Award for Sheffield charity helping survivors of human trafficking and slavery
A Sheffield charity helping survivors of human trafficking and slavery has won an award.
The Snowdrop Project, which provides long-term support to survivors, has been honoured at the annual Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards.
The charity, which was founded in 2012, was one of four winners across Britain.
A total of 163 adults and 77 children accessed Snowdrop’s services in 2019, according to the latest figures available.
Explaining why it was chosen for an award, CSJ said: “When survivors of modern slavery and trafficking find the Snowdrop Project, they are often suffering from unimaginable cruelty and exploitation. They typically have nothing, are extremely vulnerable and want to move on from their trauma.
“Snowdrop gives each individual the chance to reclaim their dignity and life chances through a high-quality casework, counselling and community integration service.”
It said the charity is in the process of creating a ‘hub of help’ for survivors in a city centre building to be used by a number of organisations.
Dubbed the UK’s ‘charity Oscars’, the CSJ Awards are an annual, high profile award ceremony that honour the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises from across Britain.
The winners will each receive £10,000 to boost the services they offer.
and profile-raising promotion from the CSJ.
Lara Bundock, Chief Executive Officer of The Snowdrop Project, said: “We are thrilled to win one of the highly respected CSJ awards. To have our work and cause recognised on this platform gives us such a unique opportunity to raise the profile of why long-term support is key to the recovery of survivors of trafficking.
Andy Cook, Chief Executive of the CSJ think tank, said: “The CSJ Awards are a highlight of our year, as we can advance the cause of Britain’s best small charities, who are doing so much for this country.
“The Snowdrop Project has shown great courage and sensitivity in helping some of Sheffield’s most vulnerable victims of trafficking and modern slavery. Snowdrop’s success helping them into long-term education, employment and accommodation serves as a template for how we can roll back the epidemic of slavery and abuse facing our country.
“I congratulate them on winning the award this year amid a strong field of candidates, and very much look forward to working with them.”