What the participants say

In order to get better I need to be open with myself. This was an opportunity to speak out.

The project gave me the courage to face up to things I was in denial about - I have grown.

I refuse to be ashamed of my story anymore.

Our project partnerships champion stories that often go unreported and unheard. We approached the Maya Centre with the idea of creating storytelling workshops for women who have been affected by trauma including domestic violence, abuse in childhood and sexual violence.

With funding from Awards for All, we worked alongside the charity to develop and deliver a pilot series of workshops to empower women to tell their story in their own way, in a safe space. The practical workshops gave each participant real-world experience of storytelling techniques, audio storytelling, blogging, interviewing and presentation skills.

The project gave the women the confidence to share their stories with other women and helped to alleviate the social isolation that often results from severe trauma. The stories were also shared at a feedback event with staff at the Maya Centre and other charities, and had a powerful effect on every listener. The audio was played at an event at the House of Lords where women’s organisations, local councils and MPs were asked to listen. It was a deeply moving and inspiring project to be involved in, and reinforced our commitment to supporting people with vital stories to tell in order to raise awareness and encourage conversation on the issue.

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What the Maya Centre say

The Maya Centre’s collaboration with Jude on the development and delivery of the ‘My Voice’ project enabled women who had never spoken publicly or even to friends and families about their very traumatic experiences of sexual abuse and domestic violence to speak about what they had experienced and have gone on to become resilient survivors. We found Jude to be compassionate, caring and very thoughtful whilst working with our clients and hope to work collaboratively again in the future.

Tahera Aanchawan, Maya Centre

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