It’s been a busy few months at the women’s safe-house and we’ve recently said goodbye to four residents and welcomed four new ones. It’s always a mixture of emotions when women leave – sadness that they are going, pride for what they have achieved during their stay and excitement about what their future holds for them. We are immensely privileged to be able to work with amazing women who have so much courage in overcoming their trafficking experiences.
Like Helena and Tatti, who recently joined us. Due to past experiences, they were very distrustful of authorities. However, now that they are safe and have been encouraged by staff, they have gained a lot more confidence and are now thinking of reporting their trafficking experiences to the UK Police. This is a big step for them and hugely important if we are to create an accurate picture of this crime and enable the police tackle it effectively and prosecute criminals.
On a more practical level, thanks to generous donations of DIY materials from supporters just before Christmas, everyone at the house has been taking part in redecorating bedrooms and common areas of the building. Not only did it create team-bonding, it also gave women new skills to take with them when they start out on their own.
Our Children’s and Men’s Projects are being developed and we are now in the process of finding suitable properties for them. It’s proving difficult with the current property market, but we hope to report back with more information in our next Newsletter.