We are raising funds to enable us to provide an additional layer of bespoke, friendship based support for individuals who have either experienced exploitation, or who are deemed at risk of exploitation, in order to help them rebuild their lives and to help alleviate the risk of re-exploitation.
According to the Global Slavery Index, there are 122,000 people in modern slavery in the UK and the level of vulnerability to exploitation is 14 in 100 people. It affects both UK nationals and non UK nationals. Statutory support is limited. Survivors are at high risk of being re-exploited due to their vulnerabilities, such as poor relationships and an inability to trust, fear of the police, a lack of housing, poverty, loneliness, isolation, language barriers and hope for the future.
We were recently commended for our advocacy and befriending work with 2 survivors of exploitation. We have assisted in enabling them to move on, find new jobs and rebuild their lives. We're aware that there are many more in need of this kind of support and propose to set up a Survivor Support Hub, which will provide bespoke and client led support through advocacy and friendship, helping rebuild trust, confidence and hope. We are the only organisation in Oxfordshire able to provide this service.