Unseen's Newsletter, April 2017
 
Superheros needed!
We have some extremely exciting news! Later this summer, we will be opening our Children’s Project - a residential home for child victims of trafficking and slavery. This unique provision will require a strong and capable team and at the core of this will be two house parents.Child victim
 
So, we are looking for an extraordinary couple to volunteer as House Parents. The home will provide a place in which a trafficked child can live in a family home, whilst also benefiting from professional support services offered by Unseen’s highly trained team. This is a voluntary, one year placement for a couple. A basic living package, including board and lodgings, will be paid.
 
This is truly a unique opportunity and we are looking for the perfect pair to provide these young people with a warm and nurturing home environment. If this is you, please click below for the application form and the 'Information Pack for House Parents' for more details about the role, the living package and the application process.
 
Please share this news with anyone who may suit a role like this: www.unseenuk.org/about/jobs
 
Vacancy: House Manager at Children's Safe-House
As well as the House parents, we are looking to appoint a House Manager at our new safe-house for young people (16+). The ideal candidate should have experience in social care and children’s services, ideally within a residential setting.The House Manager role will initially assist the Unseen team to open the safe house and then manage the project and a multi-disciplinary support team to ensure a safe, protected, loving and caring environment for trafficked young people.
 
The home will provide a place in which a trafficked young person can live in a family home, experiencing domestic life in a shared and supportive environment, whilst also benefiting from professional and enhanced support services offered by Unseen’s highly trained support team, led by the House Manager.
 
For more details about the role, please read the CHIPS House Manager Job Description. You can find out how to apply on the Unseen website.The deadline for applications is 2nd May 2017. 
 
I want to ride my bicycle
Bristol Bike ProjectNow that the weather’s improving, residents at the men's and women’s safe-house have linked up with the Bristol Bike Project so they can cycle and gain confidence in getting around the city under their own steam.
 
The women's House Manager says: “Being able to cycle around the city independently has had an incredibly positive impact on one particular resident this month and she is really enjoying the exercise. She now goes out most days on her bike and we have all seen a noticeable improvement in her emotional wellbeing.”
 
Others have enjoyed supporting each other in learning to ride safely and going to appointments on their own. They’ve also learned basic maintenance so they can use these skills when they leave the house. One resident says: “Cycling gives me the possibility of choice and freedom.”
 
 
 
Modern Slavery Helpline exceeds expectations
The first six months after Unseen launched the UK's Modern Slavery Helpline in October has seen higher than expected call volumes and an encouraging amount of cases of slavery being reported. Here are some of the headline facts and figures from October 2016 to March 2017:
 
No of calls into the Helpline: 1,048
No of cases opened: 866
No of cases of modern slavery: 372
No of potential victims of slavery indicated: 1,365
 
To view the full list of statistics, click here.
 
Powerful energy offer for Unseen supporters
 
Since the Modern Slavery Act came into force in MarchBristol Energy logo 2015, companies with a turnover of more than £36 million have had to declare what they’re doing to ensure their supply chains are slave free. Unseen has been working alongside companies such as M&S, Tesco and Wessex Water to help them navigate the complex process of investigating their supply chains and registering their annual report to disclose this information.
 
We’re also working with Bristol Energy, a national energy company that powers the new Modern Slavery Helpline. Bristol Energy was set up to offer people and businesses a fairer deal on their energy bills, and wants to use its energy to make a positive difference. To support Unseen, Bristol Energy will donate £30 for every customer that switches their gas and electricity using the code UNSEEN001. That’s £15 each for gas and electricity.
 
To find out if you could save money on your bills, and donate to Unseen at the same time, go to: www.bristol-energy.co.uk/unseen
 
 
Increasing our training capacity
One part of Unseen’s work that has been growing at a very encouraging rate is our CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited training course.
 
Figures show that compared to the same first quarter last year, the number of professionals completing our training course has nearly doubled – from 290 to 540 staff.
These have been from a mix of businesses wanting to learn more about transparency requirements, HR and procurement, charities, the NHS, police, local authorities and the fire service.
 
Jessie Wilde, Unseen’s Office and Support Manager says: ”As well as training playing an essential role in raising awareness and challenging working practices, it’s also an important income stream for Unseen, generating £17,000 last year. We’re really pleased to see that a broad range of businesses and charities are realising that slavery is happening across all sectors and that they all have a part to play in tackling it.”
 
Join Tribe's 'Run for Love' 
All natural performance nutrition company, Tribe, is organising an epic challenge – to run and cycle 2,000km from Sarajevo to London, crossing nine countries in 16 days from 30th June to 16th July.
 
YOU can be a part of the Run for Love adventure, with the option to join for one or more of the stages - watch this video to find out more! http://bit.ly/2ojLbJx
 
Tribe want to sign up 1,000 participants and raise £1 million in the process, 50% of which will come to Unseen and the new UK Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre.
 
It will be an unforgettable experience, so what are you waiting for? Sign up now!
 
Local support from catering equipment giant
Nisbets cheque
Kitchen and catering equipment specialists Nisbets popped into our offices a few weeks ago to deliver a large cheque (literally!) that will go towards Unseen’s new children’s project launching later this year.
 
The generous donation has been raised by staff at various fundraising events, and the company has pledged to help again next year too!
 
We were even able to help them brainstorm about investigating their international supply chain, so it was a win win for everyone. A big thank you from everyone here at Unseen.
 
 
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