Last summer, City Hearts set a goal of creating a ‘Restoration Hub’, a place to collect, store, and distribute items for survivors of slavery within our care.
When clients first arrive at City Hearts, it is often with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. They need toiletries; new bedding, clothes, and comfort items such as chocolate, slippers or games that can make them feel at home.
We were finding it tricky to collect and store all the items we needed in our offices, as well as then distributing them efficiently to the hundreds of people in our care across the North of England. We needed a central ‘hub’.
Following a successful ‘sofa to summit’ fundraising campaign in May 2021, where we managed to raise funds towards the start-up costs, we also ran a campaign in October asking for items and donations that would form the beginning of our Restoration Hub stocks.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we managed to raise enough money to rent space, as well as collect more than 4,000 items ready to be sorted into care packs.
Thanks to the hard work of our team, and the contributions of our supporters, we are excited to announce that the home of our new Restoration Hub home will be in Liverpool, and will be up and running by April.
The Hub, which will be based in Crawford House, Toxteth, will be a place where staff will receive donations of goods such as toiletries, clothing, bedding and food, before sorting and redistributing them as care packs to clients who arrive in our safe houses.
City Hearts staff member, Jed Barr has been the driving force behind the Restoration Hub campaign, and is thrilled to have finally found a permanent home in which to store the large amounts of items needed by our clients.
He said: “Crawford House has been supporting the local community of Toxteth and Liverpool for over 20 years. This gives us an amazing opportunity and base to work from, whilst also giving us a presence in the community, and creating the ability to create local and national partnerships and networks.
“I’m looking forward to working alongside staff and service users to identify what they need as they work towards a life of independence and freedom.”
If you would like to donate towards the cost of a care pack for a survivor of slavery, please click here: https://cityhearts.enthuse.com/Donate#!/