An interview with City Hearts Trustee Faye Smith

We spoke to Faye about her passion for our work and role as a trustee, here’s what she had to say… Tell us a bit about yourself… I love sea swimming all through the year (best so far, 2 degrees out, 8 degrees in!), coastal and hill walking, being in nature, farmer’s markets, hosting friends, reading Shetland crime fiction, and …

A huge thanks…

We’d like to express our gratitude to all of the generous organisations and individuals who helped provide Christmas gifts and donations for our clients. Because of you, we were able to make Christmas extra special for the hundreds of men, women and families we support. We want to say a huge thank you to… Barclays for their generous donation as …

Modern Slavery Referral Number

From the 4th January 2021, the Salvation Army’s confidential modern slavery helpline number will change to 0800 808 3733.  This designated number will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Remember, someone may be trapped in modern slavery if: They look unkempt or malnourished, with few personal belongings They may appear uneasy and …

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 …

Emerging Voices Report Event

We’d like to thank everyone who attended Monday’s event, which shared the key findings of the Emerging Voices report and heard from a range of speakers.  The Emerging Voices project has taken place over the last 18 months in Accra, Ghana, exploring young people’s awareness of historical and modern slavery through creative workshops, lessons and heritage site visits.  To report …

Black History Month

What is Black History Month? October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black people and a time for recognising their contributions.  Why is it important? Black History Month was first launched in London in the 1980s, with …

Anti-Slavery Day: What can I do?

For anti-slavery day 2020, City Hearts are raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK, with our closerthanyouthink campaign. Modern slavery is a crime being committed across the UK. It can take many forms including forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. We want you to know just how close modern slavery really is, and how we can take action …

Not just an 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 …

Mental Health March at City Hearts

Throughout March, we are running a mental health initiative, which offers our employees yoga and exercise classes, art and crafts workshops and a weekly meal to enjoy together.  The initiative aims to raise awareness of mental health and self-care within the workplace, bringing staff together for communal lunches and activities, whilst giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and …