Leader of Waveney abuse charity retires

 Maureen Duckworth (Coordinator) being presented with retirement flowers by Drena Black, Chair of Tr

Maureen Duckworth (Coordinator) being presented with retirement flowers by Drena Black, Chair of Trustees. - Credit: Archant

The coordinator of the biggest forum in Suffolk is saying goodbye to the organisation.

Maureen Duckworth, 62, from Beccles Road, has been at the helm of the Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum for 5 years and her hard work has benefitted victims of abuse across the area.

She signed off from her role after the final meeting and AGM of the year held at The Kirkley Centre. Mrs Duckworth's work, along with her dedicated team, has seen the forum provide a range of projects and support.

They have specialised in issues around mental health so that now, GPs make sure victims contact details are safe for them to be contacted and if an assessment is needed that it is carried out in a safe place not at their home.

'When I started with the forum they had no office and worked from home. For me to then establish it so that we are now the biggest forum in Suffolk was great. The support is out there and we try our hardest to raise awareness so people can get help and not feel isolated. We provide a service that moves them forward and allows them to live a better life,' she said.

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Mrs Duckworth has dedicated her time and effort to improving the lives of victims and vulnerable people and providing the support they need.

She has also worked tirelessly in educating the community through the production of leaflets, posters and at the same time, keeping the GP's, hospitals and police up to date. Before she took on the role as coordinator, she had worked in various roles within the care sector.

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'I have worked since I was 15 and only had two years off to have three children. I worked in the youth service for ten years as a youth worker, social worker and also at a residential home for abused children. I was then a registered care manager working for Abigail Care, Anglian Care and Crossroads. I think I finally deserve a rest so I'm walking away- I want to try my hand at photography', she added.

The forum has continued to offer a range of projects across Waveney.

The Caring Dads programme has begun to re-educate men on how to become a good father and the trauma therapy programme has provided support and advice for victims along with the Dignity Group.

Among the guest speakers at the AGM were Tim Passmore- the Suffolk Police and Crime Comissioner, along with Waveney MP Peter Aldous.

Mrs Duckworth is confident that the forum will continue to flourish under her successor.

'I don't work alone- I have a fabulous team around me who I would like to thank for all their hard work. I couldn't have done my job without them. I can guarantee my successor will get all support that is needed- the work is so fulfilling and you take pride in what you do', she said.

Do you know someone who has helped others? E-mail joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk.

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