Our mission statement

Restore aims to rebuild the life intended for survivors of human trafficking,

by providing a safe place where women can get the respect and dignity that every person deserves,

receive practical help to build the strong foundations in our society that every person needs,

and provide much needed hope that, no matter what traumatic experiences they’ve had, they can enjoy a fulfilled life free from fear, which is the type of life that every person is worth.

Since coming to Restore,
I have a plan for my future.
I feel safe here.
My health is better and I sleep better here.
I am happy and I feel more confident.
— Survivor at Restore

1. Rescue or Escape

The vital first step that the police and several NGOs in the UK are tackling.

2. REFUGE

Those saved from trafficking are kept in a safe house for 45 days.

3. RESTORATION

The final but continuous process to see a soul restored and rebuilt to the life intended.

 

Our work is in Stage 3: Restoration.

What good is it to escape traffickers, only to re-live the trauma over and over again every day in your mind?

Rebuilding the life intended means working to help survivors overcome their past and enjoy their future.

Rescuing a life from trafficking is only the beginning of their recovery, but currently only a handful of organisations in the UK are helping survivors begin the real work of living a life free from fear: the life that they intended once upon a time.

Being trafficked leaves an individual broken, afraid and untrusting of any individual. And all too often, they slide back into the ‘life’ they escaped as they have nowhere else to go. 

Yet these are people who had plans, hopes and dreams for their life that can still be accomplished. We must not forget them, leaving them to be the lucky few who escaped, but help them to rebuild the life intended.

Befriending

After trust has been broken we rebuild it by bringing great people into their lives to befriend them, take them out on activities and to be that smiling face that simply encourages them.

Trauma Recovery

All survivors need support to recover from the trauma of trafficking. We do this by building long-term relationships, providing opportunities for regaining valued social roles and accessing both traditional and alternative therapy.

PEER SUPPORT

Individuals can be most comfortable with peers who understand, and have lived, their own struggles. We provide networks to enable this to happen with the survivors we support.

LIFE SKILLS

Many survivors have been robbed of the opportunity to learn those things that many of us take for granted. We help them build a foundation for life, from things such as learning how to cook, to budgeting, and from personal wellbeing to communication skills.


We can’t address issues of employment, life skills, or anything else until we address the trauma. How can we expect someone to get a job when they can’t even get out of bed or are afraid to leave the shelter?
— Treating The Hidden Wounds, 2008
It only takes a few days to break a woman, it takes many years to help rebuild her life. What we have learned is that life after trafficking is no less dangerous than life in trafficking.
— Animus Association Foundation, La Strada, 2008 p.83