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, …

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 …

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 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 …