Mahdlo opened its doors in March 2012 and other than having to close through the Cornavirus lockdowns, we’ve been open ever since.
After nearly a year we were able to reopen, allowing young people access to our facilities and activities and best of all - letting them see their friends.
With a smaller team and even smaller budget, we still provided hundreds of packed lunches, holiday zone places and activities for young people.
Throughout lockdown Mahdlo provided remote support through online interactions and phone calls as well as home visits to support vulnerable young people and families.
Mahdlo has changed the way it works to support its members and community. The charity has adapted its offer to the digital space with the #VirtualMahdlo campaign – pushing the boundaries of youth work in the online world and using new technologies to reach and engage their young people in more ways than ever.
The SPACE aims to be Oldham’s creative powerhouse, allowing young people to express themselves and explore their talents and passions like never before. Collaborating with some of the borough’s most artistic partners, the creative arts venue will be a unique safe space, bringing together young talent from across the Oldham area and beyond.
Almost 200 people from the Oldham business community and beyond gathered to celebrate Mahdlo and the achievements of its members whilst digging deep and helping to raise vital funds.
Staff from the Youth Zone put on a show to remember as Mahdlo was transformed for one night into Wonderland, showcasing an epic story highlighting the many ways in which Mahdlo supports young people in our area.
Alongside a suitably quirky three course meal (Mushrooms for dessert, anyone?) our audience were also treated to three exceptional performances from Mahdlo members.
In 2015, Mahdlo stepped up to become a key provider of services for young people. As of May last year, more than 1,000 young people have accessed its district provision, which is developing with six sessions in five community venues each week.
One of its big successes has been its role in helping to curb antisocial behaviour (ASB) in Failsworth. According to Greater Manchester Police, the district saw up to 200 young people on the streets and in parks, partaking in drugs and alcohol, leading to ASB and tensions in the community.
With the sun shining and the atmosphere thriving, families all around Oldham spent the day enjoying themselves with the many activities we had set up, ranging from arts and craft, assault courses, sport activities and meeting our very own giant puppet ‘Davina’.
We were thrilled to welcome two VIP visitors from the University of Manchester: Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University and Professor Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex officially opens Mahdlo and presents the team with a commemorative plaque - still displayed in reception!
On Friday 16 March 2012, Mahdlo Youth Zone was officially unveiled following years of planning and anticipation.
Our opening party on 17 March was attended by 550 young people!