The main focus is on social and personal development, increased employability and progression in education or employment. Further priorities include reducing social isolation, increased youth engagement in positive activities, health and wellbeing, reduction of youth violence and antisocial behaviour and promotion of a healthy self – image. MVP constantly aligns its strategy to government/ council agenda and builds on social cohesion and social capital.
MVP’s main beneficiaries are young people, aged 10 – 24 from East London .MVP has been engaging vulnerable young people from Waltham Forest (aged 8 – 24) since 2012 through stand alone workshops, half term programs, Alternative Provision (BCE Independent School), Sunday school programs, consultation programs and commissions through Waltham Forest’s YOT and Young Carers, etc. One of MVP’s directors holds an MA in Youth and Community Work and theories and ongoing research are implemented in the workshops. Main delivery staff are qualified, experienced and trained in relationship building with vulnerable young people.
Since 2019, MVP has trained and used volunteers and guest speakers in 16 workshops, that have engaged 478 young people. MVP has built strong relationships with local schools, colleges, PRUs, VRP, Public Health Approach partners and parents/ carers. All of the workshops and events are now staffed with volunteers, with the aim to engage them in professional surroundings and to build employability skills for progression into employment.
Meet the Directors
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Sam is a music producer, pianist, teacher and entrepreneur. He runs various businesses, including an artist management company, housing management company, educational provision and studio engineering services. In his spare time, he leads the music team at his local church.
Sam has been delivering RSL vocational qualifications for over six years. His keen interest lies in combing the music industry with education. He has teamed up with Native Instruments, Focusrite and other major music brands to bridge the gap between these two worlds. He utilises his passion, experience and expertise to expand the reach of creative education and to develop the quality of music services.
Sam is dedicated to ensuring the smooth running of the business and financial elements of the Company.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
With a solid background in media, music, events management, and marketing, Joanna has been successfully managing and delivering creative projects for young people in East London for the past 10 years. She has overseen programs funded by the Skills Funding Agency, European Social Fund, The Big Lottery Fund, Barclay Card, Global, etc.
As the marketing and recruitment manager, she was instrumental in setting up Big Creative Academy and running of Big Creative Education. Joanna holds an MA in Youth and Community Work, and is a qualified JNC practitioner.
Joanna focuses on learner recruitment, program management and partnership development.
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Professional and resourceful IT Director with a track record of over 20 years of experience in the industry. Accustomed to challenging technical support requirements, managing successful projects and motivating and supporting staff to achieve their best performance.
Meet our Supporters
Mikis Michaelides – is a BAFTA nominated composer for Music for Film & TV. Recent award winning credits include BBC's 4 'O'Clock club, Rick Gervais' David Brent: Life on the Road and the 2018 Christmas Sainsbury's advertisement campaign.
A pioneer in a new generation of entrepreneurial female producer/songwriters, Hannah V is currently working with some of the UK’s most in demand pop and urban artists including Stormzy, JP Cooper and Gorgon City. She is an advocate for women in music and regularly appears on panels to inspire others with her achievements and experience; most recently at BBC Live Introducing, the Royal Albert Hall and City Hall in London.
Multi Platinum Credited Music Producer / DJ Signed to - Imhotep / Sony ATV. Credits include Wande Coal, JHus, Mo Stack, Mr Eazi, Krept n Konan, Leona Lewis etc.
Nigel is the Co - founder Mayamada, a creative brand set in their own world of characters and stories. Mayamada create imaginative comics, stylised clothing and even run our own pop up events! Our mission is to inspire creativity in others.
Cllr Grace Williams
Cllr Grace Williams is the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People in Waltham Forest, coach, community worker, Councillor in William Morris ward.