Our Impact Annual Reviews Annual Review 2017-2018 Download a full copy of the 2017/18 report here. Check out this featured story on our new housing for victims of modern slavery: As with many of the other vulnerable groups Hope Into Action works with, housing instability is one of the most pressing issues for survivors of modern slavery. It is widely recognised by those working in this area that there is a big gap in support for survivors, despite the Government’s efforts to support those affected. The government-funded National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a victim identification and support process designed to make it easier for all agencies that could be involved in a trafficking case to share information about potential victims and facilitate their access to accommodation and support. However, there is a lack of reliable data as to what happens to people once their situation is reported. And with no basic support services provided, many are forced to return to their exploited situation or become homeless. Therefore being provided with a house is a significant boost to their opportunity for a sustainable new life away from their captors. Slavery may sound like a horror from the past. But Government figures estimate there are between 10,000 and 13,000 potential modern slavery victims in the UK. So when the opportunity arose to open a house specifically for survivors of modern slavery, we quickly took it. We approached Hope for Justice and C3 Church in Cambridge to combine our expertise in what is a complex area of work. We had been concerned for some time about the situation of slavery in this country and had been in talks with Hope for Justice and C3 for a long time. So we were delighted when an investor came forward wanting to purchase a house for the project. It all came together brilliantly and in March the house was opened with a prayer commissioning service and now two gentlemen are in and were over-whelmed by the house and support they received. Andrew Harris, Pastor at The C3 Church, said: “C3 is passionate about offering practical, emotional and community support to victims of modern-day slavery. As a church we want to see lives rebuilt, dignity restored and hope return to those who have suffered exploitation. Building a community of people who can minister love and provide a haven of hope is critical if we are to see victims of trafficking empowered and restored to their full worth.” Ed Walker says: ‘This is an issue which has long been on my heart and I’ve known our expertise means we and the church have something vital to offer. We have worked hard with Hope for Justice and C3 to ensure our approach and ethos is aligned and I am sure this will be a highly successful project….and, we hope, many more churches will want to do the same.’ If you would like to partner with us to rebuild lives, contact us using the button at the top of the page or call 01733 558301.