Modern Slavery Awareness Week, 4 – 10 May

Published: 19th April 2021

Modern slavery is an umbrella term for all forms of slavery, trafficking and exploitation and it is estimated that this could be the reality for 136,000 men, women and children in the UK.

This is an issue on our doorstep – particularly with regard to agricultural, rural and farming slavery - and something which we need to take seriously as consumers, as a Christian community, and from a safeguarding perspective.

Worcester Cathedral is hosting a number of events which will help us think about modern slavery especially in our region.

Tuesday 4 May, 7.30 pm (via Zoom)

“A Christian consumer’s response to Modern Slavery” 
Talk and discussion led by Simon John. Simon is a supporter of Anti-Slavery International and global secretary of RAGAS, the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery.

Thursday 6 May (via Zoom, midday)

Online Prayer Group - Members of local branches of The Mothers' Union will meet online for prayer to support these events, raise awareness, and particularly pray for those who are vulnerable to exploitation and modern slavery. This is for members of the Mothers' Union only and details will be sent to branches beforehand.

Sunday 9 May (in person and online, 10.30 am)clewer initiative logo

Bishop Alastair Redfern, the lead bishop working with the Clewer Initiative, will preach at the sung eucharist in the cathedral.

Monday 10 May (online and Zoom, time tbc)

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Talk
Lys Ford is the senior partnership development manager for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and will talk on the methodology of modern slavery (recruitment, control, and the difficulties that victims have in being identified), what signs to look for in business and in rural communities, how to manage and be aware of the potential risk to agricultural businesses, and what we can do collectively as a community. The talk, which will be available to watch online, will be followed by a Zoom conversation for which registration is required.

To find out more please visit the Cathedral's website

Follow up events will take place later at harvest time when the Cathedral will partner with the Chaplaincy for Agricultural and Rural Life and Transforming Communities Together.

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