Hearts of ACEFull site coming soon Video Blogs Hearts of ACE Donations About Hearts of ACE About Hearts of ACE Our Purpose We are the united voice of lived experience for survivors of child abuse and neglect. By using our voice of lived experience, we aim to become powerful change makers in society, coming together to tackle the negative impacts of childhood trauma and working to influence local and national policies. Our goal is to create a culture focused on the prevention and healing of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We offer peer support but not therapeutic support. We can recommend organisations which do offer support. Please email [email protected] for further details. Our World Our vision for a new world is one that is non-judgmental. It respects us, attaching no stigma to us and the pain and suffering that we have endured. It is empathetic to our pain and suffering and comes from a place of love and compassion. “I want to help others to have a voice to know they aren't alone” Our world is informative and educational, where we are respected, valued and listened to. It has caring systems that are safe and supportive for everyone and gives access to all who need it. It is holistic and understanding, recognising the links between trauma and addiction and mental health. “I don’t want others to suffer the way I have suffered” Our world is inspirational. It recognises and celebrates the incredible strengths and spirit of those who have survived their trauma. “I'm just looking forward to trying to change the world [..]there's so many kids in danger and suffering trauma on a daily basis” It is a world where all children are free from abuse and maltreatment. Most of all, our world is safe and free from anxiety. “The more we all speak out its better. It is very difficult for every human to speak out about things society tells us is our shame [and] not the perpetrators” Safe SpaceWe have created a safe space which allows people to confidently engage in group interactions in a way that benefits the group, and which allows each person to grow in confidence and self-esteem. We have a set of rules that we, as a group of individuals, have agreed to adhere to, and which describe the way that we will communicate or interact with each other (and with non members). These help to remove any inhibitions or fears that any of us may have. Rules for our safe space. Be supportive: We are and will continue to be supportive of each other Confidentiality: We adopted the Chatham House Rules so that members of the group can speak freely, and members will not reveal or share personal information of any member(s) with anyone without their express consent. ‘When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rules, members are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.’ Choice: All members choose what they share within the group. Honesty: We encourage honesty, openness and transparency within the group. Active listening: We will listen and allow people to speak without interruption and we will listen to learn, rather than listen to reply Respectful and empathetic: We will be respectful of each another, and recognise the journeys that we have each been on, and be empathetic to each member’s feelings and experiences. Be responsible: We will act responsibly, recognising the vulnerabilities within the group. Humility: We will practice and show humility. Love and Compassion: We come into the group and act within it, from a place of love and compassion.