Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:06 by Emily Wade
We can confirm that our first MADFUNDAY event went down a success!
Just under 100 young people registered and got involved on the day...
Activities included a 5-A-Side football tournament, Tennis, Pana Football, Workshops with Umbrella Sexual Health and Music/DJ by DEEJAY RJ.
A few quotes from the day...
I think today has been a positive, there's been no trouble, all the young people have got on. We've had lots of different kids from different areas, different postcodes, coming together, working together, for the MAD project... and that's what it's all about 'Making A Difference' bringing people together, and changing people' mindset.
Leon, Youth Engagement Officer for MAD Birmingham
If you go to MAD, they give you extra stuff to do so every half term we go to MAD
I liked the atmosphere, like everyone was together and stuff like that
To see our MADFUNDAY all in action, watch our YouTube video below!
Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:46 by Emily Wade
On Tuesday 15th January at Nechells, our Digital Marketing Apprentice, Emily, interviewed a few of the kids at the session that is held at Nechells Wellbeing centre every Tuesday!
Listen to our small talk about the MAD project and find out more about the kids who come along to our Tuesday session at Nechells...
Sessions are FREE and the vibe is great! Video below...
Posted: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:59 by Emily Wade
We understand we need a little bit of you in our foods, but why do you have to be in our drinks too!
In just one can of regular coke for example, there's 11 grams of YOU :(
We all know how hard it is to make the decision what drink to have when there's so many sugar bubbles on our local shop shelves... but in all seriousness, people are finding it hard to break the relationship with you sugar!
Where can we start?
Here's a link for you to have a read if you are looking to cut down your sugar intake..
Please reach after you've read my blog post first of course :)
(And if you do read it, I promise I won't tell Sugar you have considered replacing it!)
Less sugar = Less risk of medical issues
Some of the main related medical issues to high levels sugar consumption are:
- High blood pressure
- Tooth Decay
- Increase risk of heart disease
- Decrease concentration
- Weight gain
Weight gain is the one particularly in discussion at the moment with it being National Obesity Awareness week.
In Birmingham, we are seeing figures of adult obesity at 26%, and child obesity at 24% , these children being year 6 students, and therefore only 11 years olds!
Could sugar be playing a huge part in these percentages?
At MAD Birmingham, we actually work with children as young as 11 years old!
Our team believe in keeping our young people active and healthy through all the weekly activities we deliver and the food and drinks we can provide during the holidays. (With special thanks to Fit & Fed and Bernardos).
If you would like to register your child onto our programme, please contact us by email: email@example.com
So my final note to you Sugar would be, thank you, but we are so ready to replace you, next!
*All figures above have come from the online website resources. They can be sent to you on request.
Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:38 by Emily Wade
There is just not one word we could use to describe MAD. But in a few paragraphs, this is what MAD is all about…
MAD stands for Make a Difference.
It is a Youth Engagement Programme which uses activities, such as sport, to tackle social issues.
Our programme is about putting the young people first and presenting them with an opportunity to shape their future and the direction of the project.
Watch MAD in action on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqojUnnITQU&t=2s
(Subscribe whilst you are there too!)
Our Main Highlights of 2018 have been:
- 400 young people accessed the Summer/Autumn programme
- The MAD team expanded from 3 to 8 this year. This includes taking on a Digital Marketing Apprentice, a new Youth Engagement Officer for Stechford, two Youth Engagement assistants and a Coach Core apprentice.
- Holiday activities in the half term weeks have been in collaboration with Fit & Fed, with over 3,500 meals provided to young people during the holiday period as part of 'Holiday Hunger'
- We collaborated with Bernardo's and the Holiday kitchen programme to give free food to our kids during the holidays at the Nechells sessions.
- There was 20 hours of outreach work in South Birmingham, resulting in a new youth club to be set-up in Bartley Green. Read more here: https://www.sportbirmingham.org/mad-blog/2018/10/summer-in-the-south
- The music sessions have been really popular with the young people, whom have been able to express themselves through the mic, creating their own beats as well as some being involved in radio adverts for the programme
- 1:1 mentoring in 2 schools and 3 hub sites with over 30 young people
- Key deliverers: COB Wheelchair Basketball, Lorrell Dance, Youth to Legend Fencing and Birmingham Playcare Network
- The 'MADFam' volunteer programme has started, with over 20 new volunteers involved
What will 2019 bring?
The plans for MAD in 2019 are endless. There will be surprises throughout the year so keep an eye out across our social media pages…
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/madbirmingham/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MadBirmingham
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/madbirmingham/
Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:55 by Emily Wade
Everyone has their own story to tell...
This week we have asked Jordanne, 16, a few questions in Q&A style on her experience with the MAD project.
How did you find out about MAD Birmingham?
Through my friends at school
What does MAD Birmingham offer for you?
A safe environment to hang out and just a place to just chill and have fun.
What is your favourite part about the sessions?
The activities such as the music and sports with everyone
Why would you recommend MAD?
Because the leaders are great and understand the current youth compared to teachers or a parent
How has MAD helped you develop your skills?
It's made me feel part of a team and like someone cares about me and also being social able and talking to others
Has your self-confidence improved since being at MAD?
Yes it has, it has made me feel more confident and motivated to speak to different people.
If you would like to hear more on how you can get involved with the MAD project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:28 by Emily Wade
The MAD team touched down in the South of Birmingham this Summer of 2018...
Bartley Green. Quinton. Longbridge.
With a range of pop-up activities and games for the youth, it brought them together in their communities to get involved and play!
The results were very rewarding.
"I don't know what I would off done over the summer without you guys I haven't got money to take the kids anywhere so you guys have been a god send."
Quote from parent
The maximum number of kids on any one day was 29 attendances. Over the summer of an 8 week period, and 6 hours per week, a total of 157 attendances.
"We need your team to come here every week."
Quote from parent
The maximum number of kids on any one day was 9 attendances. Over the summer of an 8 week period, and 4 hours per week, a total of 27 attendances.
"This is brilliant about time stuff happens for the kids there nothing for them to do."
Quote from parent
The maximum number of kids on any one day was 20 attendances. Over the summer of a 12 week period, and 4 hours per week, a total of 186 attendances.
With special thank you to our partners and funders, we could not have done this without you!
Partners: WMP/LOCAL COUNCILORS /BCPN
Funders: Active Citizens
Posted: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:56 by Emily Wade
FITCAP are a non-profitable organisation based in Birmingham that aim to bring joy into children's life through sports and play.
MAD Birmingham are partnered with FITCAP in the East of Birmingham.
FITCAP encourages positivity in children's life which then reduces the negative struggles that young people face in the community such as homelessness, poverty, abuse, and crime.
Anti-social behaviour is the highest recorded crime in Birmingham currently. FITCAP are helping the young people of the community become more socially active and engaged reducing these problems.
The most beneficial and important part of FITCAP is the love and care they have for their young people.
An eleven month baby named Bunny, who's sister had previously attended FITCAP, unfortunately passed away.
Sadly, the family could not afford to pay for a headstone and were devastated.
FITCAP and the community came together and arranged for a fundraising event. This event took place 8th July 2018 and involved a friendly football match and a fair.
Dean Prentice, Sports Co-ordinator at FITCAP, said:
"We are very appreciative of all the support of the local community and organisations who supported Bunnys day. Thank you to Anne-Marie and Mandy who are Managers of Fitcap Nursury and invested much of their time with the family. In total we raised as much money as possible in order to towards funeral expenses for the family. Going forward we will continue to make this a annual event to remember Bunny and celebrate the spirit and affection of an incredible young girl."
Collectively they raised £900 and the family were able to pay for the headstone!
Visit FITCAP'S website here.