Sofa to Summit – Linda’s Story

Linda Walmsley is a health and wellbeing facilitator here at City Hearts. She has embraced running to beat the blues and is now completing our Sofa to Summit challenge with her running club. She recently shared her story with Woman Alive, Yorkshire Times, UnLtd magazine and Yorkshire Post. Linda explains: “I returned to education later in life to study Education, …

Sofa to Summit

Registration is now open! On the 19th April, we will be embarking on a two-week virtual journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, raising money for survivors of modern slavery and those seeking a crime-free future, and we challenge you to join the expedition. At 5895 metres high, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. The route is 49 miles …

Modern Slavery Referral Number

From the 4th January 2021, the Salvation Army’s confidential modern slavery helpline number will change to 0800 808 3733.  This designated number will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Remember, someone may be trapped in modern slavery if: They look unkempt or malnourished, with few personal belongings They may appear uneasy and …

What Freedom Looks Like

Introducing our Christmas Campaign: What Freedom Looks Like.  This year has given us time to reflect upon what is truly important, reminding us just how valuable our independence really is and how challenging it can be when our freedom is restricted.  During their time in exploitation, many of our clients had their independence and freedom stolen. This may be their …

Cooking for survivors of modern slavery this Christmas

Since Kay began working for City Hearts in 2019, she has volunteered her time outside of work to go and prepare many delicious meals for the women we support. Growing up in South Africa with a mum and sisters who loved cooking, she was inspired to develop her culinary skills from a young age.  Before lockdown, Kay was cooking every …

Combating Child Trafficking: New Report Launch

City Hearts is pleased to be hosting an exciting event taking place on Monday 30th November. The event will highlight efforts to combat Child trafficking in Ghana, sharing findings of the City Hearts Emerging Voices report, which focuses on Arts and Humanities anti-slavery strategies. The report demonstrates that new arts based approaches to education on modern slavery can increase knowledge …

Not just an historic issue; raising further awareness of slavery on Juneteenth

The historic Juneteenth holiday, which celebrates the official end of slavery in the US, has taken on renewed significance this year, during global anti-racism protests following the murder of George Floyd. On June 19, 1865, Union troops led by General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to break the news to the last remaining Confederate sympathisers that they had lost …

A statement from City Hearts

In light of recent allegations raised by members of the Hope City Church congregation in Sheffield, and subsequent admissions of racism by senior pastor David Gilpin, City Hearts trustees are in the process of legally separating the charity from its church connection.  We have today accepted the resignation of City Hearts founder Jenny Gilpin from her role as global strategist.   …

Black Lives Matter

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officers has led many people to ask how they can help.  Ed Newton, CEO, said “It is up to each and every one of us to stand up to this injustice. We must stand up for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and for every other black person who has experienced injustice because of …

Celebrating City Hearts volunteers during National Volunteer Week

This week is national Volunteers Week, and despite the Covid pandemic restrictions causing many volunteers to be in lockdown or self-isolation, some local heroes are still finding creative ways to support others. Retired headteacher Jacqui is one of our wonderful volunteers here at City Hearts, Jacqui continues to be every bit as committed to supporting the survivors of modern-day slavery …