News / 30 March 2020

Coronavirus - our response to Covid-19

A statement from Unseen CEO Andrew Wallis

I’m writing with an update on our work at Unseen and the Modern Slavery Helpline in the light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

I wanted to reassure everyone who supports and uses our services that:

  • We’re doing all we can to ensure the safety of the modern slavery survivors we support, and the Unseen staff who work with them.
  • Our Helpline is still operating round the clock and we will endeavour to keep it running throughout the crisis.
  • We are also maintaining our other essential services, such as safehouses and outreach in the community. These are staffed by expert teams that are working under extremely difficult circumstances to ensure survivors of modern slavery get the support they deserve.

In line with the latest NHS and government guidance, we have cancelled all external meetings, events and face-to-face training in the near future. We are reviewing events over the medium term and will keep all involved up-to-date.

Your continued support is needed more than ever

Some of the most vulnerable people in society rely on our essential work, protecting people and helping them rebuild their lives - and I’m determined we won’t let them down.

But in difficult economic times, donations to charities falter.

We are only able to continue our vital work because of the generosity of you, our supporters. In these unprecedented times, your continuing support for the Helpline and our survivor support services is more important than ever.

Andrew Wallis OBE

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