Unseen's Newsletter
Autumn 2013
 
50th survivor welcomed at safe-house
It’s a milestone we’re proud to have achieved with your help: Unseen recently welcomed the 50th survivor through our doors. In just two years we’ve given 50 women the support they’ve needed to recover from their trafficking experiences and rebuild their lives. Survivors such as Silvy who recently told us: “Unseen has given me a new life by helping me forget the past and continue on to my future”.
But it's also sad there’s still 
such a demand for our services. Serious Organised Crime Agency figures show a 71% increase in victims between January and March 2012, compared to the same period in 2011. It’s hard to know if frontline staff are more confident in identifying victims, or if there is an increase in trafficking in the UK. Either way, Unseen will continue to provide expert support where it’s needed. So thank you for helping us to do this.
   If you or anyone you know would like to make a donation to our work or sponsor a room for a survivor, please follow this link.
Excitement as new Modern Slavery Act announced
You may have seen the recent announcement by Home Secretary Theresa May that the UK government is to introduce next year a new Modern Slavery Act to toughen existing legislation. A Modern Slavery Commissioner will also be appointed to ensure that the government and law enforcement agencies are tackling the problem holistically.
   Unseen’s Chief Executive, Andrew Wallis said: “We are extremely pleased the Home Secretary has taken steps to introduce so many of the recommendations from the Centre for Social Justice’s report published in March. Prosecution of criminals is still incredibly complicated under existing legislation and traffickers have been allowed to get away without proper punishment. The creation of a new Commissioner is crucial in ensuring trafficking stays high on everyone’s agenda.”
Slave-free supply chains: we need your help
We’d like to ask you to contact your MP to urge Theresa May to support the inclusion of measures to promote transparency in supply chains in the new Modern Slavery Act. This will encourage businesses with turnovers over £100 million to disclose what they’re doing to ensure that their product, supply chains and business practices are ‘slave free’. We need to show government that this is a positive move for businesses and will help promote a ‘race to the top’. Please write to: The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. For more information on what to include in your letter, click here.
Positive moves at the safe-house
Article ImageThe past few months have been positive for the safe-house. All residents have been enjoying English lessons in the house - including learning to tell the time in English (pictured!).
   They are also taking part in
a course on healthy relationships. These sessions have been specially designed by Unseen staff experienced in dealing with domestic abuse. The courses help women recognise the signs of abuse and learn how to strengthen their confidence in dealing with difficult situations.
   We have also taken on a fantastic group of new bank staff, to help when we need extra hands. And our Resettlement Scheme has been working wonders, helping 18 women make the huge transition from living at our 24/7 safe-house to independent living. One woman was recently named Learner of the Year by her college, which is a fantastic achievement. 
5 reasons why Unseen should be your
Charity of the Year
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Does your workplace, school, university or faith group support a Charity of the Year? If so, Unseen has lots to offer:
1. We’re focused, so donations really do go where they're needed
2. We’re UK-based with national reach and impact
3. We can come to talk to your company, school, faith group etc 
4. We’re dynamic, proactive and actively seek out collaboration
5. We’re not an animal charity, but we are cuddly when you get to know us…
   If you would like to help us by putting Unseen forward, please do get in contact as we'd love to chat to you. 
Do your Christmas shopping online and raise funds for Unseen from your armchair!
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Most of us this year will buy a gift for someone online and, with Christmas coming up, now’s the time to download Give as you Live onto your computer browser. It has agreements with many of the big retailers in the UK, such as Amazon and John Lewis, who will donate a percentage of your purchases to Unseen. The nice people at Give as you Live estimate that each of our supporters is worth £7 – so come on, let’s show them you're worth far more than that! Visit Give as you Live to get started.
Unseen shortlisted for an award
Staff at Unseen are crossing their fingers following the announcement by the Centre for Social Justice that we’ve been shortlisted for an award for using innovation and effectiveness in addressing the root causes of poverty and reversing social breakdown.
   18 shortlisted organisations have been selected by an independent judging panel from over 200 entrants. The prize includes a £10,000 donation and a prestigious award given at a ceremony in London in November.
Packed with love
A special thank you to Lydia Solman, Alex Sharp and Sally Wilshaw for sending 15 gorgeous Care Packages to the women at our safe-house. Each had a mix of goodies, from pyjamas and body creams to shampoo and toothbrushes, and were beautifully wrapped in pink tissue paper with a handwritten label. They will certainly help to make women feel cared for when they arrive. Thank you so much from everyone at Unseen. 
Fundraising round-up
Our supporters have been extremely active – from Hayley Lung who raised £585 by throwing herself out of an aeroplane, to Yaroslav Magnus-Hamblett and two friends who raised £275 by completing a gruelling Tough Mudder course.    Twin sisters Jessie and Alice Parr ran the Edinburgh half marathon raising £365 for Unseen, and Forres Academy pupils raised over £200 by marching for human rights in their local streets and hosting a dress down day at their school.    But this month’s fundraising prize (glory, rather than a cup, sadly!) goes to Holy Trinity Combe Down athletes who raised a staggering £6,732 at a Love Running event in May.
   Thank you so much to everyone for their fundraising efforts. Your donations make such a difference to our work.
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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