Unseen's Newsletter
Summer 2014
 
Get Seen For Unseen!
This spring we’ve got lots to tell you, but first let’s tell you about our exciting Get Seen For Unseen campaign taking place in Unseen Week 5th-12th July. If you missed our recent email, we’re asking supporters across the country to wear their brightest neon to raise funds for Unseen and create awareness for the millions still trapped in modern-day slavery.
     The idea is to get everyone
around you – friends, family,
colleagues, customers – to wear something bright and get sponsored to do it.
     Liz Westlake, our Operations Director, says: “We’ve had a great response so far, with fun runs, neon at work, dinner parties, neon yoga and even a neon knitting party! There is a whole heap of information on our website to inspire you and everything you need to organise your own event. And don’t forget to take photos of your antics for Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – rapper Professor Green has already done his!” Details of the event can be found here.
     Also, our friends at Burnt Soul are offering a pair of neon leggings for the most money raised by an individual for Get Seen For Unseen. To enter, make sure your event is registered on our website here so we can see how much you've raised.
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Big Lottery funding secured for survivor care
We are delighted to have received funding for our safe-house and resettlement programme from the Big Lottery Fund. The £225k grant will run over two years and will fill the gap between statutory funding and the extra support and activities Unseen provides to survivors to ensure they are given the safety, hope and choice they deserve. 
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New men's project in development  
Evidence shows there is little effective support for male survivors of human trafficking in the UK, particularly those with high-level, complex needs who’ve suffered physical or emotional trauma. Currently, help is often simply supported housing with occasional support visits. However, Unseen believes this is not specialist or intensive enough for the most complex cases.
     So, Unseen plans to expand its operations to cater for this vulnerable group. We’re working with local agencies to provide an initial outreach service and then build on this to open a 24-hour accommodation and support service by the end of this year, subject to funding.
     To support this important project – the first of its kind in this country – please do email us for details or click here to donate online.
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Farewell to a great key worker 
Last month we were really sad to say goodbye to a fantastic key worker at the women’s safe-house, who’s been with the project since the very beginning three years ago. Using her experience as a former English teacher in China, 'S' was instrumental in setting up our Butterfly Programme (where women can work towards certificates in English, Maths and Computing), which is one of the most popular activities we offer at the house. She was also a fantastic support to residents and staff alike and coordinated our social work students programme, encouraging people starting their careers. We all wish her well in her new adventure.
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Update on our children’s project
Having exceeded our first £100,000 funding target, we are now into the final stages of fundraising to open the UK’s first specialist service for children who’ve been trafficked into or within the UK. However, we still need to secure long-term funding for the project.
     Children’s Project Manager, Katy Molloy, says: “There is much still to do before we can open, but once the right property is found we’ll be recruiting the vital Manager and House Parent roles.” If you, or anyone you know, are interested in applying for either of these key positions, please email admin@unseenuk.org.
     Unseen is so grateful to our generous donors and trusts who’ve enabled us to reach this point, in particular the SFIA Education Trust, Charles Hayward Foundation, and the Spielman and Souter trusts. To donate, please click here.
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Shackled for a month
Bristol-based Anthony Higginson spent the whole of February with his feet shackled together to raise funds and awareness for Unseen. He said it was one of the hardest things he’d done, but the reaction from people and the debate it sparked with strangers and friends was really rewarding. ant raised a massive £1,865.98 for Unseen - click here to see his video.
 
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Fundraising round-up
  • Follow Newcastle students Chris Edwards and George
    Wadsworth’s attempt to travel 1100 km across the Sahara’s Empty Quarter, from Dubai to Salalah, by wind power alone in aid of Unseen:
    www.kitingtheemptyquarter.com.Click here to donate to their expedition.
  • Congratulations and thank you to 
    Mary Schrick who 
    completed the London to Paris cycle ride last month and raised over £1,000 for us! 
  • Thank you to Georgie and Mark Davin for kindly asking guests to donate to Unseen instead of giving them wedding gifts.
  • A Beauty Pop Up event raised over £500 for Unseen recently. Thank you to Amy Piner for organising and inspiring everyone to give.
  • Good luck to Michael King who’s undertaking five epic challenges to raise money for Unseen. And to our house manager and her mum who are doing a 6km obstacle course next month.
  • And thank you to all those who’ve recently sold items on eBay and through PayPal to donate the proceeds to Unseen. We really appreciate your kindness.
New clothing needed!
We're putting a shout out for new pyjamas, slippers and underwear for women when they first arrive at our safe-house. All sizes needed. Please email admin@unseenu.org for delivery details.
Do you shop online? If so, raise money for Unseen without it costing you 
We've promoted this before in our Newsletter, but it's worth giving it another plug because Give as you Live is a great money-earner for Unseen. Every time you shop online at stores that Give as you Live works with, they will donate funds to Unseen. Simple as that. Check it out here.
Need 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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