Azalea exists to communicate the unconditional love of God and belief of change to women and children caught in sexual exploitation in Luton.
We communicate to women in words and actions that they are valuable, and that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is evidence of God's radical love for us all. We call ourselves Azalea because the flower is often associated with dignity and an important Bible verse for us is Proverbs 31:25 which says: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” The women we meet have remarkable strength and dignity, but it is our prayer that through receiving and responding to God's love they too would be able to "laugh at the days to come".
We achieve this through our outreach work, drop-in centre and through individual befriending relationships. By drawing on the compassion of volunteers from churches across the town we can offer holistic spiritual and practical support and a wider Christian community where the women can experience social inclusion. We work closely with statutory partners to form exit strategies from sexual exploitation and drug addiction. We regularly collate evidenceto in order to asses our values and policies.
We have a broader influence on sexual exploitation globally consulting and training teams around the world. We work alongside the police and other statutory partners to share intelligence around sexual exploitation. We lobby and support parliament in their review of the laws surrounding prostitution and trafficking.
We are primarily funded through donations from individuals and churches and we also receive grants from a variety of Trusts.