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 …

Ensuring no survivors are left behind: Our latest report on post-NRM support

The report contains a deep-dive analysis of post-NRM support, finding that longer-term support increases survivor resilience to re-trafficking by 82%. In 2017, The ‘Fresh Start’ report demonstrated that 76% of people leaving the NRM ended up in unknown circumstances. As a result, City Hearts built the Integration Support Programme, with an aim to reduce the risk of re-trafficking post-NRM. Our …

City Hearts Statement

Statement from City Hearts in relation to allegations concerning its conduct in Channel 4 Report March 2018 City Hearts (UK) exists to help some of the most vulnerable and exploited members of society. It works nationwide and is currently helping over 600 women, men and children. Thanks to City Hearts, around 4,250 people are now leading fulfilling, independent lives. Ed …

Launch of South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership

On Wednesday, City Hearts attended the launch of the South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership. Funded by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner,  the partnership is led by  City Hearts, Snowdrop, Ashiana and South Yorkshire Police. It aims to tackle modern slavery across South Yorkshire through a collaborative approach, to ensure the region is a place of safety for survivors and a …

Celebrating our volunteer in The Sheffield Star!

Our wonderful volunteer Claire, who is a trained hairdresser and massage therapist, gives up her time each week to cut and style our clients’ hair. The positive difference a haircut can make to the confidence of survivors and their sense of identity is amazing to see. Claire says “Women from all walks of life feel happier about themselves after a …

Asda and City Hearts launch pilot health and wellbeing intervention for survivors of Modern Slavery

Yesterday four survivors of modern slavery took part in the first stages of Ingredients 4 Life, a pilot developed in collaboration between City Hearts and Asda, aimed at increasing confidence and independent living skills through cooking and healthy living recipes. The course was delivered by Head Innovation Chef Mark Richmond in the aspirational environment of the innovation kitchens in Asda …