Throughout the Summer holidays, M13 ran free, twice-weekly Sports and Games sessions in each of Brunswick, Grove Village and Coverdale, for local children aged between 6-12 years. These followed the success of the sessions held during the May half term holiday. Despite mixed weather during both holidays, the children (and workers!) all had lots of fun together.
Throughout the Summer, M13 also ran a weekly holiday club at St Luke's Church for children aged 6-11 years, providing free, fun activities including: cooking, arts and crafts, sports, puzzles, board games and sing-a-longs, culminating in a trip to Gulliver's World. Everyone who came along really enjoyed themselves and can't wait for next year!
Over four Fridays in February four M13 girls took part in Aerial Circus Skills training at 'The Circus House', Longsight. During the training, they learned how to use the trapeze, hoop apparatus and silk ropes. The girls showed real growth in their skills and confidence during the course and have been invited to join with other young people to continue their training with a view to participating in a performance.
M13 was 21 last year! Thanks to funding from the Seedbed Fund, John Grant Davies Trust and Big Lottery Celebrate Fund we were able to run a project, in conjunction with local young people, to capture some of the history of the project and the difference it has made in the lives of past and present local young people. This culminated in a fantastic Community Celebration on Saturday 3 December with curent and past Project participants, staff, friends, supporters and community members enjoying a host of fun activities, Caribbean food, an exhibition of photos and a video of current and past participant's thoughts about M13 all rounded off with a stunning firework display. Check out our MThirteen Youthproject facebook page to see what we got up to.
On 7th September 2016 some of our young people and workers were invited to be audience members for the filming, by The One Show, of a discussion by Akala, the social activist, rapper, poet and writer, on social-political issues that affect the world and to be part of a tribute performance to a very important (and at the time secret!) gospel artist who has a historical link to Manchester. This turned out to be the wonderful Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who, along with legends like Muddy Waters, played a memorable gig at 'Chortonville Station' in Manchester in 1964.
Over the summer, we planned 2 picnics with young people, which we held in Wonderland Park - involving lots of food, games and races. We had over 40 chidlren and adults attending these.
At the beginning of the summer holidays, Brunswick Girls' Group went on a residential trip to the fantastic Shining Cliff Wood. We stayed in the old Youth Hostel, a 10 minute trek into the Wood from the end of the track where we parked. We cooked for ourselves (apart from a meal out together at an Indian Restaurant on the first night), spent a day in the wood learning bushcraft; how to build fires and whilttle wood with our great forest guide, Ian Creswell. That evening we built our own campfire, toasted marhsmallows and sang. The following day, we headed off to the Hollowford Centre for a great day of activities: archery, challenge course and zip wire, and we stopped off on the way home for an obligatory ice cream! Great trip!
Our workers are supporting a number of young people, through Grove Vilage Drop-In, in their aim to achieve the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. As part of this they will be volunteering at M13's Summer Clubs and have been undergoing youth work training in preparation. The Award also requires them to learn or make improvements in a skill, for which they have learned how to computer code, and to take up or improve in a physical activity.