City Hearts sign Pregnancy Loss Pledge

All City Hearts staff who experience pregnancy loss, will now have access to trained support staff and paid time off, thanks to a new company policy. After reading about the Miscarriage Association’s Pregnancy Loss Pledge, which asks organisations to create specific policies to support staff experiencing miscarriage, City Hearts signed the pledge, and wrote a new policy that ensures all …

Ukrainian refugees face risk of sex trafficking, domestic servitude and forced labour.

Concerns are growing for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine after figures have emerged showing a huge increase in online searches for ‘Ukrainian escorts’ and ‘Ukrainian porn’. Around 90% of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine are women and girls, as well as large amounts of unaccompanied minors. Whilst the majority of people offering assistance at the border are …

£29,000 raised through Sofa to Summit!

We want to thank everyone who took part in our Sofa to Summit fundraising challenge. We had over 80 fundraisers and 500 givers; raising a total of £29,000 There were a range of fundraisers virtually climbing Kilimanjaro, from 78 years old to 4! People made the challenge their own, our CEO Ed climbed stairs, Mischa – one of the team …

Skiing for Sofa to Summit

Our Integration Support Programme co-ordinator Mischa ran 5K around Liverpool’s Sefton Park in a full ski suit to raise money for our Sofa to Summit challenge! The Sofa to Summit challenge involved climbing the equivalent of the 103,488 steps to the summit of Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a new Restoration Hub, which will provide essential items to those arriving …

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, …

Crime Free Future Programmes launch in Liverpool

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 …