Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:14 by Kirandeep Ojalae
The M.A.D programme is run by Sport Birmingham and provides mentoring and activities for young people at risk of, or already in, exclusion from mainstream schooling.
Birmingham City University interviewed the participants of this programme to better understand the relationship skills and understanding they had gained from the programme. The learning from this project has been distilled into a useful document, Experiencing Healthy Relationships Through Sport can be downloaded here.
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: Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:09 by Emily Wade
One of the main goals for our project is to boost the aspirations of young people.
The MAD mentoring programme, which takes place in schools across Birmingham, was first set up in September 2017 when we realised there was a need to support the young people more widely than just during our evening weekly sessions.
Since the programme began, we have now engaged with 50+ students from secondary schools throughout the city and we are amazed by the change in mindset of these young people over the 6-week period of working with them.
Our mentoring programme offers the students a balance of indoor classroom and outdoor learning.
The important factor to this intervention is to provide a non-judgemental, confidential outlet / sounding board for the young people; gaining trust through a neutral, safe and trustworthy role models.
The sessions focus on teamwork, leadership, resilience and responsibility. The MAD team deliver these key themes through their own mini workshops, presentations, group discussions, classroom games and outdoor sporting activities.
After a term ends, we will then follow up with a consultation and touch-points to review and reflect on the progress of the young people in the schools.
The programme is tailored to the schools needs and timetable. We are a fully flexible team and will try our best to cater for the school.
Here's what a few of the young people had to say about our mentoring programme by exploring a few different themes.
1) How it has changed the young person's outlook on life…
"During the M.A.D program, which is a program designed to help you think better, I have found my sessions very well used as they have showed me much more in life and that how certain things can make you feel down if you don't use them right!... Thank you for letting me join!"
"You learn about why you need school… also they give you good tips like listening, respect, box clever. Also you can have fun with everyone in the group and the people that do it"
2) Developing their understanding on Mental Health…
"Mentoring is good because it helps me with stuff like understanding mental health and depression. Another reason it is good is their advice on how to avoid getting in trouble and I've used it quite a lot at home and at school. Overall I would recommend it to anyone and it is a good experience"
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my times with the mentor group as it has helped me to understand other people's views and to respect them, I have found that I can relate to most of what is said by the group and it gives me an opportunity to express views and share past experiences so that the rest of the group could possibly learn something new as I have when I have listened to other peoples stories"
"Sometimes we also do sports which I like so that we are not just inside…We speak about mental health and social media, sometimes the mentors tell us stories about them or what they have done or been through"
We also have a quote from a young person about our MAD staff…
The mentors use slang language that I understand and they know the streets better than us because they have lived through our generation. Talking to them is like talking to a friend!"
And finally, a quote from the Teacher at the school…
"Students who took part in the MAD programme really enjoyed the range of activities and the balance between learning in the classroom and outside. The team offer a non-judgmental and genuine programme which supports change and offers a safe space to try out new skills. The experience of team has enabled our young people to benefit from an opportunity outside the normal school day to participate in a highly successful 6 week programme focusing on teamwork, leadership, resilience and responsibility"
If you work for a school and feel like your students would benefit from the mentoring programme, please get in touch with the MAD team on email
Make.A.Difference (MAD Birmingham)
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: 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.