Trustees Statement on Inclusion at City Hearts

June 2021 In March 2018, concerns were raised in a televised news report in relation to historic practices within City Hearts. The report included an allegation of a homophobic comment made toward a client and the negative experiences of LGBTQ+ clients within City Hearts. At this time, the charity was closely associated with Hope City Church. The City Hearts trustees …

Volunteer Week: Alison Winter

Last week was Volunteer Week 2021 (1 June – 7 June) and we’re so proud and thankful to anyone who has volunteered over the years here at City Hearts. We are also so proud of the various members of the team who volunteer in their own time to numerous other causes as wide and varied as event staff, being part …

CEO SPOTLIGHT: ED NEWTON

Hi I’m Ed Newton and I’m the proud CEO here at City Hearts, a role I’ve been in since 2017, having started my City Hearts journey back in 2012 as a safe house manager. A lot has changed over my time here at City Hearts and we as an organisation are growing and developing every day. There are so many …

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 …

Trustee Spotlight: 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. Tell us a bit about yourself.. After two years as chief officer of the volunteer Special Constabulary, I finally retired from the force to concentrate on managing and leading the emergency response and medical services of …

Staff Spotlight: Grishma Bijukumar

“Hi everyone, I’m Grishma and I’m based in the North West Branch of City Hearts. I love meeting new people and getting involved in loads of activities; horoscopes, anything to do with food and tiktok. My superpower is that I have a shockingly powerful, yet very niche, memory- I am a great person to have on a pub quiz team! …

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 …