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MAMAA was established in 1993, in direct response to the murder of James Bulger. After watching the events that took place that fateful day, a group of parents decided to get together, with the aim of informing and educating on the safety of children. However, very soon after they set up, they began to receive calls from families of murder victims looking for help, advice or simply support. They found no matter where they looked, or how they tried, they had nowhere to direct many of these families. Therefore, without design or intent, they became a victim support group. MAMAA have worked with hundreds of families, offering emotional and practical care.

It soon became apparent to the charity, that there was more they could and should be doing. They were not happy to sit and wait for the next call. They wanted to find ways to stop the next call. The birth of their prevention programmes began.

MAMAA continue to work with victims or victims’ families, often having to travel the length of the country to support a family in need. We aim to have a network of MAMAA volunteers throughout Great Britain who can be available to assist families, as they are needed.

MAMAA run a weapons/victims awareness safety programme, which is available to all schools, colleges, universities and youth projects. The response from young people to this course is outstanding. A large majority of young people who take part, say they are better informed, better prepared and most importantly, that they are better informed on the issues surrounding violent crime.

The charity take a programme into young offender units, secure units and police training days for young people on the cusp of, at risk of or already involved in crime. Consequence of Violent Crime was designed to make offenders look at their actions and the effects they have on the families of their victims, as well as the effect violent crime has on their own families. Young people given access to this programme get clear advice on how to choose a better path upon release. It can be a revelation for young men and women to listen to the shattered and broken lives of those affected by violent crime. 87% of young people who have taken part state that will not be carrying a weapon again

We are currently developing our parenting programme. This is a strong preventative measure. This programme will give all parents the information they need to recognise if their child is likely to become involved in crime, and, they will receive guidance on how to deal effectively, with any issue they identify. We know that 90% of young people involved in murder, are known to the authorities, and believe this number can be greatly reduced with improved parental knowledge and support.

MAMAA work closely with government, and continue to advise police, the Home Office, bereavement organisations and many other bodies involved in violent crime. They form part of governmental decision-making round tables, helping to tackle violent crime at a higher level.

One of the original founders of the charity, Lyn Costello, was awarded an MBE in 2009, in recognition of her work with victims, and she is still firmly at the helm of the charity. Lyn remains as devoted to changing attitudes towards violent crime today, as she was in 1993.


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