It is impossible to sum up the last year without thanking the board for their unstinting commitment and enthusiasm to enable young people across the North West to receive not a hand-out but a hand-up in life.

Without a doubt 2018 has been our best year yet and we are proud to report that we have delivered 29,300 sessions across 27 programmes throughout Manchester to 687 young people each week, there are 1000 young people registered within our programmes and we have 30 amazing volunteers who have selflessly supported our events throughout the year.

The numbers are one thing. However our culture, behaviour and values won’t allow us to revert to solely counting numbers. We much prefer to hear from the young people themselves and listen to what impact they tell us we are making in their young lives.

For me 13-year old Chloe sums it up perfectly:

“DMSF has given me courage, it’s given me confidence and it’s just motivated me. It’s helped me to be who I want to be. I didn’t really talk to anyone and didn’t get involved in much stuff because I was shy, now I get involved in everything”.

It is a privilege to have the responsibility to lead this organisation set up by my husband and I. It is an honour to work with a consistently inspiring, driven and dedicated team who without them our work to positively change lives would not be possible. Thank you to all of you.

I’m not a big fan of New Year resolutions, but this year I might just make an exception. Our aim in 2019 is to continue to embed character and behaviour skills within our programmes that provide a platform for young people to have the emotional development, emotional intelligence and growth mind set to enable them to continue to shine bright. You can see a video of our 2018 Graduation here.

If this is a purpose you think you can support, we should have a coffee. Drop me a line at

Have a fabulous Christmas and Happy New Year.