News / 3 February 2020

Ten survivors enjoy a brand-new digital radio

Loneliness doesn’t only affect older people. Survivors of modern slavery face isolation every day while rebuilding their lives after exploitation.

Many challenges await a survivor when they begin their life in the community – often not knowing anyone at all, suffering the traumas of PTSD or not having the right to work in the UK. Many survivors end up spending long periods of time by themselves which can breed feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Our community team works hard to ensure every survivor feels connected to their community. For example, they go with them to appointments and help take their first steps to attend social groups.

Technology can also play a vital role. A digital radio can really help a survivor with loneliness, bringing music, news, comedy and entertainment into their home. Thanks to Wavelength (a charity that aims to reduce loneliness across the UK through technology), 10 of the survivors we support have been given a brand-new digital radio to enjoy.

Jemima, an Unseen Outreach Support Worker, says:

Radios can help survivors cope with the nightmares. One survivor told me he would listen to the radio when he was distressed and having bad thoughts that made him unable to sleep. It would calm him and provide a sense of safety.

“For survivors who don’t speak English as their first language, listening to the radio can also help to break down language barriers, increasing a survivor’s confidence so they can communicate with others.

On behalf of those we support, thank you Wavelength for enabling survivors to reconnect with the world as they re-build their lives.