What Lies Under the Tip of the Iceberg
Recently, MALS Merseyside held an activity day at Manley Mere Adventure Trail in Cheshire. It was a fun day out, full of team building exercises. It is an important part of our work at MALS to hold these activities for many obvious reasons, and some perhaps you might not immediately consider.
Many of the people we support at MALS come from challenging environments. Unless you understand, or have experienced these challenges yourself, it is impossible to see the person in front of you for who they really are. All you see is the very tip of the iceberg, but the bit you don’t see, often causes enormous sorrow, pain, alienation, psychological and addictive issues.
Many young people give the impression of not being communicative or naughty and disruptive, some violent, withdrawn, bullied or hyperactive. There may be issues with addiction, violence or poor mental health. Here at MALS, when we see a young person, we never judge them. Nor do we force the issue, we simply support them as best we can, giving them developmental space and try to give them some new and positive experiences. When the trust is there, we mentor them as best we can.
It is vital to never make a snap decision based on the first impression of anyone. To pigeon-hole anyone is grossly unfair, and forgive me for saying, both arrogant and presumptuous. The iceberg has a very large section you never see, it is however able to sink the ship nevertheless, most of the time, unintentionally.
Making A Splash
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On MALS activity days out, our young people can simply enjoy and be themselves. We want them to able to feel free of anxiety, carefree and happy as anyone would want for their own children. It is only by understanding what we see as a “normal” relationship; doing “normal things” and feeling part of something, that we recognise what is “normal.” We want to give our young people some happiness and respite from the challenges many of them experience as part of what they regard as their “normal” life experience. They deserve to have an expectation of what we all regard of normalcy, the normalcy of a childhood and we are hopeful achieving this through our continued support and mentorship.
MALS Merseyside is funded in part by the PCC, and the pictures you are looking at are part of a delivered a Child Exploitation Mentoring Project. As part of this project, M.A.L.S completes one to one mentoring alongside positive activities.
You cannot begin to understand without having some context or perspective, just how much benefit comes from these activities. MALS Merseyside is a charity and we would like to provide more of these activities but we ourselves need support.
If you want to support our work, and donate money, your time or practical resources, please contact the CEO of MALS Merseyside, Clare Donohue at, firstname.lastname@example.org and help us spread some happiness and give support to those who need it the most, melting that iceberg into an ice cube.
Thank you for reading.