£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 …

Trustee Spotlight: Karl Downes

Tell us a bit about yourself… I’m Sheffield born and bred and love my city with a passion.  I’ve been married to my beautiful wife for 36 years and have two lovely girls, our 23 year old is an early years school teacher and our 21 year old is just about complete her final year at Sheffield Hallam university. I …

Staff Spotlight: Megan Reeves

Meg Reeves is our North West drop-in facilitator, and a member of our Innovation Committee. Meg has already raised over £280 for our Sofa to Summit challenge. “Hi I’m Meg and I am the Drop-in facilitator for the North West. Over the past year we have been unable to run drop-ins, so the Health and Wellbeing Team we have been …

Sofa to Summit

Registration is now open! On the 19th April, we will be embarking on a two-week virtual journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, raising money for survivors of modern slavery and those seeking a crime-free future, and we challenge you to join the expedition. At 5895 metres high, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. The route is 49 miles …

International Women’s Day 2021

We’re celebrating all of the incredible women within City Hearts, whose dedication and commitment has changed the lives of so many. We’ve created a video celebrating some of our employees, as they share why they are passionate about their role. We hope you find it as inspiring as we do! We want to take a moment to thank all of …