Unseen's Newsletter
Winter 2014
 
A survivor wants to thank you! 
We’ve had an incredibly busy few months at Unseen. Over Christmas, our women’s safe-house celebrated with a festive communal meal, gorgeous gifts and an outing to a local pantomime!
 
As always, we rely on your support to help us bring relief to women who have suffered a great deal. It’s hard to put into words the difference you help us make, so we thought we would share this card made by a survivor. The inside reads: 'Thank you for everything. Me and my baby now have a chance of a new life.'
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Countdown to launching our children’s project
You may have seen our Christmas Appeal to raise £100,000 in 100 days for our new project to help child victims of trafficking. Unseen has been working on this project for two years and it will be the first of its kind in the UK, giving specialist care and accommodation to vulnerable, exploited children. To date, we have raised £34,000 from supporters and charitable trusts! But we’ve still some way to go until we can open our doors.
 
If you've not given to the appeal, you can still do so here. We’d also love your help to spread the word to friends, relatives, colleagues, businesses, churches etc. Please email info@unseenuk.org for details of how to help or if you can distribute appeal postcards.
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Interview with Children’s Project Manager
Our Children’s Project Manager joined Unseen in April last year to design and implement our new care and accommodation service for child victims of trafficking. She has spent much of her time building links with local authorities, children’s commissioning bodies, police, social workers and NGOs working in this field, as well as creating the policies and protocols for the house. For the full interview, follow this link.  
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Unseen honoured for its work  
We were delighted to receive not one but two awards at the end of last year! The first was from the Centre for Social Justice for our work in tackling inequality and was presented at a star-studded ceremony in London hosted by Davina McCall. The second was an Influencer Award given by the Directory of Social Change to Andrew Wallis for his unstinting work in the field of trafficking and modern slavery.
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Modern Slavery Bill nearing statute books
Theresa May’s announcement of a Modern Slavery Bill to tackle modern slavery was greeted with enthusiasm by Unseen. Our CEO, Andrew Wallis, had the privilege of working with Frank Field MP on the Report of the Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review which will now inform the further drafting of the bill.
 
“We welcome the draft bill,” said Unseen's CEO Andrew Wallis, “but encourage the Government to have the ambition to go further in pre-legislative scrutiny to ensure that we have a bill that will see the increased prosecution of human traffickers, greater protection of victims, and the involvement of business in ensuring their supply chains and business practices are free of modern slavery. All of these things are vital but the chief prize is primary legislation, which we are close to achieving.”
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Fundraising round-up
As always, our supporters have done us proud over the past few months, running, wrapping and raising funds for Unseen. A big thank you goes to:
  • The Giving Club girls donated £279 as a group of friends – enough to buy 28 care packages for survivors arriving at the safe-house.
  • The lovely Lydia who gave so many beautifully wrapped gifts this Christmas that women at the safe-house and in our resettlement programme had presents to open on the day! (If anyone would like to donate gifts, please email info@unseeunuk.org for details.)
  • Francis Miller not only raised £394 by doing the London to Brighton cycle ride, but also entered Unseen into his company’s giving scheme, where Unseen received a £2,000 donation from Lloyds Charities Trust! 
  • Teleperformance in Bristol held a book sale in their work café and raised £56.30 – equivalent to 22 meals for a woman at our safe-house.
Join us for Bristol 10k!
We're looking for runners for the Bristol 10k on 11th May. We'll be offering weekly training sessions and a training plan for those who join the Unseen team and are raising funds for us. For more details, see our web page or the Bristol 10k website.
Unseen in the news
Trafficking and modern slavery have featured consistently in recent press, and Unseen has been there to offer advice to police, media and ministers. Click on each for details: 
1Operation Wanderer - three victims were found during raids at six locations in the South West in November.
2. Three women held captive in London. Interview with CNN International, 21st November.
3. Article for The Guardian online: 'Business holds the key to eradicating modern slavery’. 
Shop online? Raise money without spending any extra
To date, our supporters have raised nearly £800, just by shopping online! Give as you Live is a clever device that ensures for every online purchase you make through retailers such as Amazon, Lastminute.com, Expedia, thetrainline  etc , the retailer donates a percentage to Unseen! It doesn’t cost you a penny, so it's painless, guilt-free shopping – perfect for booking that summer holiday…
Need inspiration?
If you’re seeking fundraising inspiration, check out our Get Inspired web page. It’s packed with mad-cap things people have 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.

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