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...


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


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 Abassador

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...

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 addiction. Gaining various qualifications. Family coach training Train the trainer, Level 2 Counselling, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma Informed Environment, PTTLs .

I set up family support groups across Manchester, helping other families understand and support their loved ones.

I read, spoke to many recovering addicts and their families, so I investigated addiction more in depth.

I currently Family Lead Coach, Manchester for Emerging Futures and facilitate Family RAMP for Acorn. I also co facilitate the Counselling Level 2 for Acorn Academy and facilitate Recovery/Family coach training for Emerging Futures, all on a voluntary basis.

It became very apparent that trauma was cause of most suffering addiction.

I learnt about Maggie through a family member, who is now a close friend and became interested in the Foundation.

I observed many similarities with family struggles of a loved ones suffering and the support that can be given to both victim and family.

Due to my experience around trauma, addiction and supporting families, I felt I could help in some way. Even if it’s offering training and support to those on the telephone lines.

I have a great passion for helping others to be the best they can be.

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