The “Raising My Voice Foundation” was conceived by Nevi (full name Nevres Kemal), an experienced and highly qualified senior social worker with over 20 years of experience of working with society’s most vulnerable children and families.
Your friends, family members, acquaintances and colleagues may well have heard of Nevres – as, in 2007, it was Nevres who blew the whistle to the Department of Health, OFSTED and various other key organisations and individuals (who sadly ignored her) by communicating her grave concerns about the serious failings of Haringey’s Protection of Children within Haringey’s Children’s Services.
Through Nevres’s endeavours to be heard, two OFSTED inspectors were asked to examine Haringey’s safeguarding policy and procedures. No failings were uncovered – but, following the cruel and tragic death of “Baby P”, Ed Balls (Children’s Minister at the time) commissioned OFSTED to examine Haringey’s safeguarding policy and procedures. They found these to be a complete and utter mess. Haringey had failed in their duty to protect and possibly prevent Baby P’s death. The investigation highlighted the tragic, and yet avoidable, death of Baby P at the hands of his so-called carers.
“Every day people suffer because they try to do the right thing” …
What followed was that Nevres was subjected to false accusations, institutional victimisation and racial abuse … simply because she spoke out.
“I know what it feels like to be ignored” ….
Raising My Voice aims to be the voice of the unheard – to assist individuals and families whose voices aren’t heard, who are not listened to or understood; those who are ignored; those who are not given appropriate advice, information or support to enable them to access the services which they and their families need so badly within our health and education authorities; those most vulnerable.
“I know the pain of silence” ….
People – especially children, the young and the poor – can be controlled by abuse, violence and fear. The mission of our foundation is to provide an open door for all. We provide the voice. We speak to the right people, we open doors. Nevres’s sense of injustice was borne out of her own childhood experiences and this propelled her into the world of social work. She fully understands what it’s like to feel silent pain. This gives her the strength and the empathy to fight for others who have suffered injustice.
Do you need help – or even know someone who does?
If you are struggling to get your voice heard – please contact us; that’s why we are here – and it’s what we do best. If you (or anyone you know) needs help or a sympathetic, non-judgemental person to talk to, please come by and see us. We guarantee absolute confidentiality and, should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call us on 020 3609 1454.
Don’t just donate – come and see us, come and meet us, get involved!
There are many, many, many worthy causes that deserve your money. But, if the most vulnerable in society don’t get the help they need and the support they deserve, and as early as possible, the bottom end of our society will fall through – and that affects all of us! The recession is biting back, the markets are in turmoil, government coffers are empty, the world over is suffering – and it is the poorest and most desperate around us that need help the most.
To accomplish our vision of a fully-staffed office, a structured drop-in facility, a telephone helpline, advocacy services and eventually, accommodation, we rely 100% on the generosity of the public. Donations allow us to make vital inroads into the grass roots of the community and serve those who most need help.
To make contribution, please email [email protected]