The power of our work come through the words of our participants.
"Finally I can move forward" Agnes
"I believe in myself for the first time" Minnie
" I can have a life now" Leesa
" I can be free" Rani
Tina's Road to College
Despite Covid-19, Tina passed her Functional Skills & Health & Social Care - Level II course with distinction.
"I was always nervous about going to College. Having coaching with Sophie Hayes helped me to overcome that fear. Not having the actual support of your tutor because of Covid was a challenge, but I stuck with it, doing work online and I am so happy that I passed. It proves that all the effort has been worthwhile."
Amie Greeting Guests
Amie had always wanted to work in the hotel and hospitality industry and she was keen to expand her customer service experience. Working with her Sophie Hayes Coach, she completed a 6 weeks work experience placement with an international hotel chain.
In her placement she learnt all aspects of running a front desk and the many other skills required to work in a team. By the finish, she had obtained a Certificate of Completion in the Adult Learning Programme.
‘I really loved this placement, the opportunity was different, but specific to what I wanted to do."
Many trafficked women gravitate towards the catering sector and SHF helps them to develop their skills for future employment. the SHF coach accompanies Lulu to an open day for a baking course and following an initial assessment, she was offered an interview and a place. Lulu is continuing with baking workshops and further developing her kitchen skills.
Grace's Green Fingers
Grace, knew she was uncomfortable being indoors.
She knew she felt free with the sun on her face and the feeling life around her. It reminded of her home. We found Grace an outdoor volunteering role, where she worked with others and had the chance to plant and sow on a local allotment.
The role gave Grace the confidence to relate to others and bond with a community that didn't know her story, but that readily embraced her zest for life.
Zara's Human Rights
Now free, Zara wanted to help others and was interested in Human Rights. Ultimately, she would like to be a lawyer and through SHF, she was able to secure a placement in a human rights charity, where she conducted research on other charities to identify potential collaborations, and gain knowledge of the sector.
"I learnt how to work as part of a team, conduct essential research and learn the soft skill of listening to others."
Like many women survivors, Carrie had skills before she was trafficked. With her basic computer skills, SHF was able to help Carrie to expand her knowledge and enter the world of coding. We are working to support her with work placement and a new education path, to help her develop a career in STEM.
Shandra awaiting results
Shandra was determined to become an accountant. Her perserverance and commitment to the programme resulted in her completing her AAT Accountancy Level II college course.*
"I can not believe that I have been able to finish a course in the first step towards my chosen career. I would not have been able to go to college without the support from Sophie Hayes."
Maisie realised working with others would give her the experience she needed beyond education. Her placement with a national retailer gave her self-confidence and essential experience for her CV.
"I have been looking for work for such a long time. I had no experience and I realised that sometimes having qualifications isn't enough. I am grateful for the opportunity to have this employment. It has given me new skills and experience and I know I will now be able to progress to bigger and better things"
Esta knew her passion was fashion, even though her sense of style had been eliminated in her life of abuse and violence.
However, despite her trauma, she still had a love for the clothing industry. Our coaching gave Rose the confidence to apply for a role at a major fashion store. The position restored her sense of style and showed her how to advise customers on theirs.