Three church-based groups are working in Staffordshire as part of the wider coalition combatting human trafficking and modern slavery. The groups are the Dalit Freedom Network in Stafford, Voice of Hope in Stoke-on-Trent and the Medaille Trust throughout the county.
If you suspect someone is being kept as a slave, phone the Modern Slavery National Helpline on 08000 121700 or contact http://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org.
Stoke-on-Trent is a ‘Dispersal City,’ to which asylum seekers are sent by the government through the G4S agency. There are currently around 800 asylum seekers in the city, with a further 400 ‘failed’ asylum seekers. Christians are at the forefront of efforts to support both groups. This happens via ‘Sanctus,’ which works in the Shelton and Longton areas of the city, and the Burslem-based Jubilee Project. Find out more about Sanctus via this link and about the Jubilee Project here.
Between 1 April and 30 September 2017, Stoke-on-Trent FoodBank gave out 4,132 three-day emergency food supplies, compared to 5,302 in the comparable period in 2016. 1,546 food parcels (37% of the total) were given to children. The top three reasons for referral to Stoke-on-Trent FoodBank are: benefit delay (27%); low income (24%); and benefit change (22%). More information about Stoke-on-Trent FoodBank here.
The most recent figures show that Leek and District FoodBank helped 1,233 people, including 460 children, in 2018. This represents a slight increase on the 2017 figures. The main reasons people gave for using the FoodBank were low income, benefit delays and benefit changes.