Unseen are tackling modern slavery with People's Postcode Trust funding
Around half of modern slavery victims found in the UK are male, according to a report by Unseen, yet the charity says there is not an effective support mechanism for survivors with high level needs. They found that victims have been left suffering with symptoms of PTSD and depression, and without resources such as clothing or safe-housing, often leading to further exploitation.
Thanks to £20,000 in funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Unseen opened a 24-hour staffed specialist safe-house for survivors in 2016. During this time the organisation has supported 20 men to rebuild their lives. The men were supported through seeking legal advice, education, volunteering (with 6 entering new, legitimate employment), health services and mental health services such as counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy sessions.
One survivor stated:
“The house has been a great place to help me feel better and have more choice. Staff are always there to speak to me, always available. Before I didn’t have many people, who were there to talk to, but now I feel listened to and people have time to spend with me.”