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 1 MESSAGE IN THE MEDIA

1 Message Ltd was formed in 2016 and recently became a community interest company. The founder of 1 message has used his experiences and passion for helping children and young people to create a service that successfully delivers its message to hundreds of young people across the greater Manchester area.

1 Message offers 1-1 mentoring services for young people who are at risk of, or engaged in anti-social and criminal activity, particularly in relation to gang related crimes. We also work within primary and high schools offering workshops, motivational talks and education around crime and the consequences of our actions. We are currently working on community detachment projects to tackle youth crime and are also in the process of developing further projects to engage young people in alternative activities.

The fundamental aims of 1 message are to encourage, engage and empower young people to take responsibility for their lives in a productive way. We offer alternative education of the consequences of criminal engagement and encourage different pathways through providing them with informed choices.

Our founder and his business partner use their own experiences to promote the notion that a criminal lifestyle is not a viable choice and highlight the impact that these ill-thought choices can have on a young person’s future.

It is through honesty, experience and genuine passion that we hope to inspire change.

1 MESSAGE IN ACTION

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WHO ARE WE

MATTHEW NORFORD

Founder & C.E.O.

Matthew grew up in Rusholme, Manchester; a deprived inner city area that experienced high levels of gun and gang related crime. He grew up the second eldest of four brothers and following the lead of his elder brother, Matthew became involved in criminal activity from a young age, quickly resulting in a string of juvenile offences against him and earning himself a reputation amongst his peers. Despite being offered an opportunity to become a professional basketball player, Matthew maintained his criminal path becoming embroiled and leading a gang and serving a number of jail sentences for drug related crimes. During his last sentence, Matthew discovered that his eldest brother had been killed in a gang and crime related incident, this was the turning point in his life and since 2011, Matthew has used his pain and loss to drive him forward in turning his life around. After gaining qualifications, voluntary and formal work experience Matthew decided to form his own business which would allow him to assist young people in recognising the consequences of their lifestyle choices, create awareness of gang crimes and educate on preventative measures.

Qualifications:

  • Level 1 computer literacy and IT
  • Level 1 English language
  • Level 1 Numeracy
  • Level 1 Life Skills
  • Level 1 & 2 Mentoring
  • Child Protection / Safeguarding NSPCC course
  • Level 3 Football examinations

OUR SERVICES

We can tailor a package to suit your individual needs and can offer packages that include all of the above topics or just those relevant to your company or service, We offer hourly mentoring services, half day workshops or motivational talks, full days or entire packages over a number of days. We work closely with GMP and we are able to include talks from a current (soon to be retiring) officer who has developed his police career through extensive work with gang crime. We also work with an ex addict who can provide real-life experiences of the consequences of drug and alcohol and how this affects life chances and health.

Along with the company director we also have other ex-offenders who can discuss their experiences of crime and jail and how difficult it has been to change their lives but show that it is possible, we are currently in the process of adding a female ex-offender to our team also.

Our company director has hands on experience with living with domestic violence and can offer insight into how to keep ourselves safe and signs to look out for. Her experiences are also impacted by her ex-partners criminal life and she can offer insight into how these associations can also impact lives.

We are happy to discuss any of your needs and personalise our services for you.

We cover the following topics:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Gangs
  • Choices & Consequences
  • Drugs & Alcohol addictions
  • Domestic Violence
  • Positive Relationships, communication & teamwork

CURRENT PARTNERSHIPS

SAVY - stockport Action for Voluntary Youth

SAVY

We are currently engaged with detachment work within the Brinnington area attempting to tackle anti-social behaviours

Stockport YOS

We have an ongoing relationship in which we deliver crime prevention workshops to the primary and high schools in Stockport borough, we also provide individual mentoring sessions for those young people using the YOS service in relation to crime.

MOSAIC

Part of the healthy Stockport group