We Love MCR Charity supported Ho Shin Do back in September 2020 to provide 12 weeks of karate classes for young people in Levenshulme and Whalley Range. 

Ho Shin Do told us that they wanted to empower young people in their communities and provide them with a sense of wellbeing during a very challenging year in which young people have in most cases barely seen their friends, have experienced fragmented learning, and suffered exam cancellations.  They told us how Karate supports young people to develop discipline, confidence and build self esteem – something we are really keen to support at We Love MCR!  

 

With our support, they have engaged over 60 young people to learn and develop their karate skills!  In some cases they were able to provide karate uniforms as well, meaning financial disadvantage didn’t deny them of the opportunity to learn & socialise alongside their peers (this is something we feel very strongly about, read about our Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund to learn more).  We’re thrilled to know that this project supported volunteers to develop skills in coaching and first aid – one of the volunteers said that thanks to the project he has developed confidence with working with children and enjoyed watching them have fun, vital experience for his sports coaching course in college.   

Classes were delivered either in person or online, depending on restrictions in place at the time, supporting Ho Shin Do to be flexible in their approach and to allow young people to take part and continue learning.  The feedback from all the children and parents involved has been great! The parents were happy in seeing their children achieve grades, receive certificates and seeing their children having fun and enjoying the benefits of the classes – things we perhaps took for granted before the pandemic struck. 

We Love MCR Charity are so proud to have supported Ho Shin do to keep the classes running – offering young people stability, skill and fun in this most challenging of times. 

Ho Shin do have said: 

“We would like to express our gratitude for your support! Thanks for the difference you make in our communities! We are proud to be associated with We Love MCR. keep up the fantastic Work!” 

You too, Ho shin do! 

For more information about their group, please email Steve at info@hoshindo.co.uk  

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