What We Do

Our Services

At the present time we are partnering with the Clewer Initiative and other agencies to develop seamless support for survivors from the time of release to successful integration into society. This will necessitate:

  • Providing accommodation – Our focus is on providing immediate safe and secure accommodation for women who have escaped from slavery while recognising that the ultimate goal is the reintegration of survivors into normal daily life.
  • Provision of support including counselling – We recognise the vital role which professional counsellors will provide for those who have suffered the trauma of slavery and have negotiated with a practise for the provision of such support by BACP accredited counsellors
  • Assisting with access to education – We will be working with qualified teachers of English as a foreign language to develop the linguistic skills of those who need such support. We are also discussing with the providers of IT training their ability to provide dedicated intervention.
  • Enhancing life skills – We are able to provide through a national organisation dedicated and individual training in budgeting and money management. Likewise we are able to support individuals in benefit claims and to refer them to appropriate legal advice on other issues should this be required.
  • Supporting movement to employment – We have developed links with West Somerset Employment Hubs who will provide dedicated support for individuals seeking employment including advice on retraining and the enhancement of skills. We will also be seeking to partner with employers in the area to arrange for opportunities for work experience.
  • Volunteer training – All our volunteers will have appropriate training and their role will include befriending and supporting survivors assisting in the development of friendships and community links without which social isolation is likely and recovery will be impaired.
  • Raising awareness of the extent and nature of modern day slavery – We will work with community and faith groups, schools and colleges and in public arenas to raise awareness of the existence of modern day slavery and to provide training and support for businesses in identifying and countering this practice.

During the summer of 2022 a project of commissioned art works developed and managed a month long art display in Somerset to raise awareness of modern day slavery exhibiting commissions in outlets across the area. Numerous conversations occurred and over 2500 information leaflets were distributed.

We remain grateful for all who contributed whether by providing, displaying, or discussing the works and the issues raised.

The Chocolate War Documentary

During the latter part of 2022 as part of a wider awareness raising campaign we showed the documentary film The Chocolate War following the efforts of campaigners to sue major confectionery firms for their use of child slave labour.

Watch the trailer below for further details of these horrific allegations: