Back In Control Project
About Back in Control (BIC) Project
Between June 2019 and August 2022, we delivered the 1st phase a project named “Back in Control” in order to identify instances of modern slavery and workplace exploitation in the Sunderland area and empower former victims to regain control of their lives. We also raise awareness of modern slavery and workplace exploitation among local organisations through seminars and outreach initiatives. On 01/08/2022, we launched the 2nd phase of this project with more emphasis on wellbeing, prevention and education.
The project aims to:
- Identify victims of modern-day slavery and take appropriate steps to end exploitative situations.
- Individually support former victims of modern-day slavery, enabling them to become resilient and regain control of their lives.
- Provide former victims with improved access to employment opportunities.
- Improve the financial prospects for former victims.
- Provide local organisations with the tools and knowledge to recognise workplace exploitation and modern slavery.
- Recruit and train new volunteers.
BiC – Phase 1
Update from phase 2- October 2023:
The Back in Control 2 project is currently supporting 46 people affected by modern day slavery or workplace exploitation. Having assessed the situation of those clients who have been on the project for more than a year, or have exited the project, so far:
-7 people have experienced improved stability
-7 clients have reported improved wellbeing
-10 clients have been able to access counselling
-6 clients have reported improved English language skills
Many have also received material support such as food vouchers, bus tickets or mobile top-ups
We are keen to link with local organisations to ensure that Back in Control Project reaches the people who need it most. We need you to identify people you are working with who have suffered from modern slavery, workplace exploitation and need a helping hand. Refer them to us and we will do the rest.
Please download the referral form as a pdf document to your computer by Clicking Here
Please complete this referral form with the person being referred.
GDPR Note: We collect the minimum amount of data we need, follow GDPR’s rules regarding how to store personal data and honour the rights of the individual.
Please email your scanned completed referral form (as an attachment) to email@example.com or post to 14 Foyle Street, Sunderland, SR1 1LE
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The Project was reported on by the Sunderland Echo on 18th September 2019, see: Sunderland Echo Back in Control