We will be launching Cafe Mahdlo in the next few weeks and need your help!! Could you help young people to eat well and feel great and a few hours to spare each week in the evenings or at weekends? Then get in touch.
Current Cafe Opportunities:
- Tuck Shop Assistant
- Kitchen Assistant
You’ll get support from our friendly team, free hospitality or food training and invites to regular social events. No experience is necessary, all you need is some free time and are comfortable working around young people. To find out more or to apply click here.
Our senior members cooked up a treat on Monday, 11th February, hosting their very own Valentines meal. They worked hard to ensure that the evening has romance in the air and prepared and served home cooked Meat and Potato pie, mash and peas or Cheese and Onion pie and beans. All dishes were only £1 each, served to hungry members in a reserved, romantic area of the chill out zone.
Huge thanks to Sainsbury’s Oldham, for donating all the ingredients.
According to Mahdlo staff, romance was definitely in the air.
Claire Crossfield, Events Manager said, “It was the best cheese and onion pie I’ve ever tasted and I’m already looking forward to next year’s celebration”.
To continue the success of the London Olympics, Mahdlo held a Olympic inspired competition day. Secondary Schools from across the borough were invited to bring along 5 girls and 5 boys to compete in 4 Olympic Sports; Handball, Hockey, Football and Basketball.
Throughout the day Royton and Crompton, Oldham Academy North, Oasis Academy and The Radclyffe School competed against each other demonstrating some fantastic skill and abilities, as well as teamwork and sportsmanship. Each Sport had an individual winner and the school with the most points at the end of the day were the overall winners.
After some great performances Royton and Crompton were crowned over all winners taking first place in football, handball and basketball.
We have been nominated to receive a Passion for Parents award by POINT (Parents of Oldham in Touch). We have been nominated for “going the extra mile in including parents as well as young people by the Sunday afternoon parents.” Once all nominations have been received the finalists will be invited to a special Awards Evening on 15th March next year. We are all excited about this nomination and very proud to work with some special families and of our great team who deliver our sessions.
Watch this space to find out if we make it to the final!!!
Last Sunday, 21st October, our very own Andy Lafford put on his running shoes and hit the streets of Oldham becoming the first member of our team to enter the Oldham Half Marathon.
We asked him about his day and he told us….
“I turned up at Mahdlo, bright and early, to meet Ste Hardy and all the young people that were helping at the event. Leaving everything to the last minute, even my trainers were only bought the night before, I still needed to register for the race and find out where the start line was, so knew Ste and the team would know! So off I went to the sports centre to sign up and get my chip. I was being passed along the way by some serious runners wearing running club vests from all over Oldham, others were stretching and warming up, I was starting to wonder what I had let myself in for!!
Well off I went and made my way down to the start line to wait for starters orders. It then hit me I had never run 13 miles in one go before I knew I could do 5 or 6 miles at a time but hadn’t done any extra training for this distance. Would I be able to do it? I was nervous about how I’d be able to cope, would my legs give out? I didn’t want to think about failure, I had to do it.
I DID IT, in a time of 1 hour and 46 minutes, shaving a whopping 45 minutes of my target time.
If I said it was easy, it wouldn’t be true, but the amount of support from local people was amazing. the best moment was saved for the end as I crossed the finish line surrounded by Mahdlo staff and members, I felt very proud…Roll on 2013″
Huge congratulations to Andy from all of us at Mahdlo, we are waiting on the final total that Andy has raised but at last count was nearing £100.
If you are taking on a personal challenge and would like to raise money for Mahdlo, it’s really easy and simple to do: just give Claire or Elizabeth a call on 0161 624 0111 and they will help you do the rest.
More than 300 runners took part in the first ever Rochdale Kingsway Run last month of which Vindon, one of our Founder Patrons, were one of the proud sponsors.
The run, was started by Coronation Street’s Brooke VIncent and Ellie Leach, attracted runners from across the north and from as far afield as Kent and North Wales. The event brought together a range of abilities and ages with a number of younger children taking part in track races and more experienced runners tackling the 10k route around some of Kingsway Business Park’s scenic footpaths.
As Vindon’s chosen charity, the runners raised £100 for Mahdlo and set some very impressive times, director Martin Burrill, taking part in the 5k race, led the team home in 32′ 22.
Patrick Jackson, Business Development Director at Vindon added “As a business on Kingsway we know how great the footpaths on Kingsway are for running, so it was nice to share that with so many people on the day”.
We would like to thank the team for their fundraising efforts and hope to see them at Mahdlo soon.
If you are taking on a challenge and would like to fundraise for us please contact Claire or Elizabeth on 0161 624 0111.
Hello everyone, and welcome to the latest update on the exploits of Team OwMad.
Our most recent challenge was undertaken on Saturday 6th October as we set about tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks – a gruelling 26 mile trek up and down three mountains in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside.
A very long day started around 4am with Nick once again assuming the role of designated driver. We were slightly delayed right at the outset as Martin showed his old colours by still being in bed when we got to his house to pick him up!
Arrival at the start/finish point – the Pen-y-Ghent café – was around 6.30am and we were under way for 6.45am.
The first casualty was shortly to follow as Jake twisted his ankle and suffered a groin strain on the way down. He bravely soldiered on to complete the second peak of Whernside (736 metres), but the pain meant he had to ring for a family member to come and collect him.
In between the first and second peaks, we turned into a team of shepherds as a local farmer was having trouble rounding up her flock and we came to the rescue by shooing them into her field!
We left Jake at The Old Hill Inn, which was a very unusual place to say the least. Tony called in to top up on water supplies and was stuck there for 20 minutes while all the locals had a merry old singalong!
At this point, we learned that Dave was in agony with a twisted knee and, to be brutally honest, the day had begun to lose its fun factor and was becoming a totally exhausting exercise.
Whilst the weather was generally really good on the day, there had been lots of rain in the previous weeks so conditions underfoot were extremely treacherous.
The final peak of Ingleborough (723 metres) loomed large and contained some very steep terrain which took a massive effort to scale, particularly for Dave.
However we managed to reach the summit, thinking a nice short walk to the finish would ensue – but coming down the peaks was very difficult, and the last one was true to form; in addition, the distance still to be covered was around another 6 miles!
The walking wounded arrived back at the Pen-y-Ghent café after 10 hours and 45 minutes of gruelling trekking. This meant that we had successfully completed the challenge in under 12 hours which entitles us to become members of the ‘Three Peaks Of Yorkshire Club’
As if the day wasn’t long enough, Dave had to return as soon as possible so that he could attend his step-daughter’s 18th birthday party! Nick eventually arrived back home around 9pm to complete what was a truly shattering, but worthwhile and memorable, trek of some of the most amazing scenery you’re likely to see.
More pictures of our day, and more regular updates on what we’re up to, are available by visiting our facebook page
Yours till next time,
The OwMad team.
We had some very special visitors this week, when the board of directors from Vindon Scientific, one of our Founder Patrons, came to visit. Founded in the Saddleworth village of Diggle more than 45 years ago, Vindon are a global company with offices in Rochdale, Ireland and the USA.
For many of the directors this was their first visit to Mahdlo and all had the opportunity to have a look around, Jon Scopes, Financial director, told us “We had a very useful day and my fellow directors who hadn’t been before were very impressed.”
Chairman Terry Flanagan, presented our commemorative stone to director Martin Burrill and updated them on our fantastic progress so far.
Terry added “we are very grateful for the support from Vindon and are looking forward to working with their team over the next 3 years. I am urging other local businesses to get in touch with us and find out more about how they can get involved. It’s really easy and you get so much out of it” To find out more about becoming a Patron at Mahdlo contact Claire or Elizabeth on 0161 624 0111.
We’re delighted to announce that tomorrow, 2nd October, HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, will be visiting the Youth Zone to open Mahdlo officially.
Mahdlo is the second youth zone to receive a royal visit, after HRH opened our sister youth zone in Blackburn in February 2012.
Helen Taylor, chief executive of Mahdlo, said, “The team at Mahdlo has been working extremely hard since March to make sure everyone in the area knows who we are and what we do. Since then our member numbers have grown to more than 2000, with more than 100 members visiting every day of the week.
“It’s a fantastic reflection of everyone’s efforts in bringing together young people from different backgrounds to try new things that we’re having a royal visitor join us tomorrow.
We’re looking forward to showing him round the facility, and giving him a chance to spend some time with young people whose lives have begun to change since joining us. We hope these experiences lead him to feel as passionately about the importance of Mahdlo as we do.”