Bright Future

Accessing secure, good-quality work in a professional environment, has often been difficult for people who have experienced Modern Slavery, or those who have only ever know poor, or exploitative working conditions. 

Many survivors feel nervous or unsure of how to go about applying for jobs in the UK, or lack the confidence they need to deal with interviews. 

Bright Future was developed by City Hearts as a partnership with the Co-op in 2017 as a way of fast-tracking survivors of Modern Slavery into steady employment by offering them work placements. After a successful three years of growth, it became an independent co-operative in 2020, whose members include the businesses who provide placements, and the charities who refer survivors into the programme. 

Survivors of Modern Slavery and Trafficking, who can be supported by any anti-slavery organisation in the UK, are referred into Bright Future to be matched with a business. The business then provides an initial four-week work placement. During this period, the charity continues to provide support for the individual. If the placement is successful, the individual is offered a permanent job. 

City Hearts holds the contract to deliver the National Matching Service, which helps match clients with appropriate work placements. 

“After two weeks there was £200 in my account, I couldn’t believe it! Such joy! My job was permanent. I knew nobody could take it from me. I got to know my rights as a person” - Bright Future client with a permanent job at the Co op.

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