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Modern Slavery Awareness

Modern Slavery Awareness Week, 4th – 10th May 2021

Modern slavery is an umbrella term for all forms of slavery, trafficking and exploitation. It is estimated that this could be the reality for 136,000 men, women and children in the UK. Join us for a week of online events and prayer in May to learn about the issue and how you can make a difference through awareness, through your shopping activities, and in helping spot the signs of exploitation.

In 2020 some of the Cathedral's charitable giving went to the Mothers' Union modern-day slavery awareness campaign. In the 11th century, St Wulfstan, bishop of Worcester, campaigned to end the slave trade from Bristol, and in our day as part of our commitment to pray for an end to injustice, these events will help us to learn more about the issues around modern slavery and how we can make a difference.

More details of dates, times, and how to register for the events listed below will appear here soon. 


Tuesday 4th May (via Zoom, time tbc)
“A Christian consumer’s response to Modern Slavery” 
Talk and discussion led by Simon John. Simon is a supporter of Anti-Slavery International and global secretary of RAGAS, the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery.

Thursday 6th May (via Zoom, midday)
Online Prayer Group
Members of local branches of The Mothers' Union will meet online for prayer to support these events, raise awareness, and particularly pray for those who are vulnerable to exploitation and modern slavery. This is for members of the Mothers' Union only and details will be sent to branches beforehand.

Sunday 9th May (in person and online, 10.30 am)
Bishop Alastair Redfern, the lead bishop working with the Clewer Initiative, will preach at the sung eucharist in the cathedral.

Monday 10th May (online and Zoom, time tbc)
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Talk
Lys Ford is the senior partnership development manager for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and will talk on the methodology of modern slavery (recruitment, control, and the difficulties that victims have in being identified), what signs to look for in business and in rural communities, how to manage and be aware of the potential risk to agricultural businesses, and what we can do collectively as a community. The talk will be followed by an online conversation.


During the course of the week we shall publish links to online resources and projects here.

The Clewer Initiative is enabling Church of England dioceses and wider Church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.