Joint Statement from City Hearts Netherlands and City Hearts UK

In 2018, City Hearts UK began working with a small team of volunteers in the Netherlands who were determined to make a difference in their community.

Building on the success of similar projects that have been implemented in the UK, City Hearts UK played an integral role in supporting to set up this now thriving charity. In its infancy, practical support was provided to help lay the foundations of the organisation and identify key goals and milestones. This valuable support has enabled City Hearts Netherlands to help some of the most vulnerable members of their community.

In 2019 City Hearts Netherlands Foundation was set up with a mission to reduce isolation amoung vulnerable women in Arnhem by running drop in sessions offering a safe place to connect and develop support networks.  The foundation had its own board, set its own strategy and was funded through local support. 

The Directors of both charities have agreed that this is an appropriate time for City Hearts Netherlands to operate independently. From January 2022, it will adopt a new name ‘City@Home’ to create a distinct identity facilitating future vision and growth in the Netherlands.  Since 2018 over 100 women have attended drop in sessions receiving practical help such as language lessons, help to find a house or access benefits. 

Jedidja Borkent, initiator of City Hearts Netherlands said “We are so thankful for all the advice, wisdom and time we have received from the team in the UK. We are where we are today because of this.  We want to thank the team in the UK, with a special thanks to Phillip Clayton who has walked a long part of this journey with us and was there again and again with a listening ear and the best advice. Also taking time to really develop a relationship with the team here.”

Phillip Clayton Head of Innovation and Income Generation at City Hearts UK said “It has been an incredible journey, a privilege and lots of fun working with the outstanding team in the Netherlands. The team have always been focused on bringing hope and practical support to some of the most vulnerable in society, and what they have created is truly unique. I am sure we will remain united in friendship and compassion to see lives transformed.”

Ed Newton CEO of City Hearts UK added “Our purpose is to help people live free and independent lives. We are delighted to have been able to support the team in the Netherlands and we wish them all the best for the future.”