A Miracle – A Survivor’s Journey In Their Own Words

Lydia*, a survivor of human trafficking, speaks about finding her old self again, her smile and her soul, and how Snowdrop supported her through this journey.  I remember like it was yesterday. They wanted to take away my dignity, my personality, my courage, my smile and my soul. They thought I no longer belonged to…

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Counselling From A Professional’s Perspective

Eila Platt is one of Snowdrop’s two permanent counsellors who offer their services to our survivors in our dedicated counselling rooms. Here is an insight into the aims and achievements of counselling at Snowdrop.                                          …

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How Should We Talk About Mental Health?

As a society, we often struggle to find the right language for both our public and private conversations about mental health. According to neurologist and regular TEDTalks speaker Sarah Caddick: ‘this is because when someone points to his wrist to tell you it’s broken, you can easily understand the problem’ but when it comes to talking…

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“I’m here, but I’m not here”

The very first time I heard about the Snowdrop Project, I began to think of how to get involved; what could I bring that could help these women? What skills or knowledge or gift had been given to me that I could pass on and share? Qualified to teach English as a second language, and…

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The Perks and Pleasures of Childcare

Ding dong.  The front door bell goes off.  You go to the door to greet a shy mother with a pushchair.  They knock and bump their pushchair through the front door.  As soon as the child is out of their pushchair, they run away from you because they think you’re about to tickle them. At…

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New Beginnings

Sophie Gower, our Senior Caseworker, shares her story and experiences of supporting survivors of human trafficking move forward with their new found freedom.   I started volunteering with the Snowdrop Project back in the beginning of 2015, so much has changed since then!  Back then there were just 3 of us working part-time and unpaid, trying…

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A Life Changing Experience

I call it a privilege to have worked with Snowdrop before it was completely funded. I was able to witness a part of the story that most don’t have the opportunity to; the bare bones beginning, the trenches of the in-between, and the fulfilment of a dream happening right before my eyes. Working for Snowdrop…

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All Hands on Deck

There is a big difference between a house and a home. One is simply a shelter. The other is a place of rest, comfort, and belonging. It is an expression of personality and culture. It is a space of character and meaning where memories are made. It is somewhere, sometimes the only place, where you…

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Making that One Encounter Matter

Over the past 5 years whilst working with Snowdrop, Lara and I have had numerous people from other NGO’s to statutory and health organisations come to us and say – “I’ve never had training about trafficking.” People you would think would or should be informed: student doctors, social workers and NHS staff. A 2015 survey…

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Puppet

Cara* was Trafficked for 6 years from the age of 13, she found that writing poetry was a way to find release from some of her traumatic experiences.