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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...

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...
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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