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Natural Thinking by Ria Walton

the frondescence of flourishing leaves  coming to life the essence of new life for spring the re birth of trees the birds singing their melodies sweet songs of morning nature alive with fresh new growth buds blooming their energy forthwith to bring, the floral...

The Three Girls Workshop

Three Girls Workshop With lockdown having restricted the hosting of events ‘in person’ the Foundation recently ran on online meet-up centred around the BAFTA award winning BBC mini-series Three Girls.  The programme (for which Maggie worked as the Programme...

VICTIMS’ COMMISSIONER SAYS CULTURE CHANGE TO SUPPORT AGGRIEVED LONG OVERDUE

By Ryan Hooper, PA Chief Reporter  A new, specific law is required to give more rights to those affected by crime, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Dame Vera Baird QC said a change of culture'' was long overdue'' to look after'' victims of...

“I feel lost, and I don’t know if this pain will ever leave me…..”

I  was abused from age 7 to 20. No one in my life knows except doctors/counsellors/helplines or the occasional Samaritan. I carry on every day like I'm absolutely fine. No one would ever know.   It's almost like having two lives which makes me very sad. I was...

Poem 2 by Michelle

In these eyes I hold the key, To a life you will never see. Beneath the surface of fake smiles

Loveartpix

My name is Dez (AKA Loveartpix) & I am a self-taught Creative Artist from Manchester. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder over 10 years ago & more recently autism, a diagnosis I am now beginning to come to terms with & better understand. From an early...

Poem by Michelle

I am lost in this darkness, I can't see a light Tormented by my demons, they come worse at night.   I am lost in this spiral of unspeakable pain Longing for a rainbow that comes after the rain.   My head, it's pounding...

I Came as a Survivor, now I am an Ambassador

I initially came to foundation as a survivor that needed help. The only service that was helping me at the time was recovery, I had been laughed at by a few police officers and a member of the council had labelled me she was at that children’s home a home where I was...

I still struggle with the frustrations that the police did a ‘half-assed’ job and that monster is still walking the streets, free to do whatever he likes…..

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my story. It has been almost 11 years since this happened to me, and I have never tried to deal with it. I just tucked it away in a little box in my mind and hoped that it would go away. Recently I took the first steps...
About Us
Maggie has set her vision in motion by beginning to build an amazingly caring, supportive and understanding team. A team who all share the same values and a fierce determination to make a real difference in the lives of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Values such as kindness, empathy, honesty, fairness, trust, human decency, and justice are what drive us.  In addition, by sharing our stories and experiences we also intend to expose and address injustice, misuse of power and corruption wherever we find it.

Due to COVID 19 we had to close our pilot centre in Rochdale a few weeks after opening and this has forced us to evaluate this brave new world we are now in and make decisions about the future. We decided we had no choice but to put the centre on hold due to social distancing and the new regulations and focus instead on setting up our sexual abuse phone line called “Pain into Power”.

Our phone line will be open to survivors of all faiths and backgrounds and will provide a safe place to be heard, and we are building a solid base from which to grow as we carefully nurture this process…

Phase One will be purely for adult survivors who want to talk to a caring, non judgmental person who understands the trauma caused by abuse. Over time we will introduce further phases and provide more support including onward referrals to a whole variety of trusted professional partners which we are now setting up.

The main advantage of this approach is that it allows us to have a national rather than just a local reach, and we can provide essential support to so many more survivors whose trauma and mental health has been even further affected by this pandemic.

At the moment survivors can get in touch with us via our contact page and can also anonymously share their individual stories through our ‘Survivor Stories’ blog.  This in itself can be a big step forward, and we are now adding a new real-life story to this section of our website every few days.  Our sole aim is to empower survivors and create a safe space where they can grow and feel supported as they begin to take the first tentative steps towards their own recovery…

However, The Maggie Oliver Foundation is not only for people who have been victims of on-street grooming but for survivors of all faiths and backgrounds including those who have experienced any kind of sexual abuse, including FGM and forced marriage.  Everyone’s experience of sexual abuse is different, and the foundation exists to help all survivors transform their pain into power as they continue on their deeply personal journeys.

One of the real after effects of sexual abuse is that survivors are often extremely isolated, feeling totally forgotten and alone, not knowing where to turn for the help they need to begin to rebuild their shattered lives.

But you are not alone any more!

We are here to support you. Our “Pain into Power” will offer you the opportunity to talk to our empathetic supporters in complete confidence, a trained supporter who understands what you have been through.  Many of our volunteers have their own “lived experience”, which means they are non judgmental and often understand something of what you may be going through or how you may be feeling.

A problem shared is often a problem halved……

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