Partnership is key to all that we do, especially in the area of Modern Slavery. The Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Lichfield (MU) is sponsoring TCT to deploy a Modern Slavery Campaigner.

2020 sees the start of an innovative partnership between the Lichfield Diocese Mothers Union, The Clewer Initiative and TCT

This three year part-time post will deliver a campaign against Modern Slavery in parishes across the Diocese of Lichfield using awareness raising material developed in conjunction with the Clewer Initiative.

TCT will support and manage Debbie Huxton as Mothers Union Modern Slavery Campaigner for the Diocese of Lichfield.

Lichfield Diocese Mothers Union have generously funded this part time, three year role, which seeks to train up and empower the 78 groups and over 1000 members to recognise signs of Modern Slavery and exploitation and respond. Using a wide toolkit, including the fabulous resources of the Clewer Initiative, and TCT's existing Modern Slavery partners, Debbie will enable local groups to safely form action plans that match the skills, talents and interests of that group and that impacts Modern Slavery in their area.

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Mothers Union in the Diocese of Lichfield

The Diocese of Lichfield is diverse in its many communities across 1,700 square miles, from the Welsh border to the West Midlands conurbation, to Tamworth on the Leicester and Birmingham borders and to the Staffordshire Moorlands at the Derbyshire border, including the urban areas of Stoke-on-Trent and parts of the Black Country. Mothers’ Union therefore has to adapt locally to the situations we face, including the evil that is Modern Slavery.

The biggest UK case of Modern Slavery, with an estimated 400 victims who were forced to work for just 50p per day happened within our Diocese. Read more via Sky News. This highlights the need for us all to be alert and aware.

Building on the national partnership with the Mothers Union and the Clewer Initiative (read more), we’re delighted to be able to offer free Modern Slavery awareness training to every parish in the Lichfield Diocese, thanks to generous funding from Lichfield Diocese Mothers Union. We’ll also show how everyone can contribute to work against Modern Slavery, through:

  • prayer
  • raising awareness
  • reporting suspicious activity
  • supporting groups already working with victims
  • becoming practically involved with existing work
Bishop Michael

"The Church is in a unique place to play a key role in setting people free from slavery - literally in this case - by working more closely with others. It is a privilege to be at the centre of this important project that will help local churches support victims and identify signs of exploitation in the communities they are at the heart of.”

Bishop Michael Ipgrave - Bishop of Lichfield

Evil of modern slavery hidden in communities in plain sight

“The evil of modern slavery is coming into sharp focus as we start to grasp how it is hidden in our communities in plain sight. We are talking about real people trapped in exploitation, often with nowhere to turn. As followers of Jesus we cannot turn away from our neighbour who may be in need.“

- Bishop of Lichfield Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave