Introducing: Mavar North!

Exciting news!

We’ve been working for months on the establishment of a second branch in the North of England and we are very proud to now announce its official launch! Since Mavar started five years ago, we’ve helped a handful of callers from Manchester and Gateshead, but we’ve not been able to provide the same personal, high level of support as offered to our London members. Now, with the launch of a new branch based in Manchester, we aim to reach everyone who needs us.

Mavar North is led by Sally Halon, who recently left UJIA as their UK Programme Director.  She is currently assembling a group of volunteers interested in becoming mentors, counsellors or professional advisors. At the inaugural meeting last month, the volunteers learned about the charity’s work, aims and values from its director and founder Linda Turner. They participated in a training session about how best to offer support and discussed issues around boundaries and confidentiality.

Sally said: “This is a huge opportunity to bring the great work of Mavar to the north. We know that there are people waiting for our help and support who cannot access services in London. The professionalism of the organisation, which is almost entirely volunteer-led, is impressive and I am delighted to get involved.”

“We are looking for more volunteers, particularly in the fields of English teaching and counselling. We are also urgently seeking those who might be willing to provide short-term emergency housing either in the form of landlords with empty rooms or individuals with empty bedrooms.  Those needing accommodation will be screened so that there is minimal risk involved.” For more information or to offer help please email

More posts coming about Mavar North, including interviews with our new Director and some of the Northern volunteers. So please check back to read our updates.