Unseen's Newsletter
Winter 2015
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Welcome to the first Newsletter of 2015!
 
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WATER bedroomProjects update
 
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.
 
DIY materialsOn 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. 


Interview with Kate Garbers
Kate Garbers is our highly motivated and energetic Managing Director. We thought it was high time we interviewed her about how far the charity’s come since it began back in 2008, what’s next in store and where the challenges lie. We also ask her what she does in her down time - captaining the Ultimate Frisbee GB Team of course!
 

 
Police and Crime Commissioner chooses Unseen
Sue MountstevensUnseen has successfully secured funding from Avon & Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens for a one-year pilot to provide services for victims of human trafficking and modern slavery in the force area.
 
 
The project will enable survivors currently living in the region but struggling with day-to-day life to be given the support they need to get back on their feet. This help could be with finding suitable accommodation, support to access education and employment, plus emotional support from specialists specifically trained to deal with trafficking issues. Click here for more information on the pilot and how victim services within the Avon & Somerset area will now operate.

 
Modern Slavery Bill close to ratification
Enactment and Royal Ascent of the new Modern Slavery Bill will happen before May’s General Election and Unseen is working hard behind the scenes to ensure that survivors’ best interests play an important part of the legislation, as well as the prosecution of traffickers.
 
Alongside this, we are leading a large and growing coalition of businesses, investors, NGOs, politicians and peers calling for improvements to the Transparency in Supply Chains clause that will have real effect in encouraging businesses to disclose what they’re doing to ensure their supply chains are slave-free.
 
A big thank you to everyone who wrote to their MP to ask them to keep this issue high on their agenda. It did work and many received a personal response from their MP with assurances of their support for the bill. Click here to follow the bill’s progress.

 
Food for thought
Appetite pic
Playwright and composer Frances Butt has written a new play called Appetite, due to have its debut reading at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol this weekend in aid of Unseen and fellow local charity One25. The play centres on three women's struggling to survive on their own terms in 1770’s Bristol; a tale of prostitution, slavery, courage, friendship – and good food. 
Appeals update
Thank you to everyone who gave to our recent BBC Radio 4 Appeal and our Christmas Appeal. They raised £15k and £7k respectively, which is fantastic. Funds will help towards providing survivor care at our safe-house and support for women starting out on their own.
Why not become
a room sponsor?
If you'd like to directly help survivors, why not become a Room Sponsor? It's quick and easy to set up and your donations will directly support our vital safe-house project. Visit our website for more information.
The neon triathlete
A big thank you to Claire Brown who, wearing as much neon lycra as possible, took part in five triathlons for Unseen between May and September to highlight the issue of modern slavery. She smashed her target
of £300 by raising £515 (£643.75 with Gift Aid).
A fantastic effort. 
Need inspiration?
Check out our Get Inspired web page. It’s packed with fundraising antics that people done in the name of Unseen, plus a few words about what inspired them. We’d love to help you if you have an idea, so do get in touch.
Summer sun 
Thinking of booking your summer holiday online this year? Why not join over 30 Unseen supporters who have already raised £969.08 for Unseen? Give as you Live allows you to earn money for Unseen just by shopping online. It's easy and costs you nothing. Sign up at
Get Seen For Unseen
We've just had a planning meeting about this autumn's Get Seen For Unseen campaign and it's going to be awesome! Look out for news of it in the coming months...
Get in touch
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