Meet Anti-Modern-Day Slavery Ambassador, Revd Sue Foster

Read our interview with Revd Sue Foster, who details her actions within the Diocese and how these have led her to her new role as Anti-Modern-Day Slavery Ambassador.

Thank you Revd Sue for your time and helping us better understand your role and goals.

Revd Sue commented:

I am a retired Vicar, run a Mothers Union branch at St Georges Church in Worthing and have become a Trustee this year. This led to me volunteering to be a Modern Slavery Ambassador; I took on this role because I believe everyone should have the opportunity to lead the life they want to and have the freedom to make their own choices.

Mothers Union have branches attached to most churches, so my aim is to travel to groups throughout the Diocese and help members and others to be more aware of modern slavery and its implications. Like many, I knew very little about modern slavery, but through Zoom meetings and the Clewer website, my eyes have been opened - a book by Louise Hulland called “Stolen Lives” is a very informative read and taught me so much.

The problem seems so huge, but if we all become aware, look out for each other and those we don’t know, then maybe we can make a difference to someone’s life and help them to have the freedom they deserve.

I would encourage anyone who witnesses or hears something that they don’t feel comfortable with to take that next step and report it to your local police on 101. You can also call the Modern Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700.

As the saying goes: ‘if it doesn’t look right it probably isn’t’.

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