Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of human traffickers, becoming unpaid modern-day slaves in their own countries and abroad. Our Diocese is committed to combatting modern slavery in all its guises and has set up a Steering Group attached to our Social Action Commission which aims to:
Facilitate and co-ordinate public awareness of Modern Slavery and its abolition.
Support the practical needs of the victims of modern slavery in conjunction with relevant organisations and groups – including the provision of safe accommodation for those rescued from slavery.
Assist the Police in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
In the last few months the Diocese has been working jointly with Sussex and Surrey Police to provide safe, supervised accommodation for victims of trafficking and exploitation. Our fully furnished ‘safe house’ will provide an important haven for survivors pending a decision to enter the National Referral Mechanism.
Join this important movement for change, to find out more:
- Read the first edition of our ‘Fighting Modern Slavery’ newsletter.
- Visit the modern slavery section of our website.
- Pope Francis has regularly spoken out against slavery and human trafficking. You can read more here.
Bereavement Supporters Course January 2021
There is a network of trained Bereavement Supporters across the Diocese who journey alongside the bereaved and the dying and are trained to offer supportive listening. Do you find it easy to empathise with people? Are you a good listener? Our next Bereavement Supporters course begins in January 2021 and will run on Tuesdays for seven weeks. Participants will be taught a wide range of important skills enabling them to work within their parish, supporting the clergy in meeting the needs of the bereaved.
To find out more about the Diocesan Ministry of Consolation speak to Father Paul (01342 710313) or contact the Marriage and Family Life Project Officer on 01293 651155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all Young Adults of the Diocese (20-30 somethings)
Before the current restrictions, our Youth and Young Adults’ Advisor had plenty of big plans for helping you get to know other Catholics of a similar age, to form communities where you are free to be yourself, to explore your faith, to grow in friendship, and to be in a safe place for you to realise your Catholic identity. However, this has all had to go on hold. We cannot have a Prosecco and Praise Night and remain COVID secure! What we would like to do is invite anyone who is interested to join a focus group. This group will meet virtually to discuss the needs and desires of young adults in the Church, and, if you would like, be involved in coming up with some creative ways to meet those needs. If this sounds like a project you would like to be part of, please contact the Youth Service Secretary Rosie at email@example.com or 01293 651161
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