The overall aim of Rebuild East Midlands is “to end the cycle of trafficking and slavery one person at a time”. The organisation works with individuals who have been victims of trafficking and modern slavery, to provide long-term intensive and targeted casework support. The work intends to support people to rebuild their lives and is focussed on six key areas: housing and living independently; keeping safe; relationships and community; physical health; emotional and mental health; and education, employment and training. Rebuild also runs two ‘Connect’ group sessions each week – these provide a stepping stone for individuals to build self-confidence with the aim that they will feel able to access other local community groups or activities. Groups generally have between four and six attendees, and in the last year 15 individuals received casework support.
Allen Lane has awarded funding which will contribute towards the salaries of two part-time caseworkers. The grant, made at the February 2020 meeting, was for £5,000. Outcomes of the work include: increased sense of safety and connection for individuals in their community; individuals being aided to move into supported accommodation; and a significant decrease in the level of support individuals require over the 12 months, or individuals exiting as they no longer require support.