Best Corporate Responsibility Initiative

The Bright Future Partnership Programme recently won CorpComms magazine award for Best Corporate Responsibility Initiative. The programme was praised by judges as being ‘quite simply, brilliant.’ Helen Dunne, for CorpComms online, wrote “Slavery may be thought of as an injustice from another time but the reality is that today, in the UK, there are an estimated 136,000 victims of modern …

A day in the life of our CEO, Ed Newton

Helping women with life-controlling issues and survivors of human trafficking is fulfilling for Ed Newton, CEO of Sheffield-based City Hearts. I joined City Hearts as the manager of a safe house in 2012 and became chief executive at the end of 2017.  City Hearts is an amazing charity supporting survivors of human trafficking and women with life-controlling issues such as …

How cooking is helping survivors of modern slavery

The HR Administrator at City Hearts charity is helping survivors of modern slavery increase their confidence by teaching cooking as a life skill. City Hearts supports hundreds of men, women and children who have been rescued from modern slavery. Kathijee, a 47 year-old mum of two, who is originally from South Africa, lives in Sheffield with her husband and their …

Statement from City Hearts

Statement from City Hearts in relation to Charity Commission Case Report, November 2019 The Charity Commission has now closed its investigation and published its report into City Hearts charity after allegations were made against the organisation in a televised broadcast in March 2018. City Hearts’ senior management team and board of trustees worked in close co-operation with the Commission throughout and …

Louise’s favourite things

Louise, originally from Teesside, moved to Sheffield in 2004 to study Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. Whilst at University she became a volunteer at City Hearts then became employed part-time. She started full-time work the week after her studies finished. Since then she has retrained and as part of that completed a MA in Charity Resource Management from …

Modern Slavery is closer than you think…

Anti-Slavery day may be over, but we continue to raise awareness of modern slavery. Kirsty recently spoke to Woman Alive magazine about how modern slavery is closer than we may think, sharing stories of those we have supported and how we have helped them to overcome the traumatic effects of their exploitation, both physical and psychological. The article shares information …

“Yorkshire charity empowering women held back by control issues”

At her lowest point, Jess Bramhall planned her own funeral, with her parents told four times to prepare for her death. Her battle with an eating disorder had been a decade-long cycle and, weighing less than the average eight-year-old, she had wished for it all to end. It took an intervention, to see her worth. And while it was a …

Anti-Slavery day: “Trafficking is happening right now on our doorstep”

Trafficked men and women are hidden in plain sight in our communities, warns a Sheffield-founded charity which works with survivors across the UK. Speaking out on the eve of National Anti-Slavery Day (October 18), City Hearts CEO Ed Newton said: “Local people should not imagine trafficking only exists in major cities like London. It is happening right now, on our …

City Hearts in the Yorkshire Post

A heavily pregnant woman dumped at the side of the M1; a British girl trafficked for sex since the age of 13; and a young woman living in squalor in a pop-up brothel. This is the true extent of human trafficking across Yorkshire. Kirsty Allan, the Anti-Trafficking Manager at the City Hearts charity in Sheffield has spoken of her experiences …