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 …

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 …

A day in the life of Mary, a family caseworker

Mary Tear, a family accommodation caseworker in the City Hearts team, shares what a typical day looks like for her. “My role supports those who have come into our family safe-house: normally couples, or survivors with children. When people have been trafficked and their freedom has been taken away, this can lead to immeasurable trauma and a myriad of other …

City Hearts Ghana Emergency Relief Fund

 It costs just £3 to provide three hot meals to a homeless person in Ghana, or £16 to feed a family for a whole week. As as result of COVID 19, families who rely on their daily income for food have been hit hard. During the lockdown in Ghana, our teams worked tirelessly to distribute meals to the homeless and …

Adapting support for vulnerable people during the Coronavirus pandemic

With domestic violence soaring during the COVID pandemic, City Hearts are raising awareness of the unprecedented risk faced by victims of modern slavery during lockdown.   Kirsty Allan, development manager at City Hearts, explains: “Most victims already have restricted access to health care. Experience shows their traffickers are unlikely to allow them to engage with health services and during lockdown may …

Deb’s story

Deb Noble, Central Operations Officer for City Hearts, shared her inspirational story with the Sheffield Telegraph in the following powerful article. Deb has an incredible story to tell, having been a homeless drug addict. She tried cannabis in her late teens and became a regular user when she met her boyfriend. Together, they developed a heavy habit. They ended up …

Mental Health March at City Hearts

Throughout March, we are running a mental health initiative, which offers our employees yoga and exercise classes, art and crafts workshops and a weekly meal to enjoy together.  The initiative aims to raise awareness of mental health and self-care within the workplace, bringing staff together for communal lunches and activities, whilst giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and …