We are working with Capital Mass – a Joint Venture between Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of London – to tackle modern slavery in the Diocese of London. Capital Mass aims to engage and support every parish in the Diocese of London in tackling poverty and inequality.
As the nation’s capital and biggest city, there are a huge amount of victims of modern slavery going through London, either on the way to be exploited somewhere else or as a end point for their exploitation. In 2017, 5145 potential victims of modern slavery were found in the UK, 1608 of them were discovered in London.
London’s churches have a huge role to play in spotting the signs of modern slavery, and caring for the victims.
As Bishop Sarah explained when she announced the Diocese of London’s 2019 Lent Appeal for Modern Slavery:
Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal 2019
The 2019 Diocese of London Lent Appeal is focusing on Modern Slavery,
Through the appeal, the Diocese will be raising awareness of Modern Slavery in London and exploring how churches can be part of the solution to eradicating it from the capital. Five charities will benefit from the appeal: Ella’s Home, Kalayaan, Love 146, Rise Project of The Children’s Society and Tamar. Find out more here.
Training evening for those running winter night shelters, including a talk from Julia Tomas about modern slavery and homelessness.
An evening to explore what modern slavery looks like in London, and how churches in the capital can help end it, particularly during Lent.
The Bishop of London launches her Lent Appeal in aid of five London-based modern slavery charities.
Mobilising London’s networks
There are many projects and organisations already tackling modern slavery in London. The work of Capital Mass is to link up Christians from the Diocese who are passionate about ending modern slavery and supporting the victims with organisations doing great work on the ground. They are also helping London’s congregations to support those organisations financially, primarily through the Bishop of London’s 2019 Lent Appeal, the proceeds of which will go to five modern slavery charities based in the Diocese.
Slavery-proofing existing projects
Food banks, soup kitchens, toddler groups, and winter night shelters - there is a long list of the ways that churches in the Diocese of London are supporting the most vulnerable in society. All of those people are also at risk of modern slavery, as traffickers prey on those who are the most desperate and have the least to lose. Capital Mass is working to ‘slavery-proof’ these projects, helping volunteers to understand how their guests are at risk of modern slavery and what they can do to help protect them.