A group of young Liverpool supporters who escaped modern slavery, have enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime day out to Anfield stadium.
People who are rescued from exploitation often arrive at our safe houses traumatised and lacking in self-esteem. As part of their recovery, our Health and Wellbeing team organise activities and days out to help them re-gain their confidence and trust.
One young man who visited Anfield said: “I was too excited to sleep as I was so excited for the trip. These good memories make me happy when I am feeling down.”
City Hearts Service Manager, Kirsty Hart, said: “The aim of the trips is to reduce social isolation, boost confidence, and to give our clients something to look forward to amidst the daily challenges they face as they recover from pain from the past.
“This year we have taken clients to the beach, petting zoos, parks, cinema, mini golf, football stadiums and climbing walls. It is often the first time clients will have visited such places and this can be due to lack of finances, but also lack of confidence.
“Our goal in the Health and Wellbeing team is to help clients develop community and confidence whilst reminding them they are valued. We try to choose fun locations that will provide clients with life long memories. It has been such a joy to see survivors enjoying socialising again.”