A former Hucknall woman has launched a website to support fellow females who grew up with an absent father.
Amy, whose family still live in the town, moved to Thailand after a spell there during her gap year, and works as an English teacher and blogger.
The 26 year-old has set up a site called We Are Soaring as a community base for the ‘empowerment of adult women who grew up with a physically or emotionally absent dad’.
“I created We Are Soaring in the hope that it will help women to reject the victim mindset and choose empowerment,” explained Amy.
“Importantly, it’s also for the men and women who support their empowerment.”
Amy’s motivation to set up the site is because she knows first hand what it’s like to grow up with an absent father.
“We Are Soaring is a 100 per cent positive force and the focus is always on empowerment - never hate or blame,” added Amy who has lived in Chiang May, Thailand, for over two years.
“Millions of women around the world grew up without a dad, which often negatively affects them.
“There’s a definite lack of communication about this, so a lot of fatherless women feel ashamed and silenced.
“We Are Soaring wants to help these women by publishing interviews with people who can share why and how they have chosen empowerment, or why they support the empowerment of fatherless women.”
Future hopes to expand the support offered include physical and online workshops as well as increasing the resources to get people talking about fatherless women.
“I want to get artists heavily involved where they can showcase their ‘art to empower’; be that painting and illustration, short film pieces, music, writing etc.” added Amy. “ I welcome all ideas for the We Are Soaring community.
“I want to break the silence.”