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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Emerging Voices Report Event

We’d like to thank everyone who attended Monday’s event, which shared the key findings of the Emerging Voices report and heard from a range of speakers.  The Emerging Voices project has taken place over the last 18 months in Accra, Ghana, exploring young people’s awareness of historical and modern slavery through creative workshops, lessons and heritage site visits.  To report …

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 …

Black History Month

What is Black History Month? October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black people and a time for recognising their contributions.  Why is it important? Black History Month was first launched in London in the 1980s, with …