Anti-Slavery awards 2021

3rd October 2021 | Anti-Slavery Day

The Human Trafficking Foundation organises the Anti-Slavery Awards every year to recognise individuals and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors who have gone beyond expectations in fighting Modern Slavery within their field.

The Clewer Initiative

This year, many worthy nominations were received, including three key friends and partners of The Clewer Initiative.

Bridgwater HV

We are excited for the team in Bridgwater and Sian Owen, in particular, for her nomination in the Reducing Vulnerabilities category.

Sian Owen says: ‘After attending The Clewer Initiative’s Hidden Voices course, I became the voluntary coordinator of the local action group, leading on a “toilet door” sticker campaign and creating a public event to mark Anti-Slavery Day. I invited the local town mayor and agreed he would emphasise the long links between Bridgwater and slavery.”

Sian secured a slot at the Bridgwater Town council development forum which was shared with the then police and crime commissioner. Sian became the project worker for a pilot Victim Support project “Hidden Voices Somerset” and has worked fulltime at a safehouse.

During lockdown, Sian trained village agents online which not only built good relationships, but also resulted in village agents being comfortable to come to her with concerns, which are then taken to the police or GLAA.

In May 2021, Sian started a community initiative to build resilience against County Lines in the most deprived communities in Bridgwater. The small group, led with the support of council leaders and police reached around 800 people. She is now working on a major diversionary project aimed at young people on the key housing estates.

David Maggs, The Clewer Initiative project lead for Bath & Wells says: “Sian is an amazing networker and has recently contacted the Avon and Somerset PCC to find ways in which some of the work can be furthered. There are many volunteers that have played a key role in this work, but Sian has led, inspired and kept things alive in very difficult circumstances.”

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Our friend and partner, Dr Júlia Tomás has been short-listed in the Rebuilding Lives category for her pioneering work at The Passage. We recently profiled Júlia as one of our #OrdinaryActivists and she is also participating in the national online service we are coordinating for the Church of England on October 17th.

Finally, we congratulate Louise Hulland for her nomination in the Media Awards shortlist. Her opinion piece “We Escaped Modern Slavery and Have Big Dreams for the Future — But Thousands More Like Us Need Help” is listed in the Best written opinion piece dealing with Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking category. Louise worked closely with us at the start of the year in our Women in the Shadows films.

We wish Sian, Júlia and Louise the best of luck on Monday 18th October at the Awards Ceremony.

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