Unseen's Newsletter, Autumn 2015
Join us and Get Seen For Unseen!
What better way to keep sunny and cheerful now that summer's almost gone than with our super bright Get Seen For Unseen campaign? Between 12-18th October, we’re asking people to rock their neon and help raise awareness and funds for Unseen’s work with survivors of modern slavery.
 
Campaign coordinator Sarah Tagholm says: “People can either chose to join an event, such as Glow in the Park in Bath or Cornwall, or create their own - perhaps a neon night run or walk, a neon-at-work day or a neon yoga class. We’ve got schools, universities, churches and businesses all helping us to raise vital funds - even churches will be lit up in neon!”
 
The campaign coincides with the UK’s national Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October. For more information about how to get involved, visit our website or contact Sarah on 0303 040 2888.
 
GSFU night run heads
 
Statement on European refugee crisis
At Unseen we have watched the horrors of Syrian refugees journeying across Europe and those in camps further afield. We support our fellow NGO community who are working tirelessly to deal with the issues being faced on the ground. We have committed to assist the Mayor of Bristol with our local response to the issue. We are watching closely the activity in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan in terms of individuals being exploited and the potential for forced labour and trafficking, and are making our leaders and politicians aware of the increasing potential of these violations as people become more desperate and resources reduce.
 
We would encourage our supporters to:
  • Keep making your voice heard and sign the various petitions that are challenging our leaders to respond appropriately and compassionately to this issue.
  • Volunteer, donate and collect needed items – link with a local NGO to see what’s needed
  • Make a donation to a recognised NGO working in the field.
 
Unseen secures Big Lottery funding 
Unseen is delighted to announce that it is Big Lottery logoto receive £488k over three years towards a new safe-house for male victims of slavery found in the UK.
 
Most people tend to think of human trafficking and modern slavery as something that only happens to women and girls. But through our outreach work, we’ve met male victims who have been exploited in the UK – either working for little or no money – who’ve been badly treated, psychologically manipulated or who’ve been exposed to extremely poor working conditions.
 
Unseen’s managing director Kate Garbers says: “We are delighted to receive this funding. It will enable us to open a dedicated centre where men with multiple, complex needs can begin to start their recovery in a safe, nurturing environment. The house will be staffed 24 hours a day by trained professionals who understand the complexities of this hidden crime and who can give these survivors the support they need and deserve.”
 
Vision for the Vulnerable, 3rd October
Four Bristol charities are coming Vision for Vulnerable pictogether to see how the city’s church leaders, ministries and Christians can best support vulnerable women in the communities they serve. Beloved, One25, Spring of Hope, and Unseen are hosting this joint event between 9.30am-1pm on Saturday 3rd October at Bristol Cathedral to share what they see as the issues facing this vulnerable group, how their organisations are working on the front line, why we all need to get involved and can achieve by working together.
 
Tickets cost £5 and include a complimentary lunch. To book your ticket, follow this link or email admin@unseenuk.org for more information.
 
Book royalties to be donated to Unseen
Mary Jordan, the author of a novel Destiny of Choice, has generously chosen to donate half the royalties of her book to Unseen!
 
The book is based on a true story of human trafficking: ‘I was beaten as a slave by my father, I escaped from home at age of 12, I stole to live, I was trafficked, I survived.’
 
It is available as a download from Amazon but with hopes of getting into paperback format shortly.
 
Interview with Services Delivery Manager
With so many projects expanding and new ones coming on-line, Unseen has now employed a new Services Delivery Manager to oversee all our survivor services. Donna Owen will overseeing all these services that currently include our women's safe-house (WATER) and our Resettlement, Integration and Outreach Service (RIO). It is hoped the Men's Project will be up and running by the end of this year, and that our Children's Project will open shortly after that. You can read an interview with her here.
 
It's an exciting time for Unseen and for Donna, who will shortly go on maternity leave! We are currently recruiting for her maternity cover position, details of which you can find here.
Deadline extended for Services Delivery Manager maternity cover role
The deadline for applications for our Services Delivery Manager (maternity cover) are to be extended to 5.30pm, 21st September. Interviews will be on 25th September and the role will begin on 26th October. Visit our website for all the details.
Youth with a Mission march in London’s Soho
A youth group in London held a candlelight march recently, starting at Edgware Road Station and ending in Soho. Hannah, from YWAM Urban Key, says: “It was an amazing time. We spoke to many people in the streets and marched through Soho declaring the ‘End of Human Trafficking’ and the ‘End of Sexual Exploitation’". A big thank you to the group for their efforts in raising awareness.
Whacky fundraising
St Mary Redcliffe 6th form college raised £1,004.43 doing a range of whacky fundraising events over the past year, including a RAG week collection and a James Bond night. Richard Wheeler, Head of 6th Form, said: “The students spoke very passionately about Unseen during an assembly. They came up with lots of ideas to raise money – but the sack race assault course in the common room was definitely the most lethal!”
Why not Sponsor a Room?
If you'd like to directly help
survivors, why not become a Room Sponsor? It's easy to set up and your donations will directly support our vital safe-house project. Visit our website for more information.
Get in touch
If there's something you'd like to know more about or have something to tell us, do get in touch, we'd love to hear from you:
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