Launch into Liverpool with Merseyside Police

We are excited to announce the launch of a Deferred Prosecution Scheme in Merseyside, working alongside Merseyside Police. We currently work alongside South Yorkshire Police through our About Face, Forging Ahead and Plan B programmes, which all aim to help individuals seeking a crime-free future. The deferred prosecution scheme will aim to reduce re-offending compared to offenders who are prosecuted, …

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 …

Sofa to Summit

Registration is now open! On the 19th April, we will be embarking on a two-week virtual journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, raising money for survivors of modern slavery and those seeking a crime-free future, and we challenge you to join the expedition. At 5895 metres high, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. The route is 49 miles …

International Women’s Day 2021

We’re celebrating all of the incredible women within City Hearts, whose dedication and commitment has changed the lives of so many. We’ve created a video celebrating some of our employees, as they share why they are passionate about their role. We hope you find it as inspiring as we do! We want to take a moment to thank all of …

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Jess’ Story

Jess Bramhall shares her battles with eating disorders and OCD, how she was supported by City Hearts and is now an employee, helping others through trauma and recovery. “My teenage years were difficult, and I developed OCD, where I could barely leave the house. I had to wear a certain outfit, walk a certain route, follow a certain routine. If …

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 …