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.
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:
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."
"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:
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.
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:
Looking for Job Vacancies effectively
Applying for Jobs Effectively
Managing your Personal Finances
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
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.
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.
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
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