Q&A with FM Women’s June Kelly MBE
Our popular women’s networking event, Forever Manchester Women, returns on Wednesday 19th April at Slater and Gordon’s offices.
So far the Forever Manchester Women events have raised over £13,000 to support female-led community activity across Greater Manchester.
This instalment of the event is kindly sponsored by local law firm Slater and Gordon, and will be hosted at their incredible event space in their offices in Manchester.
June Kelly MBE is our community speaker for the evening.
June set up and runs a thriving junior team in Cheetham Hill, using football to promote numeracy and literacy, and to steer youngsters away from gangs, drugs and crime. June runs Abraham Moss Warriors Junior Football Team, a local club she formed because she was frustrated by the lack of facilities in Cheetham Hill which is in the bottom 2% most deprived areas in the country. She explains: “I set up the club in 2001 because young people always get such a bad reputation, but I wanted to give them a chance. I wanted to engage them to keep them off the streets and hopefully encourage them to better themselves as well.”
Take a look at this video of Abraham Moss Warriors in action:
June has always focused on the wider picture for the young people in the club and also runs a popular literacy and numeracy program to help underachieving boys in the team become more interested in reading and learning. The club also provides workshops on drugs, gang awareness, anti-bullying and healthy lifestyles.
What attracted you to Forever Manchester and Forever Manchester Women?
What attracted me to Forever Manchester is the quality of work it does about trying to improve the lives of ordinary people in Manchester, making it a better place for all to live. Without the support of Forever Manchester we would not be where we are today with Abraham Moss Warriors.
It’s great that so many influential women in Manchester can come together to showcase and celebrate the achievements of others.
What do you love about Manchester?
What I love best about Manchester is the multicultural mix and how so many people get on well together. At the Warriors we currently have members from 46 nationalities.
What’s one thing you’ve struggled with/has surprised you/you’ve enjoyed the most along your journey with Abraham Moss Warriors?
The thing I have struggled with along the way is lack of funding at times but then after overcoming adversity the club has grown even stronger.
What’s strong and good in your community at the moment?
What’s strong and good in our community at the moment is Abraham Moss Warriors at the heart of the community!
Our new project which currently runs seven days a week and offers 23 different activities a week at an affordable price so that the whole community can get involved.
If you’d like to hear June Kelly MBE’s inspiring talk, head to Forever Manchester Women on:
Wednesday 19th April
Slater and Gordon
58 Mosley Street
Tickets are just £20, which includes a welcome drink and canapés. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting community activity across Greater Manchester.
Tickets can be purchased online by using the ticketing form below or, if you wish to receive an invoice for your ticket(s), please email Cheryl Hill at: firstname.lastname@example.org