Mike is the co-founder of ‘Lads Like Us’ an organisation born to encourage boys and men to speak about all forms of childhood trauma and ACEs in order to claim back their lives for themselves and to stop the vicious cycle of self-sabotage which, in turn, has a positive impact on loved ones and the damage caused to society when undealt with trauma plays out.
Mike is currently working with fellow founder of Lads Like Us, Danny, on an outreach program/campaign called #FollowMeRKid – their form of restorative justice.
They want to help people repay society for the damage they’ve caused by helping other men turn things around through their lived experiences, carrying a message of hope and encouraging transferable skills to change.
Over the past 12 months, this venue has not only grown but flourished, transforming into a multifaceted space encompassing theatre, pub, and community hub.
And at the core of its resounding success stands Simon Naylor.
Simon’s dedication to 53Two goes above and beyond the call of duty. He doesn’t merely manage the venue; he embodies it. From promoting the venue on social media to working behind the bar, from managing a dedicated team to applying for funding, Simon is the heart and soul of 53Two.
He doesn’t shy away from any task – whether it’s setting up a show, welcoming the public, or ensuring every aspect runs smoothly, Simon is there, ensuring nothing falls through the cracks.
But his contributions extend far beyond the walls of 53Two.
Simon is a true advocate for young people, both within the venue and in the broader community.
He volunteers at a local hospital. At 53Two, he opens the doors to students, allowing them to film on the premises and providing the lighting and space they need.
He even offered a young person a valuable summer placement opportunity from a local college.
Simon’s kindness knows no bounds, and he has channelled his compassion into the charity 500 Acts of Kindness.
Through his nominations, he has directly transformed lives. From providing one month’s rent to a homeless student, ensuring they had a place to call home, to sourcing a bed for Colin, a Big Issue vendor with a broken back who had been sleeping on a two-seater couch, Simon’s impact on the people of Manchester is gigantic.
Mohammad Khairuzzaman, the founder of ‘Work For Smile,’ has dedicated his life to providing charitable services to those in need in Manchester.
Since 2016, he has directed various projects, including Litter Picking, Refugee Support, COVID-19 vaccination initiatives, and Book Distribution, all aimed at making a positive difference in his community.
One of his most notable achievements was his leadership of the Food Distribution Project during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Khairuzzaman not only ensured immediate relief through food distribution but also addressed broader issues affecting his community.
His dedication has inspired a diverse group of volunteers, and together, they have expanded their reach and impact.
Known as MyroDoodles, Myroslava Coates is a source of inspiration in the Prestwich community.
She actively organises fundraisers, promotes local businesses, and fosters a sense of community camaraderie.
Her artistic talents have grown over the years, and she uses them to promote positivity, kindness, and empathy.
Myroslava is open about her struggles with mental health and consistently advocates for kindness and support within the community.
She has undertaken various charitable initiatives, from brightening local hospitals with her artwork to organising fundraisers for important causes. Myroslava is a true beacon of hope and inspiration for Greater Manchester.
Manchester is a successful city, but there are many people that suffer. The I Love MCR Foundation helps raise vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people and communities across Greater Manchester – and we can’t do it without your help. So please donate or fundraise what you can because investing in your local community to help it thrive can be a massively rewarding experience. Thank you in advance!