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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...
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 same. Like most companies expectations grew but manning level dwindled. My team members always complimented me on my patience and listening skills and commented that I would make an excellent counsellor.
So 4 years ago I started to do just that and I ventured on my counselling journey whilst working full-time. The Pandemic gave me the breathing space needed to stop and listen to what is important.  Not a high flying career in aviation but helping those in need. I am currently in the last months of my training,
I am now a volunteer counsellor in a drugs and dependency clinic as well as a volunteer counsellor in a rape and sexual support centre. 
I like the variety of both placements. Both groups have had to deal with trauma in one way or another.  July 2020 brought me to the Maggie Oliver Foundation. Like most people I am blown away by the courage and determination Maggie has to make a difference. Helping out on the phone line is rewarding in knowing that this one phone call could be a life changing experience for someone who had been let down by some many in the past. 
Due to the nature of my work I am ensuring that self-care is high on my agenda. I relax by going for a hike or travelling which is my passion.

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