Tamar was founded in 2013 from within All Souls Church, Langham Place, after a neighbouring charity approached us to help with outreach to sex workers in Westminster. A small volunteer team assembled that had a heart for outreach, in particular reaching people who had been trafficked, and the Tamar team was born.
Tamar is a Biblical name. There are two stories in the bible of women called Tamar who were both badly mistreated by men and society. There are a number of other references to women who were involved in sex work throughout the Bible, and Jesus went out of his way to show them care and value which was significantly countercultural at that time.
In September 2018 we celebrated our fifth birthday. During these first five years we have connected with over 1200 individuals working in the sex industry in Westminster.
Individuals we have supported over the years know that the team give their time for free, and therefore see us as friends who choose to spend time with them.
The Tamar team is made up of a number of volunteers, whose roles include:
We're grateful to Microsoft working with Imperial College Department of Computing Society (DoCSoc) to support our befriending service through the provision of phones.