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...


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...

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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