At Ella’s, we do everything we can to ensure survivors of trafficking and exploitation have all they need to recover and build lives that are safe and free.
More than 30 women and 25 children a year currently benefit from our work. The women we support are highly traumatised survivors of trafficking, exploitation and other forms of violence. They come from countries all around the world as well as the UK, and most have complex mental health needs.
We offer safe house accommodation for women when they are most vulnerable, care to help them recover, and long-term community-based support to help them build safe, independent lives.
Our support is essential to the safety and freedom of survivors. Without it, many would fall back into danger.
By supporting Ella’s, you will help to create lasting and positive change for some of the UK’s most marginalised women.
Women like Marie
'This is the best place I've lived,' says Marie (pictured below), one of Ella's' safe house residents. 'Since I came to Ella's, I haven't been admitted into hospital once.'
Marie is a survivor of trafficking, still in her early 20s. She grew up in another country and was exploited from childhood. She was never really free.
When she arrived at Ella's, Marie's mental health was in a bad way. She'd been in hospital a number of times. She was traumatised, and lacked the confidence and basic life skills she needed to live safely. But today, Marie is making incredible progress.
The care and community she's experienced at Ella's, together with the mental health support and other services we've helped her to access, have changed everything for Marie. 'I used to feel completely isolated,' she says. 'During my time at Ella's, I've felt more loved than I ever have before in my life. It’s amazing to me that I have people in my life here who care about making my room look nice!' she says.
Marie has reached the stage where we can help her make goals for her future. We're helping her work towards employment, and she has started studying design at university. None of this would have been possible for Marie before she came to Ella's.
Please choose to support Ella's today. Our work is urgent and crucial, to help women like Marie recover and stay safe. Your gift will be life changing for women like her. Thank you.