Everyday Activism graduate Nancy launches Bradford Survivor Alliance

We really want people inside and outside of our community to learn about the journeys graduates typically experience in campaigning: the hard work, the setbacks, the successes and the will to succeed.

Nancy is a graduate of both our Everyday Activism activism programme and Bootcamp 14, and has been very busy with her campaigning since she graduated from both of these. You may have seen Nancy in the media recently; she featured in an article to help raise awareness on trafficking and modern slavery. Like many Bootcampers she has put great effort into sharing her story in order to get her message out there. We are proud to have Nancy sharing her story with our community, so thought we would ask her a few questions about what she has been up to recently.

Since Nancy finished the Everyday Activism Programme she has been busy doing all sorts of campaigning: ‘I marched with ‘A Million Women Rise’ in London to raise awareness, and we did a big joint group effort to speak and hand over a petition to the Home Office and to No. 10 Downing Street.  This was to demand more support for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery in the UK‘.

Nancy also launched and is running a group called Bradford Survivor Alliance, which is a group run by survivors, for survivors. The group has lots of regular attendees, which is a massive achievement! Unfortunately, the group do not meet as frequently as Nancy would like, which she told us is due to not having enough funds at the moment. She’s highlighted this as her next challenge to overcome. 

It was important to Nancy that she create this group, as she told us that a lot of other organisations are ‘not saying what we want to say, and not saying it how we want to say it, so we thought a self-led group would be crucial to address this. I thought that it would fill a gap in the system for support for survivors too.’ Like many survivors, she found support systems for survivors to be lacking, so took the initiative to move forward with her campaign.

Nancy told us she has learnt a lot from the Everyday Activism programme and the skills enabled her to set up her group through the Survivors Alliance. Nancy has been able to understand the nature of organising with a grassroots group, and how to grow individual strength of group individuals.

Nancy also acknowledged that whilst she is proud of what they’ve achieved so far, she has a lot of work ahead of her: she is hoping to change policy on the treatment and support that survivors receive, especially those who are migrants, refugees or asylum seekers. ‘The aim is that anyone who has been identified as a victim of human trafficking or slavery is given leave to remain,’ she told us. 

We know that our inspirations help us work harder in our campaigns so we asked Nancy what encourages her; she says that her life experiences have inspired her. She told us ‘the Home Office and the media claim one thing, whilst what we experience in reality is different: survivors have suffered and are still suffering.’

We know it’s important to keep good mental health through our campaigning, so I asked Nancy what she does to relax. Nancy says she loves to sing when she is alone, it makes her happy! We wish her good luck for the future and hopes she keeps on singing!

Click here to read Nancy’s interview with the Guardian

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