What is the importance of storytelling?

Cases of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK have nearly doubled in the past year! In 2017 there were 5,145 people referred as potential victims of trafficking to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in the UK. Sadly the NRM figures only represent a snapshot of the problem of trafficking in the UK. There are actually many more who have been exploited and trafficked but go undocumented.

Ella’s story… Ella is one example. Ella was in a terrible mental and physical state when she left the brothel in London she had been in and was neither prepared nor capable of talking about her situation. The NRM relies on a testimony to determine the status of a victim, so Ella was deemed ineligible for support. Ella was extremely vulnerable and yet could not access care and a safe place to stay when she needed it most. Click here to read more.

Ella’s, a London based charity, addresses the current challenge of limited aftercare provision in the UK for women who are exiting from sexual exploitation through human trafficking. Ella’s are able house women to enable their recovery from sexual exploitation and support them back into life, community and freedom.

Over the last few months some of our Advisors have been working with Ella’s Home to facilitate a strategy renewal process. Faaria (Hussain), David (Coates), Simon (Oldroyd) and Ben (Oldroyd) have provided an input. The most recent session focused on the importance of telling authentic stories, such as Ella’s story, to communicate the vision of Ella’s Home. This has lead to the creation of a ‘rich picture’!

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Mary Anne Radmacher Quote: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow”