The Winchester Story

The Diocese of Winchester is committed to grow knowledge and understanding to help us put an end to modern slavery in our communities.

Key Contact: Revd Edwina Fennemore, Liaison Lead against Modern Slavery

Email: cefennemore@gmail.com

We are agents of social transformation. We seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind.

The Diocese of Winchester stretches from the beaches of Bournemouth to the edges of Surrey suburbia, and from the River Hamble to the outskirts of Newbury, the area covers 1048 square miles with a population of 1.27m. Whilst much of the diocese is rural there are significant urban concentrations in Southampton, Eastleigh, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Andover and Basingstoke.

Working with The Clewer Initiative, the Diocese of Winchester has come to understand that in 2018, 144 people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight were recognised as potential victims of trafficking.

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Bishop Tim Dakin

"Modern slavery is a terrible and distressing crime. As a Diocese, we have a commitment to raising awareness and combating exploitation across our communities in Hampshire and East Dorset. With Edwina’s help, we will develop our understanding of modern slavery to help us put an end to it in our communities. Jesus challenged violence and injustice of all kinds. He teaches us to love one another, to care for our neighbours who are suffering and in need, and to speak up for the voiceless. Modern slavery exists at all levels from the local to the global and as part of our Diocesan commitment to Prophetic Global Citizenship we have an important role to play in eradicating this injustice.”

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About the diocese of Winchester

Our diocesan vision is to ‘Live the Mission of Jesus’, part of this means that we challenge violence and injustice of all kinds. He teaches us to love one another, to care for our neighbours who are suffering and in need, and to speak up for the voiceless.

The Diocese of Winchester is made up of people from all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds. We are widely rural with bustling cultural hubs geographically spread throughout Hampshire and East Dorset. Modern slavery does not discriminate. It is only by working together that we can hope to achieve the aims of making Hampshire and East Dorset a supportive place for victims and hostile place for perpetrators.

Working with Hampshire Slavery Partnership

The Diocese of Winchester is a member of the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership. We support their vision to make Hampshire "a supportive place for victims and a hostile place for perpetrators of modern slavery”. We support them by raising awareness of modern slavery, identifying and supporting victims and pursuing perpetrators of modern slavery, all enabled through working in partnership.

Get in touch with Edwina Fennemore, Liaison Lead against Modern Slavery for the Diocese of Winchester to find out more information.

"As a faith community we have a concern for anyone who is used as a commodity, is dehumanised and has their dignity removed. We recognise that all people have value and worth in God's sight and we need to ensure this is reflected in the Church's commitment to assist in ending this exploitative crime. This crime is happening within and across our communities. It is important that we understand how to see and respond to what is hidden in plain sight."

Edwina Fennemore
Anti-Modern Slavery Liaison Lead for the Diocese.

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