The Snowdrop Project is a Sheffield-based charity providing one-to-one long-term support to survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. The Snowdrop Project supports survivors in their recovery and helps them to rebuild their lives through professional one-to-one counselling, group well-being sessions, social work support, ESOL classes, a house renovation programme and community activities such as dance and sewing. Snowdrop also provides help with childcare to enable survivors to access these services, as well as a befriending programme to help survivors engage in their community and form friends to reduce social isolation.
Funding from the NET Coronavirus Appeal, through South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, has enabled the Snowdrop Project to set up an emergency programme, delivering food, household essentials, phone top-ups, plus gas and electricity cards to 24 families with urgent needs.
By providing IT equipment to those that need it, ongoing specialist trauma counselling has been provided for the most isolated individuals and also helped reduce the level of digital isolation Snowdrop clients experience. Well-being packs, including English lesson worksheets, colouring and games for children, plus mindfulness activities have been distributed to 26 families in the local area.
Denise Lawrenson, Head of Fundraising at Snowdrop Project, said: “The funding from NET Coronavirus Appeal has been instrumental in helping survivors of trafficking through such a difficult period. By helping Snowdrop clients access services digitally and providing food parcels, NET have made a huge difference in the lives of survivors of trafficking. Thank you.”