Modern Slavery in North Wales and Beyond… (Article by Ali Ussery, Transform International)

Posted on May 23, 2016

Modern Slavery in North Wales and Beyond…

When the word ‘slavery’ is mentioned it brings up many different images – often back to the 1800s in the fields of North America or the sugar plantations of the West Indies.  People such as William Wilberforce come to mind, and his fight to abolish the slave trade, which took over twenty years, leading to the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.  He saw man’s inhumanity to man for himself and made a decision to work for change.  While raising awareness about the horrific realities of slavery he said “ You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know”.

Although the Act made slavery illegal, it did not stop it!  Slavery is happening today … human beings are being bought and sold as commodities.  It is estimated that there are over 20 million enslaved people in the world today and over 13,000 in the UK.  Many of these vulnerable individuals are brought into the country by criminals to be used and abused, while some are British nationals who have found themselves trapped in exploitation.

Modern Slavery / Human Trafficking is happening in North Wales.  There have been incidents of domestic servitude, sexual, labour and criminal exploitation recorded here in recent years.  Men, women and children have been identified as victims and rescued from terrible situations.  In 2013 the North Wales Anti-Slavery Project began, and was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through local statutory agencies.  A huge amount of work has been done in awareness raising and training for public servants, community groups and other partners, and over 4000 people have attended sessions to learn about the realities of modern slavery today, the signs and indicators and what to do about it.  As the North Wales Anti-Slavery Coordinator, and with over 30 years experience serving in North Wales Police, Jim Coy has brought a great deal of insight and expertise to the work.

The strategy of the project has 4 main aims : awareness raising, prevention, survivor support and investigation.  This work will continue despite the fact that funding was not made available to keep the Coordinator.  The charity partners in North Wales such as Transform, BAWSO and British Red Cross will continue to support North Wales Police in this fight to rescue vulnerable and abused individuals and bring criminals to justice.  The UK passed the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, bringing into post an  ‘Anti-Slavery Commissioner’ (Mr Kevin Hyland), and we continue the work in line with his plan.

In North Wales, we have developed a very robust foundation for the work, with a ‘multi-victim contingency plan’ that has been tried and tested … during an operation to rescue 111 migrant workers in March 2015, and a reception centre model and strategy for an effective response to incidents that arise, where the survivors (victims) are treated with respect and care as a priority while law enforcement agents deal with the perpetrators.  We also have a ‘survivor care pathway’ in place and excellent working relationships with partner agencies, to make sure that survivors are kept in a place of safety, where they can begin to recover from the abuse and trauma that they have experienced.

The fight against this crime must continue!  In North Wales the risk areas include Holyhead Port and the major roads, nail bars, hand car washes, fast food outlets etc.  Domestic servitude is a difficult area to discover as usually an individual is kept hidden away in a home doing all the cleaning, cooking or even caring for young children, with no pay or access to services.  Online grooming is a serious issue also and it is important that our young people are taught about the risks.

How can you help?  It is really important that everyone is aware of the reality of modern slavery, and report any suspicious incidents to the police or crimestoppers immediately.

This is a hidden crime that is happening all over the world, but with the help of fellow compassionate human beings we can make a difference and reach out to those who need our help!

“It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity.  It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric.  It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets.  It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime.  I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name — modern slavery.” President B. Obama

For more information about the signs and indictors please refer to or contact

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act – now come into force

Posted on May 4, 2016

The Social Services and Well-being Act is the new law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support.

The Act changes the way people’s needs are assessed and the way services are delivered, people will have more of a say in the care and support they receive.

To keep up to date of developments, new resources available, forthcoming events please visit

You can also sign up to receive the regular e-bulletins from Care Council for Wales

(Source SCiP update)

High Sheriff of Clwyd Awards Nominations – message from Wendy Jones

Posted on March 8, 2016

On behalf of CVSC, DVSC, AVOW, FLVC and Mrs Janet Evans (High Sheriff of Clwyd 2015/16), I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those who took the time to nominate your chosen individuals or organisations for a High Sheriff of Clwyd Community Award.

Some truly exceptional nominations were received this year. Competition has been fierce and I, the other Chief Officers and our trustee panels have all had some very tough decisions to make. Eventually, we settled on our winners – eight individuals and four organisations – who were announced and awarded at the ceremony on Friday 4th of March 2016. On the evening, the High Sheriff also revealed her two overall Commendations, as well as winners of her Personal Awards and the Crimebeat awards.

Full details of all the awards presented and photographs from the ceremony will be circulated this week on our website and social media accounts.

Regardless of the results, it has been fantastic to see that, at a time when funding is scarce and community groups are facing unprecedented levels of demand for their services, there are still so many people across the four counties doing such great things – selflessly, willingly and voluntarily – for the good of their communities.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to bring these “local heroes” to our attention.

Wendy Jones

Chief Officer, CVSC


New! Epilepsy Wales Support Group

Posted on February 25, 2016


Epilepsy Wales Support Group

Epilepsy Wales Support Group
Every second Thursday of the month
10.30 – 12.30
Debenhams Café, Bangor
Join us for a cuppa and a chat



01978 312 325

Dewis Cymru

Posted on January 19, 2016

We are writing to you about the Dewis Cymru initiative. (,

As you may know, Dewis Cymru provides a central location online for anyone in the community who is looking for information and assistance about health, social care and wellbeing nationally, from sources within the public and third sector organisations across Wales.

The Dewis initiative began in North Wales and is now being rolled out nationally for the whole of Wales, in line with The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, which comes into effect in April 2016.

This excellent and developing network is available to you as an organisation to promote your work and involvement in the community with no cost to you, and the information that you provide will then be accessible for everyone throughout Wales.

If you have not registered with Dewis, you are invited to do so, by clicking on the link above and following the steps to provide information about the services that you offer. (See attached document with information on how to get started) If you are already part of the network, please take a few moments to log in and check that your details are current.

For more information about Dewis, or if you require any assistance in logging in and setting up your account, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Also if you know of any services within your network or community that should be advertised and included on Dewis, please pass on this message or let us know.

With grateful thanks,

DEWIS facilitators :

Ali Ussery – & Lesley Brown –

TEL. 01492 534091

Quit for Them Campaign

Posted on January 19, 2016

‘Quit For Them’ is a campaign targeting parents and grandparents, and encourage and support as many people as possible to quit smoking.

Co-created with children and young people in North Wales, Quit for Them is designed to offer easy and effective solutions to help parents and grandparents to quit smoking. And signpost smokers to cessation services which include pharmacy and Stop Smoking Wales as well as supporting people who want to try and quit independently. The campaign uses social media and online advertising supported by some outdoor media and print.

Quit For Them Campaign Guide

CVSC Annual Report 14 – 15 now available to read online

Posted on January 6, 2016

We are pleased to share with you CVSC’s 2014/15 Annual Report.

The winter edition of CVSC’s magazine is here!

Posted on December 21, 2015

Read online (below) or download here: Winter 2015 Magazine

Financial Inclusion and Tackling Poverty Together E-module

Posted on October 23, 2015

E-learning is here!

You can easily access the E-Learning module through and click on “Third Party Registration” on the right hand side.

Then select “Financial Inclusion” for the directorate and CVSC for the organisation.

It is entirely flexible and you can complete it in sections, at your own pace.

Please find a poster, FAQ sheet as well as some informal practical pointers below for your guidance.
Please do take this opportunity to take advantage of this excellent learning to ensure you and your organisation are best placed to signpost or refer to appropriate agencies supporting communities.

Some practical tips from CVSC Volunteers

Financial Inclusion and Tackling Poverty Together


The Welsh Language Commissioner’s new service for third sector and private sector organisations.

Posted on July 10, 2015

The home of our service is the Hybu micro-site: here is a summary of our work:

1.    To present charities and businesses with the advantages of working in Welsh and English. This is demonstrated through our research and video clips.

2.    To provide practical support for organisations through our various guidance documents, our proof reading service and our practical training courses

3.    To present the Welsh Language Progress Plan – an opportunity to assess your current provision through a questionnaire and produce and implementation plan

4.    The micro-site is a portal for wider support from the Commissioner’s officers.


From now on the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Promotion and Facilitation team will be transferring third sector organisations from implementing Welsh language schemes to the Welsh Language Progress plan system. The new system builds on the foundation of your language schemes by helping you to set clear, practical and measurable targets that work towards results. Many of you will have already been implementing Welsh language schemes, others have not fully completed the process.

This is an invitation to meet with myself or a member of the Promotion and Facilitation Team in order to guide you through the process of committing to a Welsh Language Progress Plan.


Why should you do this?

·         On the basis of our research with a range of third sector organisations assessing their experiences of implementing Welsh language schemes, the Progress Plan system is more practical and purposeful system that should lead towards results.

·         The system was prepared with the principles and requirements of the new Welsh language Standards in mind.

·         As the Standards come into force, the expectations on the organizations that fund you will change. This is a way for you to prepare for the changess that may affect you.

·         PQASSO for Wales which was launched on 10 June in order to strengthen quality in the third sector in Wales includes clear statements in relation to the need to consider the Welsh language and prepare a Welsh Language Progress plan in order to do this effectively.


I shall look forward to hearing from you in order to arrange a meeting to advise you on committing to a Welsh Language Progress Plan. In the meantime please take a look at our website.

Yours sincerely



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