City Hearts welcomes plans to eradicate modern slavery from NHS supply chain

Earlier this month, as part of new amendments to the Health and Care Bill, the House of Lords proposed new clauses that urged the government to take more robust measures to make sure its NHS supply chains were free from exploitation. The proposed clauses state that: The Secretary of State must carry out a review into the risk of slavery …

Police report recommends focus on crime prevention

Following its successful collaboration with Violence Reduction Units in both South Yorkshire and Merseyside, City Hearts welcomes the findings of a new report that analyses policing in the UK, and that has called for more focus on the prevention of crime, rather than just dealing with its aftermath. The report – A NEW MODE OF PROTECTION: Redesigning policing and public safety …

Welcoming City Hearts trustee Geoff Cheshire

Geoff recently joined the City Hearts board of trustees, bringing with him a wealth of experience, including a 32 year career with Merseyside Police. He spoke to the Sheffield Star about his former role as a hostage negotiator and why he’s joined City Hearts. During his time with Merseyside Police, Geoff had senior leadership roles, including spending 14 years of …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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 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 …