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 …

What Freedom Looks Like

Introducing our Christmas Campaign: What Freedom Looks Like.  This year has given us time to reflect upon what is truly important, reminding us just how valuable our independence really is and how challenging it can be when our freedom is restricted.  During their time in exploitation, many of our clients had their independence and freedom stolen. This may be their …

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 …

Church and charity become fully independent bodies

City Hearts was founded in 2005 by Jenny Gilpin – founding co-pastor of Hope City Church – with a vision to fully restore those with a history of vulnerability and exploitation. City Hearts began with a single home, where church volunteers helped women with life controlling issues. Shortly after we received our first survivor of modern slavery.  Over 3500 survivors …

City Hearts response to historic allegations

In March 2018, allegations were raised in a televised documentary relating to historic practices within City Hearts, including an allegation of a homophobic comment toward a client. The allegations were taken extremely seriously and investigated extensively by an independent investigator. City Hearts’ senior management team and board of trustees worked in close co-operation with the Charity Commission throughout the investigation …

City Hearts Africa update

City Hearts Africa has been working in Accra, Ghana since 2015. During this time, we have had the privilege of supporting over 100 children through our Child Partnership Programme, which provides educational equipment such as school books and uniforms, pays schooling fees and provides mentoring. Since March, during the COVID-19 pandemic, City Hearts Africa has sadly been unable to operate …

A day in the life of Mary, a family caseworker

Mary Tear, a family accommodation caseworker in the City Hearts team, shares what a typical day looks like for her. “My role supports those who have come into our family safe-house: normally couples, or survivors with children. When people have been trafficked and their freedom has been taken away, this can lead to immeasurable trauma and a myriad of other …

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 …