The Salvation Army’s Victim Care Fund provides additional support to survivors of modern slavery.
It funds essential items outside of the support they are entitled to through the Government contract and was established to help victims of modern slavery where no other funding is available to meet their immediate needs and to ease their transition to independent living. This might be a deposit for someone to move into their own home, clothing for a job interview, or a bike to get to work.
The fund is secured from within The Salvation Army’s charitable funds and is actively supported by thousands of generous donors through fundraising activities, one-off donations or regular giving initiatives.
Grants have been made to pay for clothing such as school uniform for children; maternity and baby items; household items including furniture; childcare costs to enable people to access education and training; therapeutic leisure activities such as gym and swimming sessions and birthday treats.
Through the Victim Care Fund, The Salvation Army has also provided financial assistance for some of our partners to pilot innovative schemes, which benefit a number of people in their service such as cookery classes, befriending programmes and employment and training opportunities.
- “Funds from the Victim Care Fund have made all the difference to me as I am very worried about the future for myself and my baby. I feel very anxious that I have very little to give her, and I want to provide her with a good start in life. Having the correct equipment that the staff will show me how to use, and to have some suitable clothes for myself and the baby is helping me to feel more confident in caring for her and not to think of my past allowing me to focus on the future”. – Client
- The gardening project involves clients getting involved two hours each week, taking part in gardening, recycling and healthy eating workshops. They acquire skills and knowledge which can be applied to helping people when they move to live independently and find respite from the many challenges they face by immersing themselves in activity.
“We have already received great feedback from the clients and the therapeutic value is clearly making a hugely positive impact…the project provides both short-term and long-term benefits to the lives of our clients. Not only does the gardening process provide a therapeutic and healthy distraction from the trauma they have experienced, it also equips them with skills and knowledge for the future. The project will teach our clients how to grow food produce, herbs and spices wherever they may find themselves after our care.” - Support worker
- “I am very grateful and touched by the support provided from The Salvation Army. It helps me and I am very happy I can access a gym. The books are so important to me and helping me with my language and communication.” – Client
Examples of how the Victim Care Fund has been used:
- A safehouse which works with male victims of modern slavery, a programme was piloted aimed at providing high-level support to male victims of modern slavery, after the reflection and recovery period has ended. It aimed to help them find employment, exit the benefit system and become fully self-supporting and integrated into their local community. It focused on offering victims coaching sessions; group work; befriending opportunities through social activities; work placement and training opportunities.
- A safehouse in Manchester offers a three-tiered additional support through the Victim Care Fund, which funds a tutor with interpreting and translation skills to run a Job Club. Sessions included writing CVs in English, job searches and interview skills. To consolidate the work of the Job Club the tutor also runs English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. In addition they run cooking classes as it had become evident that the residents within the safe house lacked confidence and experience in cooking their own food and were often reliant on pre-prepared products. The classes include health and safety and food hygiene certificates, each of which is of great benefit to those leaving our care into independent living.