Helen’s Story

50-year-old Helen has been supported by City Hearts since 2015, when she was rescued from modern slavery and referred into a City Hearts safe house through The Salvation Army.  “I was a victim of modern slavery and domestic servitude in London for more than six years. A family asked me to work as a nanny, promising me to help me …

Skiing for Sofa to Summit

Our Integration Support Programme co-ordinator Mischa ran 5K around Liverpool’s Sefton Park in a full ski suit to raise money for our Sofa to Summit challenge! The Sofa to Summit challenge involved climbing the equivalent of the 103,488 steps to the summit of Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a new Restoration Hub, which will provide essential items to those arriving …

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, …

Marian’s Story

Marian recently shared his journey from exploitation to freedom with Dan Hayes, as part of JPI Media’s Modern Slavery in the UK investigation. After a friend suggested Marian move to London to work in a car wash, he began to be criminally exploited. After enduring weeks of no pay and being forced to open fraudulent bank accounts with fake identification, …

A huge thanks…

We’d like to express our gratitude to all of the generous organisations and individuals who helped provide Christmas gifts and donations for our clients. Because of you, we were able to make Christmas extra special for the hundreds of men, women and families we support. We want to say a huge thank you to… Barclays for their generous donation as …

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 …

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 …

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 …