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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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Olivia

Olivia is the Child Abuse and Exploitation Policy Lead at the Centre for Social Justice. Prior to this she was Special Adviser to the Home Secretary on Crime, Policing and Vulnerability where she worked extensively on the Domestic Abuse Bill, Online Safety Bill and...

Sonja

My name is Sonja and I have been working 32 years for a Dutch Airline. I am Dutch. I progressed in my company from check-in agent to supervisor and the last 20 years  as manager. I carried the responsibility for not just my team but also our customers. No day was the...

Kelly

Kelly is a survivor who wanted to give something back to the team of people who supported her when she needed help and guidance.She is a keen fundraiser and has participated in several events-helping to raise money for various charities. Kelly-Ann has a passion to...

Suzi

I joined TMOF as an ambassador to help our brave survivors turn their Pain into Power. and live their life to the fullest despite the challenges they have faced. I love being part of a team of like-minded caring people, all with the same aims. Our Foundation is...

Tracey

Hi I am Tracey, I am a phoneline Ambassador for Maggie Oliver foundation.  I have worked with survivors of domestic abuse and also in a women's refuge,.   I am trained in person centred therapy. I worked with people that are struggling with Bereavement.  I also worked...

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