The Snowdrop Project believes that recovery from human trafficking is a long-term process. The care provided by the safe-houses is essential, immediate and intensive, however we believe that support should not cease after 45 days.
From her work in a safe-house our founder observed the difficulties survivors faced when they left the house, coupled with their desires to start afresh and leave behind the stigma of their past. Tragically upon leaving, survivors often developed debt problems, existing mental health issues were compounded by stress, anxiety and isolation, some survivors returned to unhealthy coping mechanisms and others became vulnerable to abusive relationships and re-exploitation.
Ideas began to be formulated to design a programme of support that would provide each survivor with a support worker to assist them with integration and re-settlement in the UK, someone who would see them in their own accommodation and help them to access the vital support systems they need for their ongoing recovery. After much consultation the Snowdrop Project was born.
The Snowdrop Project is named thus because, as the first flower of spring, the Snowdrop must overcome the harsh, cold realities of winter in order to bloom. Survivors of human trafficking are just like the Snowdrop. They have demonstrated incredible strength and resilience to overcome the abuses they have endured and now they have the chance to start a fresh and break forth in to a new season.
Lara Bundock speaking on Look North about the support the Snowdrop Project provides and why we exist.