Survivor School

Ending Modern Slavery
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Our Why – Fighting Slavery

About Ending Modern Slavery

Human trafficking and modern slavery happens within Australian borders. This makes us angry. And so 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 modern slavery 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
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Our Survivor School

How we help slavery victims recover.

Our 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.

We run classes both face to face and online. So we can take survivors from all over Australia.  We also run ‘outings’ to help then rebuild confidence and enjoy socialising with peers. And we run ’employment pathways’ with partnered companies for survivors needing work experience.

“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

Funding the End of Slavery

​The Freedom Hub Café and Event Venue

Our Cafe 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. We are an award winning cafe. NSW Business Chambers Regional Winner for Social Enterprise.

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. We also opened a small cafe on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Our venue is ideal for events. Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Corporate Events, Conferences and Small parties. A blank canvas where you can style our white industrial style warehouse with your own taste.

“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

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From the Founder

The Back Story

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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 to part with the Salvation Army and set up an 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, long term 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.

Our social enterprise café, retail store and online shop, help fund our administration and survivor needs. We are privately funded and we need donors to keep the school growing.

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 “How you can Help Guide”

Everyone can do something good to impact others,

Sally Irwin – Founder


Stories of Freedom

Three things I learnt about Modern Slavery in Australia

My name is Brinda. In this blog I want to share what I learnt about slavery and how working at the Freedom Hub impacted my life. Firstly about me. I am an international student from a middle-class family in Nepal. I came to Australia almost two years ago to pursue my...

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Survivor School August 2020 Recap

note: missing links in our August newsletter are here: Cafe/Events  & Ethical Shopping August 2020 Survivor School Recap August Classes This term our school is running 10 classes and finally a number of them are face to face. Clients who need to stay home in their...

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