Why Don’t they Speak English?

Immigration is a hot topic, regardless of where you sit with the Immigration debate, you often hear this phrase or something to this effect, especially in media headlines[1] that “they” (referring to foreigners or the others) should make an effort to learn our language. In August 2017, I accompanied a service user to enrol on…

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What Does it Take to Celebrate?

Riding the bus with confidence, opening and understanding your mail with ease, taking your child to the cinema, going for a coffee with a friend, explaining ailments to the doctor… these are all things that we can take for granted as people who have access to a reasonable income. For a survivor of human trafficking,…

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When the Signs are Hiding in Plain Sight

A member of staff at the Snowdrop Project tells their story about spotting the signs of modern slavery and ringing the Modern Slavery Helpline.  It’s safe to say I live in an unremarkable area; my street is lined with trees, full of semi-detached houses with a car sitting outside each one of them. It’s an…

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Myth Busting – Tackling common misconceptions about Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in the UK.

At the Snowdrop Project, we work hard to educate people on the facts about human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK and on the needs of survivors. We believe that by raising awareness we are working towards our vision of ‘a future free from trafficking’; the more people who are able to recognise the…

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Let’s Talk about Images of Human Trafficking

We live in a world of visual representations; from the silver screen to scrolling through our social media feeds, we are bombarded with images throughout our daily lives. Quite often it’s hard to find the time to think about what these images mean and how they make you feel, but they do provoke a response,…

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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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