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 women trafficked into modern slavery

On World Day against trafficking in persons, The Sheffield Star shared Sharon’s story to raise awareness of human trafficking and the support our charity provides. Read the full story below. City Hearts, the national anti-trafficking charity headquartered in Sheffield, is supporting slavery survivors trafficked by women known to them. For many of those that get brought into this situation they …

City Hearts Africa update

City Hearts Africa has been working in Accra, Ghana since 2015. During this time, we have had the privilege of supporting over 100 children through our Child Partnership Programme, which provides educational equipment such as school books and uniforms, pays schooling fees and provides mentoring. Since March, during the COVID-19 pandemic, City Hearts Africa has sadly been unable to operate …

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 …