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An excited Benda Porter posted today

On our way to Windsor for Andrew to receive his MBE at Windsor Castle on Tuesday a.m. As a family we are so proud of him.
Announcing his award back in June last year Brenda wrote

Our huge congratulations to our son Andrew who lives with his family in Southport on officially being awarded an MBE for his services to young people and the community of Manchester.

Together with all our family we are so proud of him and all he does for young people...you are a star and so much deserve this honour. As a teacher, and so much more, that you care is so widely known.

Love ,hugs and congratulations from Mum and Dad and all the family .xx
Andrew started Musicstuff with his wife Stef as a youth arts not for profit organisation in Manchester. They work with community groups, young offenders, single parents, NEET, drug & alcohol abusers, young people involved with gangs, young people excluded from education and many other groups.

They have used music and arts to engage with young people, give them a voice, sign post them to support, build confidence and self esteem, reduce social isolation and build social and practical skills.

They have also used music and arts to look at issues affecting young people such as sexual health, teenage pregnancy, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, emotional literacy, domestic violence and many other issues.

One of their aims was to give young people who wouldn't normally get the chance to create and develop musical skills a chance to develop a skill or interest. In building these opportunities across Manchester and Tameside they have been rooted in the community and employed many local people.

Just over 10 years ago we also became an independent school working with young people from Manchester that had been excluded or as an alternative to exclusion from mainstream education. We have always believed in supporting people through the many challenges of life and many young people have benefitted from the help and support we have given them over the many years MusicStuff has been part of the Manchester offer to young people.

To learn more about MusicStuff please visit their website https://www.musicstuffeducation.org/