Author: ChAD Committee

Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

As we have discussed this in detail before and the committee were very concerned about it Bill Hodkiss was invited to a meeting (as his job includes Crime, antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse Human trafficking and modern day slavery).

to see if there was anything ChAD or the general public could help with

. He explained the following.

1.It affects every county and everyone should be made aware of it.

  1. People are promised a new life, house, job etc. and it is all lies.
  2. Once people are taken by the people who promise everything they then find themselves like virtual prisoners, treated as slaves, used as prostitutes, beaten, living in houses where it is unfit for people to live with far too many people living in the same house/flat/caravan etc.

4, Many may work shifts and have to share beds or floor space, as one person comes home from work the other gets up and goes to work.


  1. They are tricked and have very little money, most of it goes to the people who are running the trafficking and slavery who get the workers into a lot of debt’


  1. The workers (who they refer to as horses) are so scared to say anything as many don’t speak the countries language and they and their families are threated.


Bob urged anyone who saw anything unusual to contact them. People should not think that they are wasting anyone’s time, it is important to investigate and check peoples back grounds to make sure people are safe.


He informed everyone that if they have any concerns then the police should be called on 101 or 999

There is also a National Helpline 0800 0121 700

He gave reassurance that people who are found to be living in these conditions are taken to safe places.



We went out to visit Quarry fields to share information about what we and they had been doing. We found that Quarry fields were offering work experience training in their café as well as holding teaching sessions about employment. ChAD members were invited to an education session where they gave  a presentation about ChAD

We were impressed with the café , the menus and the work they were completing .

We have a good relationship with Quarryfields and exchange any relevant information





Whilst doing the work on the All Age LD and Autism Strategy it reinforced concerns people with LD have regarding having minimal opportunities to build relationships of different kinds. With this in mind we asked Love to Meet You (who we had worked with many years ago) to visit the office to find out more about their current work.

Nicola Costello, Project Development Worker visited and went through specific details of how they worked and what was available by the means of social opportunities and support.  Nicola will be attended the  May Meeting which enabled ChAD to share information. Several people have since joined the group

Sheffield Voices / Social Inclusion

As we have worked with Sheffield voices in the past, they have invited us to their August Meeting.

It was not what we expected, as it was more of a social event.

It was at the virgin money shop where different community groups are allocated the use of a room free

Having fun on the bowling alley

every two months for 2 hours at a time.

This includes free drinks and biscuits i.e., lattes, cappuccinos etc. and the following activities for free:

  • A 2-lane bowling alley.
  • Juke box
  • Table football
  • Air hockey
  • Pool
  • Play station / sky games
  • A meeting area


Other floors have free drinks, fruit, and biscuits for anyone to meet with friends and socialise.

Lauren enjoying the free interactive facilities


We have met with Katy Turner to see if there is a possibly of getting something like this in  Doncaster to help people socialise, not feel isolated and feel part of the community.  Katy joined us on the following  meeting on 3rd October. She spoke with facilitator Kathryn Littlewood to find out more information and we discussed similar possibilities .

We have also mentioned this at the P/B meeting and the scrutiny panel and were informed that there may be a possibility that a presently unused building could be used for social interaction in a similar way.