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Anti Slavery Day 2020

This newsletter comes to you on Anti-Slavery Day 2020. Today we want to acknowledge the amazing individuals we have the privilege of walking beside as they rebuild their lives. We get to witness first-hand the small and large victories they make as they carve out a new path full of hope and opportunity. However, we also want to acknowledge those who remain in situations of exploitation today both in the UK and abroad. Over the past 5 and a half years since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act, the UK has come a long way in how it combats Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Unfortunately, however we still have a long way to go to ensure legislation provides the appropriate protections for those most affected. Today is marked by a number of campaigns raising awareness of different aspects of Anti Trafficking work taking place across the country, rather than try to replicate them, I am going to share a few and encourage you to go and read about them and take action!
  1. Write to your MP by the 19th October to ensure the inclusion of clause 12 of the Immigration and Social Security Bill to guarantee support for trafficked EU nationals after Brexit. Find out more
  2. Forced Labour is one of the most common forms of slavery in the UK. Get on social media and encourage more businesses to take Modern Slavery in their supply chains seriously Find out more
  3. Homeless people are at risk of modern slavery. Let’s talk about how you can help. Find out more

Now more about what we have been up to in our part of the world.

At the beginning of September, Naila and Lesley met the Police and Crime Commissioner. We are really grateful for the funding from him that has allowed us to employ Naila to help build our network in the community and to develop our volunteering.

Which leads us nicely onto... introducing Naila!

Happy October! As the days get shorter, darker and colder and the nights get longer and chillier, it’s a time we can take to keep ourselves motivated and connected.  We could learn a new skill, apply for that job, take up a new hobby, create a space that feels safe and relaxing and practice some emotional wellbeing, or even sign up for some volunteering.  We will have some great volunteer opportunities and new roles coming up soon – keep a watch out on our website.

I am Naila Ahmed – Volunteer and Community Engagement Co-ordinator.  It has now been a month since I joined the amazing team at Rebuild Project, and I have been busy doing lots of exciting things such as looking at creating new volunteer roles, policies and procedures, getting to know other organisations and the work that they are doing in the area in order to create links and multi-agency working, as well as networking virtually!

If you are an organisation that I have not yet come across, please feel free to contact me on my email address below and we can arrange an introductory meeting to discuss ways that we can work together. 

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please check our website ( or you can drop us an email with any questions or queries (

Anna and the Brain!

Mental and emotional wellbeing is such an important consideration for all of us.  During this time of Covid 19, this has been even more challenging for many people.  At Rebuild it was apparent that creating ‘space’ for our individuals to be able to think about their own wellbeing and to gain some understanding, skills and tips would be really beneficial.

In order to address this, Anna created some short and simple videos on the neuroscience of how our brain works and how trauma impacts that working.  In each video she introduced the relevant parts of the brain that are associated with responses to fear and trauma and simplified each part by renaming them as a character along with their biological name.

Each session was part of a jigsaw that pieces together the neuroscience, explaining what happens when people are triggered or have flashback and nightmares.  She then introduced some practical strategies and exercises that they could use to help.  Some of these would be around breathing, the importance of how we breathe, and how breathing affects our physiological states.

Gaining an understanding of how our brain works has been so helpful for some of our individuals and has caused them to begin to understand their responses to trauma in ways they had not heard of or understood before, which has been an empowering and releasing experience in their journey.
We can’t wait to get back to running face to face groups again…
Since I started going to Rebuild drop in sessions in 2018, I have completely changed as a person.  I never used to enjoy going out because of low self-esteem. But now, I look forward to going to Rebuild where I enjoy different creative arts and sewing.  At Rebuild I can focus on myself positively without thinking of anything negative.  All this is because of the friendly staff we meet each time we go to Rebuild. 
These ladies are a blessing to us and I thank God for having them in my life.
Thank you for your continued interest and support in the work of Rebuild!

The Rebuild Team
Rebuild East Midlands is a registered charitable incorporated organization (CIO) 1182059 in England.

Our mailing address is:
Rebuild Project, PO Box 8424, Derby DE1 9GH

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