Champagne Bubblee Column: Collaborating for youths in MK

Quinton Green, also known as MC Champagne Bubblee and the poet Mr Milise, talks to Truth For Youth and MK Dons SET.

As the founder of Knife Crime Victim Support, I’m often engaging in collaborative work in and around our community.

We’ve recently struck up an amazing working relationship with mum of two, Heidi Beckham, who works tirelessly to help young people nurture their talents and provides support as part of Truth For Youth.

I spoke to Heidi, and Maralyn Smith from MK Dons SET, and asked them about their youth work in Milton
Keynes and Thames Valley.

Tell us about your background in youth work and the initiatives you have been involved in, Heidi.

“Truth For Youth programme launched in November 2019 live on the BBC with special guest speaker Charlie Sloth.

“I got actively involved in MK youth work, as experience showed me that our children have few safe outlets beyond home or school to have positive and exciting experiences to help them grow into happy responsible adults.”

What do you think the social issues are behind serious youth violence and how does it affect Milton Keynes?

“Lack of facilities and poor public transport make it hard for young people to safely socialise and learn life skills.

“Too many vulnerable children are left susceptible to gang activity at a time when this is sadly glorified.

“The Covid lockdown has further isolated young people, although most are still optimistic about the future. We need to give them alternatives.”

What initiatives do you have planned in the future and what opportunities do you feel that you can offer young people?

“The learning and development opportunities that we offer are an integral part of what every community should be providing.

“They give us the chance to connect with young people, safely beyond the school setting and ensure that they are active, healthy, achieving, included, respected and learning responsibility.

“Our youth club approach offers a safe place for young people to socialise in a great environment.

“Kids hang out, play pool, learn about music production, photography, cooking, football, fishing and more.

“TFY supports them to develop confidently into adulthood.”

Are you partnering with any schools, youth offending services or charities?

“The Hazeley Academy have generously provided TFY use of a fantastic facility where we are opening a food
academy for youngsters to learn from catering students.”

Truth for Youth will be collaborating with Knife Crime Victim Support and MK Dons SET. Can you tell us more about the SET’s community initiatives?

“MK Dons Sport and Education Trust (SET) is an independent charity aligned to Milton Keynes Dons, using
the brand of the club as one of its tools of engagement to improve the lives and experiences of its local community.

“The SET delivers lifechanging programmes in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area and focuses on education, social inclusion, health and wellbeing, girls and women’s football, football development and community delivery.”

Quinton teaches poetry and creative writing online. Follow Quinton on Instagram @champagne_bubbler and @whoismrmilise. Follow Mr Milise on Spotify. Email him on kcvsinfo@gmail.com.

This feature was published in the October 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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