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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:43 by Emily Wade
Rumai is one of many supporters for the MAD project.
Every week, he turns up to play with the kids at Holford Drive Sports Hub in Perry Barr.
His personality makes him a great influencer, and one of the young people have even said 'I want to be like Rumai'.
Holford Drive would not be the same without him and that's why he has developed with us, through the #MADFam experience, from a participant to a sessional worker.
You can read more on Rumai below.
You can hear more from Rumai on his experience with MAD Birmingham by watching the video on our YouTube channel below!
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 email@example.com
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.
Posted: Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:14 by Emily Wade
Here at Nechells Wellbeing Centre, the kids are keeping active and sociable with our youth engagement officers, Jeavon and Leon.
Every week day of Easter half term, 12-4pm, we have been running these sessions for kids to come along free of charge.