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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...

Jen is a brave survivor of the most horrific sexual abuse who still struggles every single day……

I WAS REPEATEDLY RAPED, SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, BEATEN AND TORTURED. At the age of four when I lived with my parents, I suffered from emotional abuse and beatings. At the age six until the age of thirteen I was raped, penetrated, sexually assaulted and beaten by few white...

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...
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!

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