Small steps transforming lives

The Adavu Project - facilitating a local response to modern slavery in the West Midlands.

Welcome to the Adavu Project

Founded in 2011 as a project of the Birmingham Methodist District (charity no. 1134167), Adavu offers the following:

  • Long term support to adult survivors of modern slavery making the transition into a life in the local community
  • Advocating justice in relation to the issue of Modern Slavery
  • Building partnerships to prevent and frustrate Modern Slavery
  • Raising awareness and understanding of Modern Slavery amongst voluntary, community and faith groups, and enabling effective responses to it

What is Modern Slavery?

The 2017 UK Annual Report on Modern Slavery defines modern slavery as an umbrella term that covers the offences of human trafficking and slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

The Global Slavery Index estimates that there were 136,000 people living in modern slavery in the United Kingdom (UK) on any given day in 2016.

To get help, report a suspicion or seek advice, call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

About the Adavu Project

The Adavu project works to respond to the issues of modern slavery across the West Midlands through long term support to adult survivors of modern slavery making the transition into a life in the local community; advocating justice; building partnerships and raising awareness.

Support for Survivors

A crucial part of our work in the West Midlands is support for adult survivors of modern slavery, providing emotional and practical support and helping them make a transition into life in the local community.


How you can support our work

Spot the signs and tell someone

Contact the Modern Slavery Helpline to get help, report a suspicion or seek advice:

08000 121 700

To report suspicious behaviour you can  call your local police on 101 too or call 999 in an emergency. You can also make an anonymous call to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Make a donation

A financial donation would help us continue and expand our work to support survivors of modern slavery. We would welcome one-off gifts as well as regular giving.


We are at present developing our volunteer programme where local volunteers are being recruited, fully trained and supported to act as Volunteer Befrienders offering practical and emotional support to our clients. Please do contact us to find out more.


What people have said about our work


You are my guardian angel. You have shown me how to do things, helped me and explained to me everything I've needed to know. Thank you.

Survivor, aged 61


Without your support I would not have had the strength to keep going and building a new life. Thank you.

Survivor, aged 51


I cannot believe you helped me find a job. Things have changed so much for me and it wouldn't have been possible without your help and support.

Survivor, aged 26


I might not have scars on my body but you see the scars on my heart.

Survivor, aged 35


Covid-19: what has Adavu learnt?

February 12, 2021

I read an interesting article this morning from an organisation reflecting on lessons learnt from

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The Impact of Covid-19 on Survivors

January 29, 2021

A research report has just been published confirming exactly what we have observed amongst Adavu’s

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2020: what a year!

December 23, 2020

We are fast approaching the end of 2020 whilst hearing rumours of our region about

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What We Do

The Adavu Project has four key areas of work. We offer longer-term support for adult survivors in the West Midlands as well as advocating for justice, building partnerships to respond to modern slavery, and raising awareness of the issue.