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Our Ambassadors

Without our Ambassadors there would be no Foundation!

 

Our Ambassadors are based all over the UK and come from all walks of life, they are vital to help The Foundation achieve its objectives and goals and realise its vision. Below are details of some of our Ambassadors.

 

Charlene

My name is Charlene, but I much prefer ‘Chaz’

I am going to be hitting a big birthday next year…..but I’m not saying which 😂

I am a full time foster carer for 4 amazing children, and have been in that role for 10 half years now.
I now foster for my local council, I originally started my role with Barnardo’s

My work background is mainly admin and accounts payable, where I needed to be able to prioritise my workload

I’ve worked for companies such as Cusson International, Turning point, Co-op, Marks and Spencers and I have also worked briefly at Granada Studios.

I’ve never realy had a high flying role, within my work, the furthest I made was Team Leader of 15 people, I never really wanted to be a boss.

I am very much a people person, and I am extremely sociable…however due to my fostering role, socialising is very much a thing of the past…adult wise anyway.

I grew up within a ‘unusual family’, which impacted me greatly. But also taught me many things, which I can bring to my role as an Ambassador at the foundation.

I am compassionate, understanding, non-judgemental and a good listener. I’m great at giving advice to others, but struggle to follow my own advice.

I fight for the underdog, the people with no voices but most importantly I fight for justice.

If I don’t understand a subject and understand how best to deal with it or help with it , I will do my own research in my own time, and at my own expense, until I do.

If I had to say what my weaknesses were…..I would say, my passion and emotion can be seen as aggression. I also expect people to work as hard as I do…but know that isn’t always the case, which can lead to disappointment

I used to be an avid Manchester United fan, where I went to every home and away game during 1985-1994, but the club just outpriced me, so YES, I am now an armchair supporter….no more freezing nights on there terraces. I would much prefer now to attend live concerts…in particular Take That and Liam Gallagher….yes really….Oh did I mention I was born and bred in Manchester

My path crossed with Maggie back in 2002. Unbeknown to me, it would cross again.

I am here to help survivors of CSE turn pain into power.

I am here because I believe in Maggie Oliver and I am here to help build The Maggie Olive Foundation and to help as many survivors as we can reach.

Kate

Hi there, my name is Kate and I live with my partner and our 2 girls aged 8 and 10.

My working background is mainly Marketing. I work for N Brown Plc, an online fashion retailer in Manchester, and I have been there for the last 19 years. I went part-time when I had my children and developed a passion to help others.  I therefore enrolled at college and for the last 4 years I have been studying Counselling and have just recently qualified as an Integrative Counsellor.

I have been a volunteer counsellor at MIND, the mental health charity, for over 2 years where I support clients with mental health issues. I am also a Peer Supporter at The Priory where I help people who are in addiction.  I myself have been sober for over 5 years.

In my spare time (not that I have much!) I love to walk in nature and occasionally get my bike out. I try to keep fit and eat healthily as this has such a positive impact on my mental health. Since going back to college age 45, I have come to realise that I love to learn so I am constantly reading or doing an online course to gain new knowledge.

I have followed Maggie on social media for a few years now and when I saw she was looking for volunteers I jumped at the chance and was over-the-moon when I was accepted to come on board.  I truly believe this foundation can make a difference to survivors and it is a privilege to be able to offer my personal and working experience to help others turn their “Pain into Power.”

Diane

Working in the  Health Service professional currently undertaking the role of a First Responder for North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

My knowledge and skills are maintained  to a high standard. I am a instructor in the health care sector.

I was bestowed an honorary IGNC for my work in the NHS and care sector.

Sherri

I am an exploitation safeguarding nurse and advanced chid sexual exploitation practitioner covering the north East of England. I have always worked within a safeguarding arena and so have extensive knowledge and experience in supporting survivors of abuse . I have worked as a school nurse, health visitor and youth offending nurse with exploitation having been my specialism for the past three years .I am also a member of the Crown Prosecution Service, Rape and Serious Sexual Assault Panel which aims to improve the process’s and outcomes of sexual assault cases. During my career I have worked with survivors of all ages and backgrounds. Whilst I believe we as a country have made great progress in identifying exploitation, there is still so much more to be done and ensuring there is long term support available is extremely important .

Joining the foundation was an absolute must for me , I love being able to share my knowledge, skills and passion for the cause.

Holly

I was a student midwife for 2 years, I gained experience of the high pressured NHS and witnessed women’s emotions being dismissed due to the overcrowded wards and the pressure that the staff were under. This ultimately led to my decision to leave the profession. I then worked in a care home for adults with learning difficulties and mental health challenges. I gained an understanding of life in a care setting and liaised with advocates and social workers regularly. I studied counselling skills whilst I worked in the care setting. I currently work at a pharmacy as a dispenser and I am studying a masters in clinical counselling. As part of my course I do see clients and currently counsel adults with a variety of Presenting issues.

Linda

Linda worked as a postgraduate researcher at Sheffield University, which culminated in gaining a PhD in delineating Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. After that, she had a successful career in Secondary Science Education, and devoted several years to the role as Assistant Student Progress Leader in charge of Biology. For 11 years, Linda worked incredibly hard to support the learning and pastoral needs of pupils aged 11-18 years. And then life took a dramatic turn; she needed to deal with the hurt and pain left behind from abuse that happened nearly five decades ago.

Linda’s healing journey provided time to retrain as an Alternative Medicine Practitioner. It led to spiritual awakening and the discovery of many unknown talents. Over the past 18 months, she has embraced ancient healing wisdom and shares it via a series of self-help books and in her artwork. Her literary skills emerged in the form of metaphorical stories and poems, and therapeutic methodologies that intend to give a new perspective to healing survivors and abuse in society. And perhaps, her watercolour designs give a spiritual nod toward healing our canine friends too.

In 2019, she founded Decus and its subsidiaries to provide specialist healing for survivors to mend the deepest held emotional wounds left behind from abuse. Her strong determination to make a positive difference in the lives of abuse survivors comes in many forms. So, when TMOF asked for volunteers, she jumped at the chance. And is now part of a like-minded team of people with a common goal to help heal the pain and to get justice. Linda’s initial role is research for the asset map and the ‘Pain to Power’ walk in February 2021. She is committed to supporting Maggie and her fantastic team to help make change happen.

Shana

Shana Domestic Abuse Campaigner and NLP Practitioner.
Survivor of 25 Years lived experience of Domestic Abuse, Forced marriages, Exploitation and Modern Slavery.

Using her lived experience, Shana created a programme called the ‘Best Me Programme’ this Is delivered in the community to bring about positive changes, changing behaviours, perceptions of domestic abuse.
Shana is very invested in her community and is part of various organisations from different sectors.
Shana has been recognised locally for the ongoing work she does in her community to prevent DA, Shana has also been recognised nationally for the work she has achieved so far. Shana is an advocate for trauma-informed practices.
“Empowering our society to take action to create a better future for our children. DA is everyone’s business”
As a Muslim woman from a South Asian community, Shana supports the visions of the MO foundation to end abuse of any kind.

Hayley

Hayley who is originally from The Black Country in The Midlands has gone from being “A Black Country Girl” to a “Northern lass” who now lives in Cumbria with her partner and 2 children.

“It took me a few years, (only 41 though) but eventually, I realised that I was at my most content when I was helping people.

I collect items for distribution for the homeless in Birmingham which my sister distributes around the town and I always seem to be the person who everybody goes to in order to be heard.
I enjoyed learning sign language level 1 and I hope to progress on to the next level with that.
But helping others is what makes me truly happy.

After hearing about The Maggie Oliver Foundation and looking into it further, I realised that my principles and passion could and would be of benefit. So I jumped at the opportunity to become an ambassador and I am so proud to say that I am one, and I consider myself to be very lucky to be a part of such an amazing team”

Anita

I’m Anita and I wanted to support The Maggie Oliver Foundation as soon as I learned about it, after watching the BBC mini-series Three Girls and recognising so many of the early scenes it portrayed.

I was born and bred in Bolton, and my first job, part-time whilst at high school was in play care. Here I met, for the first time, several children really struggling, without anyone to fight their corner. This made me feel very lucky, but also that no matter what my ‘day job’ would be, I had to keep trying to help young people who can’t help themselves.

Throughout my English degree at University I continued to work part-time with children, and through my career whilst working full time in project and business management I’ve always volunteered to help young people, mentoring with charities such as Career Ready and Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

My full-time job is in a large IT consultancy, so I’m either commuting to London to see clients, or sat behind a laptop. Perhaps because of the nature of my job, in my spare time I love to be outdoors, and recently moved to the Ribble Valley to be closer to the fells. I’m happiest when stomping up a mountain, and the feeling of fresh air and freedom is something I really crave.

What makes me really passionate about Maggie’s foundation is that it is focused on helping survivors, but also on exposing and putting an end to abuse in the first place. There is the compassion and support for victims, but also relentless persistence in exposing agency failures and holding authorities to account.

I’m here to help raise awareness and funds and do anything I can to help Maggie and the team in this mission.

Follow me on Twitter @MissAnitaB

Jade

My name is Jade and I am a mum and a wife.

I have worked in a accounts assistant/PA role for well over 15 years. I love this job role this is why I have stuck with it for many years. I love to organise, problem solve and engaging with different clients, suppliers and work colleagues.

When Covid hit I got made redundant from my job and it had me thinking that life is too short. I have always worked to pay the bills having become a mum at a young age and never really taken the time
to ask myself what I wanted to do with life I always thought everyone else comes first and I couldn’t possibly do anything else. One thing I had always wanted to do is volunteer and help other people but I always brushed it off thinking I never had what it takes. But I found the Maggie Oliver page and I kept on going back to it and eventually after a good talking to myself I applied. When I got accepted I was over the moon. I believe that if we stand up for what is right that we can make a change. And I am proud to be one of the ambassadors.

Lisa

Lisa is an accredited Play Therapist working with children who experience social and emotional difficulties. As part of her work, Lisa supports families including those in foster and adoptive care and enjoys working alongside external

Agencies such as social services, mental health organisations and other such support groups.

 

Lisa has worked as a Nanny which saw her travel across the world before spending time as a nursery nurse.

She volunteered for SOVA – working with teenage women on probation- helping them to rejoin society with a developed and more positive attitude.

Lisa graduated from Canterbury Christchurch University in 2014 and-having volunteered for two years across several schools in West and North Yorkshire- she decided to set up her own business in Therapeutic Services straight away.

PrIor to this, Lisa volunteered for Childline where she enjoyed the role of phone-line counsellor on the late night shift. Lisa learnt many skills throughout this time and realised her true passion for supporting families- even from this remote point of view.

In her spare time Lisa enjoys keeping fit and active and was once a taekwondo instructor working alongside young people, using physical activity to help manage emotions and alleviate negativity.

She is a keen cyclist and has ran several events raising money for various charities over the years.

( Lisa used to work as a celebrity lookalike whereupon she met some amazing celebrities on the red carpet).

Lisa was aware of the situation in Rochdale and was keen to find out more about how she could use her skills to help and support those affected. She is looking forward to working with the Foundation and already feels part of a team with a shared vision of how to make the best positive changes to the existing system.

CATHERINE

Catherine is a Deputy Headteacher who has been in education for 22 years.

She is currently working an independent Special Educational Needs School in Preston.

She graduated from University of Northumbria at Newcastle in 1997 with a BA(Hons) in Music  and Creative Arts. Following this, she studied a further degree at University of Sunderland in Music Education and decided to follow the route of teaching.

Throughout her career, Catherine has particularly enjoyed supporting families from varying demographics and has witnessed first hand when higher powers ignore those who need support the most. She has chaired many multi-agency meetings involving the police, CAHMS, social services and educational professionals and is a fully trained CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Ambassador.

In 2007, after a long campaign, Catherine was successful in attaining the Diana Award for Antibullying in schools, becoming the first middle school in Northumberland to achieve this prestigious accolade.

This was the platform for further work centred around equality and diversity within educational settings and Catherine soon became busy acting as a consultant in schools offering training on how to produce a more inclusive curriculum.

In Dec 2019 Catherine resigned from her position as DHT and was offered the role of Senior Mental Health Lead across Northumberland. She then went on to work for Stonewall, the largest human rights organisation in Europe , training schools across the UK in all aspects linked to equality and diversity.

Catherine enjoys volunteering and was a Special Constable for Northumbria Police in 1999 whilst studying at university.

Most recently she volunteered for the charity ‘Contact the Elderly’, an organisation which helps combat loneliness amongst the elderlygeneration by offering a bespoke befriending service.

Originally from Lancashire, Catherine enjoys cycling and is a keen musician- she has played keyboard in live bands across the North East since she started at university. Most recently with the band Union Street who play for many corporate events, weddings and celebrations.

Catherine first heard of Maggie Oliver years ago when news of the Rochdale grooming hit the media. She is very much looking forward to becoming more involved with the Foundation and being a part of something with such a positive objective.

Sandra

My name is Sandra.  I am a widow with 2 grown up children.
I’ve always worked in retail and my main role was as a manager at Debenhams, where I had worked most of my life.  My last post was in the World Duty free as a sales adviser at Manchester Airport.
I am a family coach for Emerging Futures who are part of the CGL group which are the drug and alchol team in Manchester.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, walking, reading, and socialising.
The reasons why I wanted to be a part of The Maggie Oliver Foundation, is that I’ve always had a passion for helping vulnerable people, and I feel that my role as a family coach could help those that have been victims of Child Sexual Exploitation and grooming ‘turn their pain into power’

Tracy

 

Having a son who’s in recovery from substance misuse, I wanted to understand addiction so I could help him and myself recover and repair a fractured relationship.

The pain as a mother of not being able to help him with his torment, led me to educate myself on addiction. Gaining various qualifications. Family coach training Train the trainer, Level 2 Counselling, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma Informed Environment, PTTLs .

I set up family support groups across Manchester, helping other families understand and support their loved ones.

I read, spoke to many recovering addicts and their families, so I investigated addiction more in depth.

I currently Family Lead Coach, Manchester for Emerging Futures and facilitate Family RAMP for Acorn. I also co facilitate the Counselling Level 2 for Acorn Academy and facilitate Recovery/Family coach training for Emerging Futures, all on a voluntary basis.

It became very apparent that trauma was cause of most suffering addiction.

I learnt about Maggie through a family member, who is now a close friend and became interested in the Foundation.

I observed many similarities with family struggles of a loved ones suffering and the support that can be given to both victim and family.

Due to my experience around trauma, addiction and supporting families, I felt I could help in some way. Even if it’s offering training and support to those on the telephone lines.

I have a great passion for helping others to be the best they can be.

Mike

I am married with two grown up children and three grand children

I have a previous Military (Army), Police and Legal background.

I am qualified in law by way of a Law Degree from the University of Wales in 1997 and a distinction in the New York Bar examination gained in 2014

As well as being a proud Ambassador (recently accepted) into the Maggie Oliver Foundation I am a Private Investigator ad part time Law Lecturer preparing students for the New York Bar examinations

My interests / hobbies are in the field of Martial Arts and Alternative Therapies.

The therapies which I am qualified in include:

 

Hypnotherapy

I gained a qualification In April 2005when I qualified as a Certified Hypnotherapist under Terence Watts of the Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy this was after completion of a

2 year Professional Practitioners course.

My reason for pursuing the course was to be able, after qualifying to help clients with their everyday problems like anxiety, stress and various phobias

as part of the above course I was also trained to use

Hypnoanalysis.

Briefly, Hypnoanalysis uses various techniques to allow the subconscious mind to reveal the original cause of the problem so that, working together, the client and therapist can understand and resolve the origin of the problem rather than just treat the symptom.

 

Reiki

 

In 2006 I trained under a local Usui Reiki Master Jenifer Thomas (Pontardulais) for my Reiki level 1 and 2, then in 2007 I travelled up to Llandudno where I completed my Reiki Master level (Practitioner / Teacher) qualifications under Padma O’Gara.

As a Reiki Practitioner my aim was to offer the Reiki healing treatment to as wide an audience as possible, hence, I occasionally arrange to give talks to local groups and organizations to ‘spread the word’ as it were also outline the benefits of receiving this awesome treatment.

 

Hypnosis

 

I also hold qualifications as a Master Hypnotist Practitioner which I gained through the Joseph Clough Training Academy in Cambridge and as a Certified Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists who are based in Merrimack, New Hampshire. USA both of which were gained by way of training and practical examination in 2007, and both of which are appropriate in conjunction with my Hypnoanalysis therapy

 

Furthermore I am also privileged through examination and practical experience to hold Membership of the European Institute of Forensic Hypnosis which I am attempting to promote to the legal profession for use in both Criminal and Civil Trials.

The use of Forensic Hypnosis is already widely used in both Europe and America to assist in defendant and witness evidence recall.

 

I have experience in handling and dealing with clients / patients with physical and mental injuries, along with PTSD.

 

More importantly, I am an abuse survivor and as a result have also received counselling and help for PTSD after my time within the Armed Forces, I therefore fully appreciate what the Survivors referred to The Maggie Oliver Foundation have been going through.

I feel that this experience holds me in good stead to be able to offer practical skills and experience in my role as one of the Ambassadors with The Foundation.

Julia

Hello! I am married to Steve and we have 6 grown up children.

I started my working life, a very long time ago, in advertising and marketing in a production role. Once I had my children I re-trained and eventually enjoyed a new career supporting children with additional needs in a local primary school. This progressed to a further 15 years working within Early Years. I was always drawn to supporting families and left in 2015 to start my own childminding business. I employed my daughter and we enjoyed providing a warm, nurturing and stimulating environment for children where we were able to develop fantastic relationships with lots of wonderful families.

Despite my background in Education and on-going training in Safeguarding and Child Protection it came as a huge shock to discover a close family member was a victim of grooming and CSE. This led to heart breaking events around self-harm, overdoses and drug and alcohol abuse. Around this time ‘The Three Girls’ was brought to my attention and that was when I first heard about Maggie Oliver.

Unfortunately at the end of last year I was devastated to have to close my business due to ill health, so when the opportunity arose to apply to the foundation as a volunteer it felt like perfect timing.

I feel very honoured to be part of a truly amazing team of people. I believe that together we will make a difference. I am deeply passionate about raising awareness of abuse and am excited to be able to help support survivors turn their pain into power!

Jess

I am currently a third-year law student at De Montfort University, I have undertaken various roles within local government that has fuelled my passion to be a voice for those who are in need the most. This led me to studying law at a later time in my life so that I can continue to help those in need. My career goal is to qualify as a solicitor in an area of law which allows me to further my expertise and take on increased responsibility.

 

I also volunteer for the Citizens Advice Witness Service which gives me an insight into the criminal justice system and court procedures.

 

After watching the ‘three girls’ I was in ore with Maggie Oliver for a while after seeing the passion and dedication she has with young people who have suffered the evil of sexual child abuse.  I wanted to help the MOF and contribute with the transferable skills I have and achieve positive outcomes for survivors of child sexual abuse.  My aim to is research into the law and find the ‘loopholes’ to where sometimes the criminal justice system and people of higher authority fail and let us down.

 

I am a mother of three beautiful children, they are what motivate me the most to want to protect and keep safe all children who need support.

In my spare time I enjoy walks, travelling and socialising with friends.  I always have open ears and as most would say, I love to talk too!!

 

‘Let’s turn pain into power.’

 

Jess xxx

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