Welcome to the Sky Project

Based in Bristol, we provide training and support to a range of professionals, communities, schools, universities, professional bodies and any other relevant group on the issues of forced marriage and honour based violence.

Forced Marriage is a criminal offence. If you or someone you know is being forced to marry in the UK or abroad, please contact the Forced Marriage Unit on 0207-0080151. If that person is in immediate danger, please contact the police.


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Recent News

  • Sky Project Newsletter 2023

    Sky Project Newsletter 2023

    Please find attached our latest newsletter, including what we’ve been up to as a project over the last year! Click here to read the Sky Project Newsletter 2023.
  • Legal Heroes Award Winner 2023

    Legal Heroes Award Winner 2023

    Sabeena Pirooz, a Director of the Sky Project, takes home prestigious Law Society Legal Heroes Award 2023. Read the full article: https://www.bristol247.com/business/news-business/bristol-solicitor-named-legal-hero/
  • National Day of Memory for victims of Honour Based Abuse

    National Day of Memory for victims of Honour Based Abuse

    In aid of the National Day of Memory for victims of ‘Honour’ Based Abuse on 14th July 2022, The Sky Project held a conference with some wonderful speakers from the Naz and Matt Foundation and Hidayah.
  • Presenting at Society Conference

    Presenting at Society Conference

    Our Director, Sabeena Pirooz attended the GWH Medicine in Society Conference. An engaging conference with 100% respondents rating the presentation ‘outstanding’.
  • Charity of the Year Finalist – Bristol Life Awards

    Charity of the Year Finalist – Bristol Life Awards

    Our Director, Sabeena Pirooz and Fundraising Co-ordinator and Volunteer, Zara Liedl glammed up to attend the Bristol Life awards where The Sky Project were finalists as ‘Charity of the Year’.

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First Steps In All Cases See them immediately in a secure and private place where the conversation cannot be overheard Recognise and respect their wishes; maintain and reassure them about confidentiality If the young person is under 18 years of

Case Studies

Narina “I felt that I had no option. Oncethey had taken me out of the country there was nothing I could do. I had no contact with anyone but the family. My mother was caught between my feelings and the

Training

Awareness of, and education into the issues and difficulties faced by victims of forced marriage and so called honour based violence are key foundations to effective service provision. In association with the Forced Marriage Unit, we aim to provide an

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Testimonials

The Sky Project gave an engaging and detailed presentation at a recent conference we hosted about the hidden issues of domestic abuse. The warmth and passion they brought to a complex and challenging subject area had the audience gripped. The knowledge and understanding of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence the Sky Project have is enlightening, informative and invaluable to raise awareness and impact on the safety and freedom of people within Bristol and the UK at risk of forced marriage. Thank you so much.

Kim Hometruths, Swindon

In 2016/2017, NBT Midwifery Safeguarding Team undertook five specialist domestic abuse training days, which recorded over 180 midwives, doctors and maternity care assistants attending for Level 3 Safeguard Training. The Safeguard Team were very grateful to have the Sky Project (Sabeena) presenting at the training. This gave the participants an introduction to Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence, the referral system and the knowledge of who can support the community midwives if they have concerns around this issue. On evaluation of the training, 90% of the participants noted that they ‘strongly agreed’ that this training had been beneficial to their knowledge (with the other 10% ‘agreeing’ also). We very much value multi-agency working with agencies such as the Sky Project in order to provide the midwives supporting these vulnerable clients, the knowledge, confidence and skills to support women who may be suffering domestic abuse. Thank you Sky Project for your excellent input and for supporting the training of our midwives and doctors.

Nicola Hennighan Safeguarding Support Midwife