The Diocese of Norwich covers Norfolk and Waveney. Demographically, the diocese is predominantly rural, with the main urban centre being Norwich. The diocese has responsibility for a large amount of primary and secondary schools, educating 13,500 children.
In the Diocese of Norwich we are working with Imagine Norfolk Together, a joint venture between the Diocese and Church Urban Fund. They have bases in Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn. We are also working with the STN Trust, a charity founded by St Thomas Church in Norwich. They both work locally in communities, responding to the needs of the most vulnerable.
Hidden Voices facilitators’ course held in the Diocese of Norwich, half of the places are held for Norwich-based organisations
Church, community and statutory agencies work together to start a local anti-slavery partnership: Norfolk Modern Slavery Collaboration
A Hidden Voices course takes place in Great Yarmouth, with trainees from the local community and social action projects
Both STN Trust and Imagine Norfolk Together (INT) are church-based organisations. This means they have great links into the local community, as well as a grassroots base of volunteers who can get involved in projects. STN Trust currently has around 80 people volunteering with them on the projects that they run, including mentoring and befriending for vulnerable adults.
hearing hidden voices
In October 2018 we held a Hidden Voices facilitators’ course in Norfolk, to train up people who would be leading Hidden Voices courses in their area. Half of the places were filled by representatives from Norfolk-based organisations, including the police, chaplaincy, Imagine Norfolk Together and STN Trust.
The process of mapping the local area and identifying who are the key players in the sector helped to build the foundation of the anti-slavery partnership, which launched the very next day.
working in partnership
STN Trust and Imagine Norfolk Together have been with one another on creating a Modern Slavery Partnership for Norfolk. Norfolk Modern Slavery Collaboration brings together different sectors such as law enforcement, charities, faith groups, local authorities, and other statutory agencies to help build relationships and promote co-working. They meet quarterly to learn from one another and share experiences.
leading the way
The Diocese of Norwich has begun to lead the way in anti-slavery work. Following the Hidden Voices facilitators’ course in October 2018, a Hidden Voices course took place in Great Yarmouth in February 2019. This gathered a diverse range of contributors from local churches and social action projects and was one of the first grassroots-based Hidden Voices courses to take place. STN Trust has also created a Bible study programme ‘Breaking Chains’ all about the Christian response to modern slavery, helping their whole church to respond to the challenge.
Our vision is for Norfolk to be a county without slavery.
Through cohesive and collaborative working between organisations and local communities from across Norfolk we provide the best possible care for survivors of slavery. By working together we ensure that each individual rescued from slavery will have the support and opportunity to rebuild their life free from slavery. Perpetrators are held to account and prosecution processes are appropriately supported. Norfolk is a county equipped to join forces with other areas in the national fight to abolish slavery completely in our country.