For some years now MOFS has had connections with Merseyside Youth Association Ltd (MYA), which is a charity that aims to provide positive and lasting change to the lives of young people in Merseyside, as outlined in the Corporate Social Responsibility section of this web site. A few years ago I was tremendously proud to accept the position of Chair of the MYA, in view of the tremendous work that the charity does with the young people in the area. In addition, our business strives to assist the charity wherever possible, both financially and with volunteers.
For the second year running, MOFS nominated MYA for an Aviva Broker Community Fund Award, which is a competition run annually by Aviva Insurance to further their aim of supporting local community good causes through their Broker Partners. After an unsuccessful year in 2012, we were extremely pleased to find that the proposal for a weekend arts project for young people, situated at the main MYA hub, The Door on Hanover Street, Liverpool, had been selected as one of the fifteen finalists in five separate categories in 2013.
I, along with Gill Bainbridge the Chief Executive of MYA, Phillip Kearns, one of the Project Coordinators at MYA and one of our tremendously talented young people, Daisy Gill attended a fabulous finals event at Kings Place in London on 16th April 2013. Daisy is 15 years of age and a self taught pianist, who has developed into an extremely talented singer/song writer.
The event was hosted by Will Greenwood and to the tremendous delight of all who attended on behalf of MYA, we were successful in winning a prize of £15,000.
These funds will ensure that the weekend arts project will commence as soon as possible and will be sustained for at least a year, when further funding will be sought to continue the work. It will also ensure that the talents of the likes of Daisy will have the opportunity to flourish well beyond the involvement of MYA.
I would like to take the opportunity of placing on record a tremendous vote of thanks to all of the staff at MYA, who put in a tremendous amount of work to deliver consistently high quality programmes for our young people. I would also like to thank and also commend Aviva for the tremendous work they do in supporting local communities through the Aviva Broker Community Fund and I would encourage people to visit theirwebsite to view the highlights of the 2013 winners and the fantastic causes that they represent.