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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 Ambassador

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...

The Next Chapter…

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Survivors of sexual abuse are at the forefront of our Charity, and for the past 10 months we have been working non-stop to transform our vision into a reality. Starting from absolutely nothing, we designed our logo and brand, brought on board trustees and now volunteers, spent countless hours writing business plans, exploring complex legal issues to win our Charity status and Charity number, whilst still supporting survivors.

Maggie continues her campaigning work alongside this on both a local and national platform, with a great deal going on behind the scenes.

Fundraisers have helped raise money for The Foundation by organising sponsored events by climbing Mount Snowden, running marathons, donating raffle prizes and even writing a song for us which has become our ‘theme tune’.

Following lots of hard work and headaches, we organised a fabulous Christmas fundraising night at Shrigley Hall where we raised an unbelievable £10,000 to help us open the pilot Centre and our heartfelt thanks go out to the many who helped make this such a success.

And we did it! In early February, thanks to the incredible generosity of The Sanctuary Trust giving us a small premise where we could begin the next chapter, we quietly opened the first pilot Maggie Oliver Centre in Rochdale. This was all thanks to the determination, commitment and tireless work of special people, and so we began to offer weekly meetings to survivors of sexual abuse who can self refer and come along and join us. These meetings have quickly become a highlight of the week, where a coffee and bacon sandwiches accompany a listening ear as survivors begin to transform their Pain into power…

The next chapter has begun, as we work with survivors to create the Centre they want. Our pilot Centre is very small though and now we urgently need our own premises so we can offer what survivors tell us they need. We need funding, to build more local partnerships and then we can make our Centre a unique oasis of kindness, support, understanding and empowerment for the many who are otherwise lost in isolation…

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