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About the organisation

S.T.O.R.M is the brainchild of CEO Marie Hanson. Before S.T.O.R.M began, Marie ran a successful make-up company. Her personal life, however, was a different story. As a victim of domestic violence, a pregnant Marie had to make the difficult decision to flee her home, taking her five young children with her. Friends struggled to help such a large family, so Marie and her children were forced to find a place in a refuge. Unfortunately, Marie’s problems weren’t finished yet. After her eldest daughter revealed that she had been abused by Marie’s ex-partner, Marie and her daughter had to find the strength to go through a long court case, resulting in Marie’s ex-partner receiving a prison sentence of 10 years.

In the following few years, Marie continued with her successful career and in 2004, she was offered a position as a Director of a well-known make-up company based in the USA; a life changing opportunity. Despite this fantastic chance to build a new life for herself and her children, Marie had long been considering how she could help other women in her situation. She decided to forego the opportunity to move to the USA and instead commit herself to helping the many other abused women in her community, and so S.T.O.R.M was born.  

About the project
Off the Streets
Off the Streets is our youth club that is run 3 nights a week for young people aged 11-25 years. The aim of the youth club is to provide a safe environment for young people to engage in activities, socialise with others in the local area and most importantly learn skills that they are able to draw on throughout their lives. We have worked over the past 9 years with young people on the Doddington and Rollo estate and surrounding areas. We provide various activities and have identified through our monitoring information on participants over the years that we have a high percentage of young black males that attend our youth facility.

The project will deliver a music production programme, consisting of music workshops, working on music production, vocal lessons, recording sessions with a studio engineer and performing at our annual peace concert. As we are aiming to deliver this project with young black males we will be including group and individual coaching sessions where the young males can explore what issues they face in society being a black male and how they aim to achieve goals in spite of this factor.