“City Hearts Fresh Start Report found that 76% of victims exited the Government’s National Referral Mechanism (which is the mechanism of support for victims of modern day slavery) into unknown circumstances. The Integration Support Programme aims to catch people as they fall off the cliff edge of support after the NRM, but more than that deliver long term and effective outcomes for survivors through meaningful community and sustainable income.”
Our Integration Support Programme is now supporting almost 100 men and women through regular Drop-In’s and phone calls. We are excited to announce that City Hearts has partnered with the British Red Cross to increase the level of support we can offer these clients. Last month, we trained our first group of volunteers from the British Red Cross’ own Anti-Trafficking Team, who will provide emergency crisis support to clients within 4 hours of receiving a referral. This is part of an initial 3 month pilot.
Emmanuelle Pennarun, who is British Red Cross Senior Emergency Response Officer, said:
“Our partnership with City Hearts started when they identified a short gap in the support to some of their clients. They quickly looked for a solution and approached the British Red Cross as the need was around short-term crisis interventions which is exactly what our Emergency Response service is about.
As an organisation, we are looking at the different ways we can support people after they leave the NRM system so this is a fantastic opportunity to be able to work with City Hearts who are so passionate about enabling survivors of trafficking to reach sustained freedom!”
Being able to provide practical and emotional support to vulnerable survivors of modern slavery is fundamental to our mission.