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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 Abassador

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...
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...

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...

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...

Annie

Hello. I am married with 5 grown up children and nana to 2 cheeky boys!I’ve had several jobs in the past ranging from accounts clerk to learning support assistant. But far the most fun and rewarding is being a mum and nana.I’m very young at heart and love lots of fun...

Beth

Hi there, my name is Beth. I am in my final year of university, studying criminology. I have been a volunteer for the NHS check and chat line and CRISIS/SHOUT chatline, which helps to support individuals who are in a mental health crisis. I have also completed various...

Joanne

Hi, my name is Joanne. I have spent 24 years working in education most recently as a headteacher. I went into teaching because I wanted to make life better for children and believed I had the unique ability to be able to do that. And I hope I have been able to impact...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Matilda

Having studied Politics as an undergraduate I am now completing a masters course in International Development, Sustainability and Social Justice, which has opened my eyes to the injustices in this country and across the world. For me, I’ve seen just how great an...

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...

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...
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