Here you’ll find a selection of news and stories reflecting the activities and events happening within SJOG.
SJOG welcomes new trustees to its board
SJOG is pleased to welcome three new trustees to its board: Lesley Selfe brings a wealth of experience from a health background being a former director of nursing at NHS Direct and currently a special advisor to the Care Quality Commission; Paul Forster-Jones comes with a background of working at senior levels of multi-million pound organisations in pharma and private equity-backed organisations; and Emma Gibbons is currently the deputy director of finance and commercial with Public Health England. We are very much looking forward to working with them and having the extra breadth of skills and knowledge on our board.
(Photo left to right: Emma Gibbons, Lesley Selfe and Paul Forster-Jones)
Princess Eugenie hears stories of modern day slavery
Princess Eugenie invited four people supported by SJOG to Buckingham Palace so that they could share their experiences of being subject to modern day slavery. Each spoke with great courage and sincerity about their experience of modern day slavery to an audience that listened in silence.
Also present for a wide ranging discussion were representatives from SJOG, the Salvation Army, Medaille Trust, the US Ambassador-at-large for combatting Trafficking in Persons, and Julia de Boinville; with whom Princess Eugenie founded the Anti-Slavery Collective to fight modern slavery by supporting women and children.
SJOG has a growing reputation for delivering services to people who have been subject to modern day slavery with five new services established through a partnership with the Salvation Army.
21 million people wake up to a day of modern day slavery
Today, 30 July, is the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Human trafficking affects every region of the world and the UN states that 21 million people are waking up today as modern slaves.
The UN special rapporteur noted in her latest report that trafficked people can be women, girls, men and boys, However, whilst the number of men trafficked has significantly increased over the past 10 years, women and girls still make up 72% of those detected.
There has also been an increase in the percentage of child victims, which has more than doubled from 2004 to 2016, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Most are trafficked for sexual exploitation; victims are also trafficked for forced labour, recruitment as child soldiers and other forms of exploitation and abuse.
Traffickers prey on the vulnerable and people in poverty who are offered transport to jobs so that they can send money home, when they arrive there is work but they are told they must repay the travel costs, pay for their food, and board, and tools and clothes, and then there is no money left.
“The UN Sustainable Development Goals include clear targets to prevent abuse and exploitation, to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls, and to eradicate forced labour and child labour. On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and help victims rebuild their lives.” UN Secretary General.
SJOG is working with the Salvation Army to provide safe houses around the country to support people who have been subject to modern day slavery to build a positive future.
Video produced by International Labour Organisation
New service in Birmingham supports victims of trafficking
SJOG’s work to reach more people who are victims of modern day slavery and trafficking continues with the opening of a new service in Birmingham. This service offers care and support to help the recovery of those who have suffered extreme psychological trauma as a result of modern day slavery or trafficking.
Saint John of God Week 17-23 June 2019
Saint John of God Week serves to celebrate our founder and lets us focus on how the values, Hospitality, Compassion, Justice, Respect and Trust, are present in our work today. Staff teams provided us with many great stories and photographs from within our services throughout the country to evidence how we live our values every day.
Lingfield Point welcomes charity's national HQ
SJOG has taken an office at Yarn at Lingfield Point, Darlington, where 26 of our staff will be based.
Lingfield Point was chosen because it offers a modern office space for the team here who support our services and the 570 staff we have nationwide. The flexibility offers the opportunity to grow as the charity continues to expand its work. The quality and location are fantastic and were all factors in deciding to base our head office here. The open plan layout means all departments can sit together, have conversations and swap ideas more readily.
The team at Lingfield Point could not have been more helpful in getting the offices ready for us to move in to and we look forward to this being a great home.
Eddie Humphries, Estate Manager at Lingfield Point, said, “We love to welcome new people to Lingfield Point but it’s clear from the start that SJOG will be very special. The work it does is fantastic and the charity is growing and thriving due to the tremendous need for its services. We will be proud to support SJOG in any way we can.”
*Lingfield Point is a 90 acre business park in the heart of Darlington, home to large companies as well as smaller businesses and start-ups with more than 3,000 workers based there.