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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...

Why I became a Trustee – Mark Ormiston

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I first met Maggie about 18 months ago working on a project to support her new Foundation and attended the launch event in the summer of 2019. I have known the story of the three girls and the grooming gangs from the local and national media, but meeting Maggie and listening to the guest speakers Harriet Wistrich of CWJ, Professor Tanya Byron, Leanne Browne, Abuse survivors  Fiona Broadfoot, Jessica Cunningham and Apna Haq, at that event really hit home with me how much more work is needed to rid our society of this cruel, wicked way that adults feel they can use young people in that way.

When I heard she was looking for a board of Trustees, with IT skills, I put my name forward and joined the board of Trustees.

I’m a seasoned IT professional being in the industry for over 30 years, I own Eternal Marketing our family business – an exciting digital consultancy, so I have seen many, many changes in the way technology works, but also how technology enables others to deliver a service. So, I saw an opportunity to work with The Maggie Oliver Foundation and my fellow Trustees to guide and implement IT services that make delivering the service of support to the survivors easier. Be it a better system to deliver information directly to Survivors or enabling the Ambassadors to help more survivors directly with secure, remote way (we’re all working from home due to Covid) of capturing and delivering information to the Survivors or relevant authorities. I’m also concerned with making sure all of our data is held in the most secure way possible.

So my work, albeit in the background and not directly delivering service to the survivors, its still valued by the Ambassadors, the Board of Trustees and myself.

Personally I have been very benevolent, I have adopted two children and I am active with another charity helping homeless people in Manchester for the last 6 years, along with serving as parent governor at two school and I see serving as a Trustee of the board and important role to develop this trust to achieve its goals.

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