On the 25th February, Voice of Hope, a charitable organisation that is raising awareness and working to end modern day slavery, celebrated its 5th anniversary.
Held at the Bridge Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, the event featured a welcome and introduction, followed by a brief overview of the organisation’s history. I was then honoured to say a few words, as well as present the charity with a High Sheriff Award for the outstanding work they are doing in the county to help protect vulnerable people against slavery and abuse.
Dame Sarah Thornton, the Anti-Slavery Commissioner joined us and gave an in-depth keynote speech into the subject on a national level. Individuals from all walks of life attended including representatives from the local council, DWP and the GLAA, Sue Arnold, Staffordshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, and The Lord Mayor Councillor Jackie Barnes. The event closed with a special video message from The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, one of the team who was responsible for the introduction of The Modern Slavery Act in 2015.
It was an enlightening event, which opened our eyes to the extent of modern-day slavery in our county. I am extremely impressed with the work Voice of Hope is doing and would like to thank them for their continued dedication to raising awareness of this subject as well as helping those in trouble.