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MLM Group visit Ipswich Community Media pilot project funded by the MLM Foundation

MLM Group visit Ipswich Community Media Pilot Project - Funding from MLM foundation Fund - News - MLM

Following the first grant awarded by the MLM Foundation Fund, a small group from MLM Group visited Ipswich Community Media (ICM) just before Christmas 2018.

The idea was to see first-hand how some of the £4,000 grant was being used. Welcomed by Bruce MacGregor and Cad Taylor, Directors at ICM, and Judy Dow from Suffolk Community Foundation, the group from MLM consisted of Martin Liddell, Iain Thom, Katy Pointer and Mark Scaife.

Bruce explained how ICM are delivering ‘Making Waves’ – a music and media programme aimed at working with young people who are currently in the criminal justice system and for those young people at risk of offending. ICM also use the programme when working with young people at risk in the Westgate Ward and Priory Heath Ward who have been involved in postcode gang related activity and drug related crime. (Westgate Ward is in the top 20% most deprived wards in the country).

The stories were both shocking and enlightening, and Katy remarked how difficult it was to understand what was happening right on our own door-steps.

They visited the Smoke House Studio and were immersed in the open event live music night, watching a number of young performers taking to the stage and making full use of the state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems offered at SmokeHouse.

This is just one of the programmes being delivered by the team at ICM, and their inspirational work is helping to move young people away from drug and gang culture and encourages engagement in music, media and positive community-based activities. However, as Bruce explained, there are always many more young people who would really benefit from working with ICM and funding was a constant issue.

To find out more about ICM please visit: http://ipswichcm.org.uk/

MLM Foundation Fund is administered by UK Community Foundation and managed locally through the Community Foundation Network.

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