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What a year! We’ve gone from finding our feet to spreading our wings

Written by TMOF volunteer ambassador - Dr Linda Jane Newby A celebration of our achievements in 2021 2021 was a truly transformational year for The Maggie Oliver Foundation. As we start a busy new year with lots more exciting plans, we wanted to pause to reflect on...

NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, it has taken me a lifetime to build up the courage to write this, but here we go….. I was born in 1966, a brother to a loving family in London and my parents at the time were hard working and for all their work...

Poem by John Roedel

my brain and heart divorced a decade ago over who was to blame about how big of a mess have become eventually, they couldn't be in the same room with each other now my head and heart share custody of me stay with my brain during the week and my heart gets me on...

This is my life, written down on paper

My name is ‘Rosie’. This is my life written down on paper. My childhood was not a very good one. My parents were heroin addicts and as you can imagine they were not very good at being parents. Throughout my whole life I had no boundaries no one to tell me off. I was...

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 Came as a Survivor, now I am an Ambassador

Categories - Survivor Stories

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 abused and so many others as well.

I got in touch with The Foundation because I’m entitled to justice as well. The foundation has and still is helping me massively, they replied straight away and we spoke on many occasions, the foundation helps many people like myself but I wasn’t pushed to one side even though they are very busy, they haven’t labelled me and as well they spoke to me normally and with compassion and trust me that means a lot.

I am now proud to say I am actually an Ambassador  at the foundation myself and I work at care services as well.

Oh my days when I applied to the foundation I was really nervous but when they got in touch and said that I had got the position I was over noon I cried tears of happiness reason been I know I can make a difference to these survivors I am one of them survivors that has turned pain into power but as well power doesn’t go to our heads.

I have plenty of empathy, understanding and most of all real life experience and as well I have boundaries and that helps people like myself hugely. So I am proud and privileged that I am part of this wonderful team and as well that I’m going to be able to make a difference to other survivors as well.

As well together I have broke the cycle of abuse.  Perpetrators aren’t in control of my life anymore and that’s somewhere else me and the foundation can make a difference.

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