.