Hearts of AceFull site coming soon About Hearts of Ace Video Blogs Hearts of Ace Donations About Hearts of Ace Our Purpose Create the united voice of lived experience where survivors of abuse and neglect become powerful change makers in society, coming together to tackle the negative impacts of childhood adversity and working to create a culture focused on the prevention and healing of Adverse Childhood Experiences. 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 that pain and suffering and come 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. They are holistic and understanding, recognise the links between our 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 kids could be kids, free of abuse and maltreatment. Most of all, our world is SAFE and FREE of 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 Space We have created a safe space which allows people to confidently engage in the group interactions in a way that benefits the group, and 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 while working together. These help to remove any inhibitions or fears that any of us may have. We agreed and accepted the following rules for our safe space. Supportive: As a collective, we are and will be supportive of each other Confidentiality: We adopted the Chatham House Rules so that members of the group can speak freely, but they can not reveal or share personal information of members with other members or non-members. ‘When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rules, participants 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. Listen: 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 one another, and recognise the journeys that we have each been on, and be empathetic to each member’s feelings and experiences. 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.