The Sanctuary Trust support the Maggie Oliver Foundation

Maggie Oliver is best known as the Detective-turned- whistle-blower who resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 in order to expose the now infamous Rochdale Grooming Scandal. Her ability to connect with people and encourage them to speak out against injustice paired with her grit and determination to expose the truth. This eventually led to the multi award-winning dramatisation of the case entitled Three Girls (BBC One) which brought some of the issues to public attention for the first time. Maggie was also a key contributor for The Betrayed Girls documentary (BBC One)

Maggie's relationship with the victims of child grooming continues to this day, still fighting for justice for the people of Rochdale.

This has now led to The Maggie Oliver Foundation being set up with the focus on helping survivors to 'Transform Pain into Power'

The sanctuary Trust has donated space within one of its accommodation for the Foundation to start its life in Rochdale.   The Maggie Oliver Centre, Rochdale, for women, it will be run by volunteers and survivors who will be able to provide a much needed and valued support to those who have been affected by sexual abuse, and help them access support, legal advice therapy as well as training and education.

The centre will be open to all faiths and backgrounds, a hub for women to integrate and build relationships, Mums & tot's groups, coffee mornings, art classes, workshops and access to support networks and services.

The Maggie Oliver Foundation is actively looking to engage with corporate sponsorship and funding to support this very much needed centre.  For more information please visit https://www.themaggieoliverfoundation.com/John & Maggie Oliver


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Sanctuary Trust works with homelessness and homeless related poverty and emergency homeless issues. God's Sanctuary was the vision of Sheila Halsall after seeing the level of homelessness Rochdale and later the homelessness Conwy and the substance misuse such as Drugs and Alcohol. By Providing emergency shelter for the homeless in supported housing services funded mainly through Supporting People we assist other providers such as Shelter homelessness, Petrus and Stepping Stones who are also supporting people through women's and men's hostels and floating support. We also have STEP Emergency overnight provision. With our work in Wales we partner with Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as they provide financial help for homeless through emergency shelter and their Supporting People funds. There are different kinds of accommodation available but what is needed is good quality supported accommodation with a strong business and development plan. We have also provided consultancy service to help others move closer to an answer to homelessness. Our social enterprise company, Sanctuary Trust Enterprises runs Noah's Ark Play Centre, The Storehouse Charity Shop.