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About Our Cause

Human trafficking and slavery happens within Australian borders, and this makes us angry. We are determined to fight this crime in our country and you can join us.

This is Australia, the lucky country, how can we allow this to continue?

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
Our School

The Freedom Hub Survivor 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, 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.

“The Freedom Hub helps survivors stay motivated & seek opportunities to live a life of  freedom, by offering individual supported learning and work pathways. This sets them up  with hope and the opportunity to have another go and not lose heart.”

Sally Irwin, Founder

We Help

​The Freedom Hub Café and Event Venue

Venue is a place where local customers can enjoy healthy, fresh food knowing their money is making a difference. 100% of our profits support the school and cause. “Small change, Big effect”. Our food is sourced locally whenever possible and we check there is no slavery in our supply chain. All our staff are paid full award wages and our suppliers partner to fight the crime of slavery in Australia.

“Our stunning warehouse venue is extremely popular for people who want to align their usual spending with their values. Ethical weddings, engagements and parties are a great way to shout ‘I care’ and leverage your spending to make the world a better place”

Sally Irwin, Founder

From the Founder

The Back Story

The seeds were sown on a dark street in Berlin, Germany where I spent three years supporting women who had been trafficked across the eastern borders for sex. Faces, smells, and stories I can never forget.

Naively I thought we were immune to this horrid crime in Australia. The reality that slavery happens here in many industries not just the sex trade; and the rage that built up inside me, motivated me to do something. The Freedom Hub was born out of this drive.

On returning to Australia in 2012, I worked as the volunteer coordinator in a safe house for trafficked women managed by The Salvation Army.  As more and more victims were being found, there was a huge need for training to help the survivors find employment and rebuild their lives.

To continue and grow this training opportunity for more survivors, I needed part with the Salvation Army and set up our own independent school, allowing the safe house to remain a secret & safe residential place.

The Freedom Hub Ltd was the result. A Survivor School was established specifically to rebuild survivor’s lives, providing student led free courses. Our courses are broken into three categories: life skill classes, personal skill classes and work ready classes. We also offer educational outings to build friendships, community and fun while they learn about Australia.

We are the ONLY organisation set up to specifically provide one to one, life coaching and training for modern day slavery survivors in Australia.

The Freedom Hub Ltd is a registered charity that equips survivors to live in freedom and we welcome volunteers and local fundraising events to help this cause succeed.

We also run a social enterprise café and retail store, which provides an opportunity for every Australian to choose ethically sourced products with no slavery in the supply chain, while making a difference in the lives of others. 100%of profits support the administration of our Survivor School.

I sincerely hope you will partner in this cause, by telling others, joining our community, shopping online, visiting our café or sponsoring a survivor. See our “Six Ways to Help Guide”

Everyone can do something good to impact others,

Sally Irwin – Founder

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Stories of Freedom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp1LanwINdM
Sally Irwin – The Freedom Hub

Sally Irwin restored our faith in humanity when we first interviewed her about her fight for the futures of survivors of modern day slavery in Australia. This week Sally shares her journey, and the challenges she overcame, to found The Freedom Hub. Sally very aptly describes this stylish and ethically run café, wedding and event space as a business for purpose.

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