This event took place on 20th June 2017 at the University of Nottingham and was well attended with around 40 people including local activists, frontline social workers and faith leaders at the event to hear from the expert panel and discuss three of Unchosen’s short films. The level and quality of debate was very high, with detailed questions and analysis from both the audience and panel members. The evening concluded with an introduction from Dr Alison Gardner to the ‘Slavery-free Communities’ programme in Nottinghamshire, together with an invitation for the audience to make contact and explore in more detail how they might get involved.
Partnerships: Unchosen partnered with Nottingham’s University’s Research Priority Area in Rights and Justice and Antislavery Usable Past Project in conjunction with their work to help make Nottingham a slavery-free city.
• To raise awareness of modern slavery to the community of Nottingham, increase public awareness of modern day slavery.
• To strengthen community responses through increasing engagement between partners and wider public.
Unchosen Films shown at the event – What do you see?, Yoke Farm, Safina
Event chaired by – Professor Zoe Trodd
Panellists – (Two Q&A sessions)
• Detective Superintendent Austin Fuller – Director of Intelligence for Nottinghamshire Police, Police lead for Modern Slavery, a member of the Nottinghamshire Anti-Slavery group
• Robin Brierley- Executive Director West Midlands Anti Slavery Network
• Professor Gary Craig- Professor Emeritus of Social Justice, Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull
• Melissa Blackburn – CEO Unchosen
Comments from the audience…
“I am lead organiser for Nottingham Citizens and we have a new Strategy Action Team looking at Modern Slavery so I’m keen to learn from different agencies as the team continue their work and research (and action).”
“Very interesting discussion. Thought provoking films.”
“Felt that Q&A could have been longer.”
“Great conference and presentations and I’ve been to a lot. Films excellent. Good level of understanding before event.”