Join us in welcoming Red Godfrey-Sagoo as our new CEO!

 

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The Sophie Hayes Foundation is delighted to welcome Red Godfrey-Sagoo as our new CEO. She will continue the foundational work of outgoing CEO Naomi Partridge.

Red has a long history of fighting social injustice. Her experience leading humanitarian organisations and projects will bring significant experience to the Foundation as it grows to expand its work and presence.

Born in Uganda, Red grew up in Birmingham and then moved to the US, where she was a Director for the American Red Cross for six years.  Since then she has had a varied and amazing career, with highlights including: The development of a large programme of educational and food support for underserved minority groups and communities as the Director of Community Services at United Way, supporting the Olympic World Summer Games in Los Angeles as a Director of the Special Olympics and most recently expanding the Safe Passage UK programme, which saw her involvement in the closure of the Calais jungle and where the issue of trafficking again captured her heart.

Red sees her leadership of the Sophie Hayes Foundation as a chance to give back to a large cause from within a smaller talented charity and she can utilise her experience to build on the fantastic platform inherited from Naomi.

Chair of the Sophie Hayes Foundation Board of Trustees, Adam Crossley, said:

“We had a lot of excellent candidates so it wasn’t an easy decision but Red really stood out, not just because of her experience and capability but because of her warm personality and how well she fits with our values.  We’re approaching our seventh anniversary at SHF and I have to pay tribute to Naomi’s leadership over the past three years, giving us an excellent financial platform and growing our capability to support over 130 survivors of trafficking so far; Naomi has been the heart of taking Sophie’s legacy forward and we wouldn’t be here without her.

Red will continue that personal commitment to our values and the aspiration of hope, but joins us as we continue to mature as an organisation.  She is the right person to lead this next phase of Sophie Hayes Foundation putting survivors of trafficking first.  I am really looking forward to working with her.”

Naomi moves on from leading the Sophie Hayes Foundation to help build socially purposeful business, HOLOS, a company that produces natural products, (starting with kombucha, a chilled fermented tea). Some of the proceeds from this new venture will be used to support anti-trafficking charities such as the Sophie Hayes Foundation as well as providing training and jobs for survivors of trafficking.  Naomi will always be part of the Sophie Hayes Foundation story and will continue to support its growth as a volunteer.

Red will start in post on 3rd September and will focus on getting to know the Sophie Hayes Foundation team whilst supporting the delivery of our autumn Day 46 programmes and launching the new Birmingham Day 46 Programme centre.

We hope you are as excited as the Foundation is about the possibilities that lie ahead, so please join us in giving Red the very warmest welcome.

 

Join us in welcoming Red Godfrey-Sagoo as our new CEO!

red

The Sophie Hayes Foundation is delighted to welcome Red Godfrey-Sagoo as our new CEO. She will continue the foundational work of outgoing CEO Naomi Partridge.

Red has a long history of fighting social injustice. Her experience leading humanitarian organisations and projects will bring significant experience to the Foundation as it grows to expand its work and presence.

Born in Uganda, Red grew up in Birmingham and then moved to the US, where she was a Director for the American Red Cross for six years.  Since then she has had a varied and amazing career, with highlights including: The development of a large programme of educational and food support for underserved minority groups and communities as the Director of Community Services at United Way and supporting the Olympic World Summer Games in Los Angeles as a Director of the Special Olympics and expanding the Safe Passage UK programme, which saw her involvement in the closure of the Calais jungle and where the issue of trafficking again captured her heart.

Red sees her leadership of the Sophie Hayes Foundation as a chance to give back to a large cause from within a smaller talented charity and she can utilise her experience to build on the fantastic platform inherited from Naomi.

Chair of the Sophie Hayes Foundation Board of Trustees, Adam Crossley, said:

“We had a lot of excellent candidates so it wasn’t an easy decision but Red really stood out, not just because of her experience and capability but because of her warm personality and how well she fits with our values.  We’re approaching our seventh anniversary at SHF and I have to pay tribute to Naomi’s leadership over the past three years, giving us an excellent financial platform and growing our capability to support over 130 survivors of trafficking so far; Naomi has been the heart of taking Sophie’s legacy forward and we wouldn’t be here without her.

Red will continue that personal commitment to our values and the aspiration of hope, but joins us as we continue to mature as an organisation.  She is the right person to lead this next phase of Sophie Hayes Foundation putting survivors of trafficking first.  I am really looking forward to working with her.”

Naomi moves on from leading the Sophie Hayes Foundation to help build socially purposeful business, HOLOS, a company that produces natural products, (starting with kombucha, a chilled fermented tea). Some of the proceeds from this new venture will be used to support anti-trafficking charities such as the Sophie Hayes Foundation as well as providing training and jobs for survivors of trafficking.  Naomi will always be part of the Sophie Hayes Foundation story and will continue to support its growth as a volunteer.

Red will start in post on 3rd September and will focus on getting to know the Sophie Hayes Foundation team whilst supporting the delivery of our autumn Day 46 programmes and launching the new Birmingham Day 46 Programme centre.

We hope you are as excited as the Foundation is about the possibilities that lie ahead, so please join us in giving Red the very warmest welcome.

 

Hear what some of our interns have to say about their year interning with us

029Rachel: Day 46 Programme Intern and Day 46 Facilitator

“I have absolutely loved being an intern with The Sophie Hayes Foundation this last year. It has been such a privilege to work alongside amazing and inspiring people – both the team and survivors. It has helped me to give human trafficking more of a face as I have met each woman and been inspired by their strength, courage, and resilience. It has helped me to have a greater insight into the everyday issues that survivors of trafficking are facing and increased my eagerness to learn more. It has been an absolute honour to facilitate on the Day 46 Programme and see what an amazing resource it is and see survivors empowered to step into hope filled futures. I will miss being around such strong, generous and kind people and being able to work with such a hope-filled, impactful and passionate charity each week.”

Sakira: Awareness and Influence intern and Day 46 Facilitator

Sakira

“It is hard to express in words how impactful and rewarding it has been to work for the Sophie Hayes Foundation. The opportunities for development have not only been transformative in my professional but also my personal life. It has been an honour to witness first-hand the difference the Day 46 programme can have on the participants in our programme. The personal journey’s, struggles and successes of each survivor I have had the privilege of meeting have both inspired and activated me to continue to fight against modern slavery. The Sophie Hayes Foundation see ‘people’ and this is truly translated both in their support throughout the team and work with survivors. I hope to continue to support the amazing work they do.”

We’re Launching the Day 46 Programme In Birmingham!

 

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We’re SO excited to confirm that we’ll be launching our next Day 46 Centre in Birmingham from September 2018!  We have been running the Day 46 Programme since 2016 in London and worked with over 140 survivors of trafficking, and we’re excited to make a big impact to the lives of the many survivors of trafficking in Birmingham and the West Midlands. The centre will provide our full Day 46 employability service – workshops, coaching and access to education, training and work.

Funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Funding and Peoples Postcode Trust, we’re recruiting for our new Birmingham team to pioneer this new centre, and we currently have two exciting part-time roles available  –

  • Day 46 Programme Manager, who will manage the Centre, manage Day 46 Workshops and referral partnerships and provide leadership to our Birmingham team.
  • Day 46 Outreach Coach, providing direct coaching and employability support for survivors of trafficking who have graduated from our Day 46 Workshops

To apply for these life-changing roles, please follow the links above.  To find out more,  email info@sophiehayesfoundation.org.

We’re recruiting a new treasurer!

Passionate about fighting slavery AND great with numbers?? You could be the next super trustee we have been looking for.  Join us at a critical stage of growth to help us drive sustainability, manage our finances and reach our purpose of empowering survivors of trafficking even more effectively.

You can find more details here:

https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/governance/trustee-bank/vacancy-search/1508?view=vacancy

 

 

Today our 100th Participant starts the Day 46 Programme!

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A message from our CEO

We have reached over 100 women!

We started the Day 46 Programme piloting in two London safehouses in February 2016, as a group of friends at Sophie Hayes Foundation who wanted to help survivors of trafficking grow in confidence, self-belief, purpose, and employability.

The first programmes were VERY steep learning curves, and we remember being absolutely exhausted most of the time! But we persevered, we listened to feedback, we simplified our approach, we embedded an outreach coach to help practical outcomes such as education, work, and training become a reality for graduates and we established a longer-term community (Day 46+) so everyone we worked with had a community they could belong in. And ultimately, it was the women we had the honour of working with that kept us inspired each week. Women who had overcome horrors many of us can’t imagine, and yet retained a sense of hope, dignity, and purpose. You can learn about one of these inspiring participants on our programme through this video.

Since then, as we reach our 100th Day 46 participant, we have worked with over 30 trained facilitators and 12 referral partners across two cities, set up 60 training placements in businesses, charities or social enterprises, helped 35 women into education and 4 into work. Our Day 46 video gives a sense as to how we have evolved what we do to respond to the needs we have seen.

We are so happy that more people are talking about the importance of employability support for survivors of trafficking than when we began. One of the keys to unlocking this issue remains the need for the right to work – with most survivors of trafficking remaining in limbo long term, unable to make plans or gain financial independence. If you want to help in this way, do write to your MP via the Free For Good campaign website – which is advocating for better rights for survivors of trafficking.

We couldn’t mark this occasion without saying a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us on the way – our incredible donors and supporters, our inspiring volunteer facilitators, the businesses, and colleges who have hosted placements, our amazing referral partners, especially Bakhita House and Medaille Trust who piloted with us two years ago, and of course, the women we work with, for whom this is all for. Let’s keep going!

Love Naomi
CEO, Sophie Hayes Foundation