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Community Change Foundation

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Welcome to Community Change Foundation,

CCF is a Charity based in Manchester dedicated to improving the lives of young people within the local community by providing mentoring based support in both one to one and group settings.

We use a holistic, resilience based mentoring model to empower the people we work with to make positive, informed choices about their future, improving not only their own lives but those of the people in the communities around them.

This website contains information about the work we do, and have done, and more information about our team and our vision and ethos


National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Today is National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the issue of CSE, and encourage people to be aware of the signs of abuse, and what to do if they have suspicions. CSE is an issue that can affect any child, regardless of race, gender, or social status, which is why it is important for us to be vigilant and to not stay silent.

For more information, please visit:

Below are links to a selection of resources that you may find useful:

Peter Giles

Sadly, CCF Treasurer, Peter Giles passed away in January. More than just a Treasurer, Pete was instrumental in the formation of CCF, and was a dear friend to all of us, and his kindness, strength, and support will be sorely missed. Pete was a musician at heart, and possessed a fantastic, soulful voice, which you can hear here:

CCF Named in Real Voices Report

In the Real Voices report, produced by MP Ann Coffey, which looks into into the Sexual Exploitation of children in Greater Manchester, CCF have been named as an example of an effective intervention.

The report examines the work that CCF is doing in Flixton High School for Girls with students who are at risk of Sexual Exploitation, and has consulted with both the staff and students there to highlight areas of best practice and effective interventions.

"The value of a continuous relationship with somebody they can trust because they feel that person understands is something that time and time again comes over when talking to young people."

The report states that:

"Many young people told me that peer mentors are more flexible than 9-to-5 social workers and often ring or text to see if they are okay in the evenings and at weekends."

and that:

"Another [student] said: “You’re more comfortable speaking to a mentor than a teacher because it happened to them – they have been there and they can guide you and give you advice.”

This highlights the effectiveness of the flexible approach used by CCF Mentors in engaging with young people, and the importance of a sense of commonality in developing a relationship of openness and trust, where the young person feels able to discuss serious and often painful issues such as Sexual Exploitation with their mentor.

The report goes on to recommends that: "As part of a wider safeguarding approach, Pupil Premium money could be used by schools singly or jointly to fund peer-mentoring schemes for those identified at risk of CSE."

For more information, please follow the links below:

A full copy of the report can be downloaded here

You can hear CCF Head of Delivery Steven Giles talking with Allan Beswick of BBC Radio Manchester about the work that CCF does, and about the report here.

CCF Interview with BBC Manchester and North West Tonight

This morning, CCF Head of Delivery, Steven Giles, talked with Alan Beswick on BBC Radio Manchester about the work that CCF does with young people at risk of being sexually exploited, and the unique resilience based approach CCF mentors use to engage with their clients.

You can hear the interview here from 2 hours and 4 minutes.

Steven will also be talking on North West Tonight at 6pm, along with CSE Mentor Sanaa Limbada on BBC One this evening.

For more information, please visit our projects page or e-mail enquiries@ccf-org.

One Day Conflict Awareness Training: Free to Trafford Residents, or People Working in Trafford

CCF is running another course of Conflict Awareness Training, which is free to Trafford Residents, or to people working in Trafford.

The course is aimed at:

  • People who deal with conflict situations as part of their work (e.g. front line staff who engage with services users who may be confrontational or aggressive)
  • People who struggle to assert themselves effectively in a conflict situation
  • People who have been told that they are aggressive or confrontational
  • Anyone who is curious about the root causes of conflict and would like to learn how to manage it in a positive way

The training will give participants the opportunity to:

  • Explore the root causes of conflict and see how seemingly small issues can escalate into bitter disputes
  • Gain insight into how they deal with conflict and how it can be improved to maximise the chance of a positive outcome
  • Participate in role play exercises to gain empathy skills and practice assessing situations from the other persons perspective
  • Learn that conflict is a normal part of life and can be an opportunity for co-operation and personal development rather than a contentious and divisive experience
  • The course is running on the following dates:

    10/11/14, 24/11/14, 08/12/14, 12/01/15, 26/01/15, 09/02/15, 23/02/15, 09/03/15, 23/03/15, and 13/04/15

    And will take place 10:00 to 16:00 at the CCF Offices (28 Cornbrook Court, Old Trafford, Manchester)

    For more information please see the attached flyer and expression of interest form, or you can call our office on 0161 872 9220 or e-mail

    Booking a place is easy: all you have to do is download and fill out the Expression of Interest Form and return it to

Employability and Accredited Learning

CCF is delighted to announce that we are running a new and exciting Employability Skills and Accredited Learning Programme.

The purpose of this programme is to help clients to develop their expectations and understanding of working environments and what employers will expect from you when you are working. This course aims to help clients to develop the skills needed in the modern workplace and improve prospects for the future.

The course will consist of studying areas such as numeracy, literacy and and IT at the entry level, depending on the needs of the learner. On top of this, we can offer tuition around the following areas of employability:

  • Self-Management
  • Looking for Job Vacancies effectively
  • Applying for Jobs Effectively
  • Managing your Personal Finances
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer Service and Correct Behaviour for the Workplace
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Communication in the Workplace
  • Rights and Responsibilities of the employee

As well as this, we will encourage learners to take part in volunteering and community events, such as:

  • Taking part in Manchester Food Poverty Week
  • Volunteering on projects with Communities on Solid Ground

Clients will need to attend the centre for five hours every day to organise and document their placement/training. If clients are working on the centre-run projects, they will be working together to coordinate the group projects with our partner organisations. Attending the centre daily is important, in order to report their progress in the form of a peer mentoring program where clients will pair up and keep track of each other’s progress in a relaxed environment where they can discuss their opinions and decide what further steps they wish to take in this area (if any) and develop their personal development plan. The course will also consist of an hour and thirty minutes of assisted job searching carried out every day at the centre. Evidence of this will take the form of emails and printouts collected at the end of each session.

The course lasts for a minimum of 6 weeks, but can last up to 3 months depending on how many areas the client wishes to pursue.

For more information, please contact Duncan Ayerst

Skills4Life Project

CCF is now running the Skills 4 Life Project, a work club where Old Trafford residents can receive advice and support surrounding the areas of employment and professional development. Among other things, we can offer:

  • Advice on C.V. writing
  • IT skills and Support
  • Help finding volunteering and work experience placements
  • Building social and professional networks
  • Advice and support for building your skills and qualifications
  • A positive and productive environment
  • Access to IT facilities and useful contacts
  • A specialised Wider Key Skills course that can be tailored to your needs and interests

Contact our team for any further details, or to set up a one to one meeting with our tutor to discuss what you could gain from the service

Approved Provider Standard

After a year of hard work by the CCF team, CCF is proud to announce that CCF has successfully achieved the Approved Provider Standard, certified by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. APS certification is the national quality standard for mentoring services, and gives commissioners and service users confidence in the quality of the service that CCF provides, both in front line delivery and the infrastructure of the organisation.

MMU Community Partnership Awards

CCF is proud to announce that we have won the Manchester Metropolitan University Community Partnership Award! The award was given in recognition of the work that CCF has done with MMU students and Alumni in terms of providing volunteering and employment opportunities. We are immensely privileged to have been honoured with this award and we are looking forward to working more closely in the future with MMU. The award was accepted by two key members of the CCF Team, Duncan Ayerst, Tutor and Lauren James, Mentor/Fundraising Officer, who are also MMU Alumni.

For more information please visit the MMU article on the Make a Difference Award Ceremony

Tudor Trust

After a lengthy application process we are delighted to announce that the Tudor Trust have awarded us core funding for the posts of Administrator and Head of Delivery for 2 years. In addition to this, the Tudor Trust have also provided funding, and extensive administrative support enabling CCF to convert to a registered charity. This is fantastic news for CCF because it will allow us to continue and expand our good work in the community and access more sustainable funding sources.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Tudor Trust for all of their help and to say that we hope that is the start of a productive relationship.

SIA Approved Door Security Qualification

CCF is working in partnership with Templegate Training to offer you the chance to take your first steps into the security industry with this SIA approved Short Course in Door Supervision. The course is 3 weeks long and is the perfect opportunity for you to take your first steps into the security industry. The course consists of two weeks training in employability skills, communication, and customer service, followed by one week of training in event stewarding and door security.

At the end of the course you will have gained the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Work Based Skills
  • Level 2 Customer Service
  • Understanding Stewarding Events
  • Door Supervision - SIA Approved

Furthermore, should you be offered a job in the security industry we will pay for your SIA badge.

The course is made up of a mix of practical and theoretical learning to help you develop the skills necessary to thrive in the security industry.

For more information you can view the flyer here or contact the CCF office on 0161 872 9220. Alternatively you can e-mail us.

Conflict Awareness Training

CCF is running free Conflict Awareness Training on 21/02/14 and 14/03/14. The course looks at understanding the root causes of conflict and the profound impact that conflict can have on our lives both professionally and personally. The course aims to equip you with practical and constructive strategies for dealing with conflict in a positive way. The course is available free of charge to people living or working in the Trafford area.

For more information or to book a place please download and complete the Expression of Interest Form and return it to

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