Pauline is one of the WomenMATTA volunteers. She divides her time amongst a number of different volunteer roles, the main one being her role at the Helpdesk at Trafford Magistrates Court. Pauline is also a published poet. The Crying Game is a poem she has written about her experiences working with vulnerable women at court. Check it out :
The Crying Game
I sat and watched her tear stained face
As she stood before the court
She gave a plea of guilty
She said she hadn't thought
She said she did it for her children
To provide them with food to eat
To give them a taste of luxury
Shoes to house their feet.
She cried real tears, so desperate
It was heart rending to me
She cried because reality was evident to see.
Her howls could be heard from the gallery
Full admission to the crime
She said her actions were out of character
No reason or rhyme.
She said she didn't mean it
But knew she was to blame
She had tried to steer away from intention
She hung her head in shame.
Things quicly blew out of proportion
Got swiftly out of hand
She wanted to curl up in a ball
Bury her head in the sand.
Soon she heard of WomenMATTA
They offered her a helping hand
They work with women who need support
They really understand.
The Drop In they run is accessible
With workers and valuable volunteers
Giving time and being available, mopping up the fears.
They offer food and laughter
A safe place for all to be
A place that offers safety and encourages harmony
With woman who respect you for the way you are
Support you when you need it, helping you go far.
So when you feel life's getting you down
And you cannot see the end
Come to WomenMATTA Drop In and I'm sure you'll find a friend.
Thanks Pauline. And thanks to all our amazing volunteers, without whom, none of this would be possible......or half as much fun.
What We Do:
WomenMATTA provide an intensive, holistic support service to women at risk of offending, women at risk of receiving custodial sentences and women who are released from custody after serving a sentence of less than 6 months.
We run a free drop in every Friday 1-4 where we provide a hot lunch, practical support (eg help with housing, benefits etc) and run a different activity each week. This is open to all women (18+) whether or not they are in the criminal justice system. The drop in is held at the Pankhurst Centre, 60-62 Nelson Street, Chorlton on Medlock, Manchester M13 9WP (in the MRI complex).
For more information please contact us on 0161 832 6544.
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