Building self confidence can be a big part of recover in a survivor story. Trust and belief in self is stripped when you have been a victim of modern slavery.

The Back Story

After being held captive by a family for 8 years and forced to work unpaid every day, Cindy* finally found freedom.

She came to the Freedom Hub just last year with dreams of becoming an aged care worker. She was quiet and nervous. Her confidence was low and she could never dream of being able to study. Even to work in a legitimate job like Aged Care seemed beyond her reach.

Her motivation and tenacity immediately identified her as a scholarship candidate. We raised money from donations to the Freedom Hub which helped fund Cindy’s scholarship. Attending our Survivor School classes she studied; Australian Culture, Confident Communication, Computer Skills, Work Ready Skills, Budgeting, Office Skills, Swimming and Yoga.

Mid year she entered our work experience program and was offered two weeks paid work experience with a Freedom Hub employment partner. They liked her so much they offered her a permanent job! Following work experience Cindy started a Certificate III in Individual Support at TAFE. This was a huge step towards achieving her dream.

Today – A Survivor Story worth Sharing
Last week she graduated and is looking forward to starting work as an aged carer.

We asked Cindy a few questions about her time with The Freedom Hub so far:

1. What did the Freedom Hub assist you? “The Freedom Hub knew my situation and took it seriously. They helped find me great places to study and gain work experience.”

2. What do you like most about being at the Freedom Hub?” They are kind, friendly, caring and understood what has happened to me.”

3. What did you learn from the work experience program?”The work experience program provided me with new skills. I learnt great customer service, time management and team work. I especially love the team that I work with.”

4.What are you future plans? “My future plans are to use the skills I have gained from the work experience and do my best finding the job that’s the best for me.”

The Freedom Hub exists to help people who have experienced this crime and we partner in the fight to end global slavery. We do this by…

running a Survivor School for rehabilitation
a café/event venue to help fund the school
a slave free retail range for ethical shoppers
and we collaborate with partners to help end this crime
The Freedom Hub Survivor School
Our school is a place where survivors are trained, encouraged and prepared for the workforce. A place where, through one-to-one mentoring, supported learning, and practical application; survivors can learn faster than in a large group. So they feel valued, and trust is reestablished. Survivors are accelerated into a position of success as our classes are sensitive to their unique needs and PTSD.

*To protect the identity of our client we have changed the name and used a photo model.