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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 Staff
Rick Pendlebury

Rick Pendlebury

Operations Manager

Rick is our Operation Manager and is responsible for all aspects of running our Pain Into Power phoneline. When you contact the Foundation, Rick’s is likely to be the first friendly voice that you hear. He has been absolutely fundamental in building the Foundation and will turn his hand to anything: supporting survivors, advocating for them with statutory services, building and managing our CRM system and growing partnerships. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rick spent over two decades as a police officer which has provided valuable insight into how the system can fail victims, strengthening his desire to help them to turn their Pain Into Power.

Jennie Lucas

Jennie Lucas

Business Manager

Jennie is Business Manager at The Maggie Oliver Foundation, supporting on fundraising and strategic development. As an accredited trauma-informed educator, she’ll also be providing training to our ambassadors. She started her career in finance spending 13 years leading the European investment team of a NYSE listed property fund. After the birth of her son, now 6, she looked for a career that was more connected to “the real world”. She was instrumental in establishing, Little Village, one of the country’s largest baby bank charities supporting over 11,000 children last year and becoming a leading voice in the campaign against child poverty in the UK. Jennie is still a proud trustee of the charity. She is also Chair of Out There, a charity supporting families of prisoners who are often the invisible victims of crime.
During her second maternity leave, Jennie trained to teach restorative justice to female offenders in prisons. Spending 6 weeks with small groups of women, she’d work with them to identify the ripple effect of their crimes. For many, this was a difficult journey as they reflected on traumatic past events that had led to their offending, sometimes involving sexual abuse in their childhoods. This led Jennie to the Foundation to use her skills to give survivors a voice and to support them in turning their Pain Into Power.

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