Staff Blog: Steve Watson

Steve, our deputy Head of Service, recently shared some thoughts on the pandemic and its impact on survivors of modern slavery. “With 5 and 6-year-old children, I personally (and naturally!) feel the pandemic has been particularly hard on parents. Those living alone, undoubtedly feel the same. NHS staff would rightly say they have experienced the brunt of it all. And …

Trustee Spotlight: Karl Downes

Tell us a bit about yourself… I’m Sheffield born and bred and love my city with a passion.  I’ve been married to my beautiful wife for 36 years and have two lovely girls, our 23 year old is an early years school teacher and our 21 year old is just about complete her final year at Sheffield Hallam university. I …

Staff Spotlight: Megan Reeves

Meg Reeves is our North West drop-in facilitator, and a member of our Innovation Committee. Meg has already raised over £280 for our Sofa to Summit challenge. “Hi I’m Meg and I am the Drop-in facilitator for the North West. Over the past year we have been unable to run drop-ins, so the Health and Wellbeing Team we have been …

An interview with City Hearts Trustee Faye Smith

We spoke to Faye about her passion for our work and role as a trustee, here’s what she had to say… Tell us a bit about yourself… I love sea swimming all through the year (best so far, 2 degrees out, 8 degrees in!), coastal and hill walking, being in nature, farmer’s markets, hosting friends, reading Shetland crime fiction, and …

Anti-Slavery Day: What can I do?

For anti-slavery day 2020, City Hearts are raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK, with our closerthanyouthink campaign. Modern slavery is a crime being committed across the UK. It can take many forms including forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. We want you to know just how close modern slavery really is, and how we can take action …

Supporting LGBTQ+ clients

Pride month takes place every June when people come together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. As well as being a month of celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of issues facing the LGBTQ+ community.  In June 1970, the first ever Gay Pride march set off from the Stonewall Inn, New York, with …

Not just a 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 …

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 …