The Sophie Hayes Foundation

Life beyond surviving Modern Slavery

The scale of modern slavery is growing at an unprecedented rate. Sophie Hayes Foundation is the only independent organisation in the UK, that focuses on programmes that offer employment and independence for women survivors of modern slavery, helping them to achieve sustainable freedom.​

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 March 2022 to 12:00 PM, 22 March 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1145176)

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Championed by The Big Give Trust (Champion)


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


United Kingdom


40 million people are enslaved in the world.130,000 of which are estimated to be in the UK, with the problem growing at an unprecedented rate. When survivors of this abuse have escaped, women in particular remain vulnerable, susceptible to re-exploitation because there is little support to help them rebuild their lives. This is where we come in - we are the only independent organisation in the UK solely focussed on supporting women survivors of Modern Slavery to achieve sustainable freedom


Re-exploitation happens when women survivors are not given the confidence, resilience or skills to rebuild their lives. Our unique programme combines workshops, one-to-one and peer-group coaching, alongside dedicated support into work placements, further training or volunteering opportunities. Women achieve a renewed sense of purpose with the skills to be able to secure employment, training or even start a new career path.

  • I said I would never share my story...I don't want to keep tearing myself apart re-living horrible times and things that people put me through. [Sophie Hayes Foundation] has made me realise I can spend my time moving forward and building myself up...I know that the past isn't going to be my future.

    — Rani: Employability Programme Participant

  • "My very first session was so scary for me because I had never spoke in front of so many people, now I have made friends for life with these women"

    — Ellah: Employability Programme Participant

  • When I started I was so shy to speak with people I haven’t met before. I prayed inside ‘don’t pick me up to speak’. Now I don’t know how to say thank you for your support!

    — Shani: Employability Programme Participant

  • This programme has pushed me to think more about myself and what I want to do, I have never done that before” “I learnt to find a new career plan and that's really important for me to understand where I’m heading for my future"

    — Beth: Employability Programme Participant