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Louise’s favourite things – Sheffield Telegraph

Louise’s favourite things – Sheffield Telegraph 3730 2487 City Hearts

City Hearts, Italian food and Bole Hills – our head of services Louise Durham spoke to the Sheffield Telegraph about her favourite things in Sheffield…

“Little did I know that volunteering at City Hearts as a student in 2006 would change my life in such a profound way, helping to forge what I now feel is my life’s mission to help those who have lost hope and vision.

I think my Christian faith has also been fundamental in my motivation to help others. I am a firm believer that no problem is too big to overcome; sometimes it is just a matter of restoring safety, hope and security to people which can help them see there is another way. I will never forget one of my first experiences of meeting a survivor of human trafficking. She asked me to confirm what country she was in and was overwhelmed by having her own bedroom and clean pyjamas.

That image stays with me and always motivates me to help others who have had their freedom robbed from them.”

To read the full article, visit https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/opinion/sheffield-has-been-my-blood-early-age-816129

Modern Slavery is closer than you think…

Modern Slavery is closer than you think… 5190 3460 City Hearts

Anti-Slavery day may be over, but we continue to raise awareness of modern slavery. Kirsty recently spoke to Woman Alive magazine about how modern slavery is closer than we may think, sharing stories of those we have supported and how we have helped them to overcome the traumatic effects of their exploitation, both physical and psychological.

The article shares information on modern slavery, including what it is and the estimated number of people enslaved worldwide.

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“Yorkshire charity empowering women held back by control issues”

“Yorkshire charity empowering women held back by control issues” 5472 3648 City Hearts

Jess has shared her story throughout the year, hoping to raise awareness of eating disorders, OCD and the work we do as a charity to support women facing life-controlling issues such as these.

Jess recently spoke to the Yorkshire Post about her own battles, how she overcame them with the support of City Hearts, and how she now supports others through her role as a caseworker.

Jess’ story continues to inspire us, her dedication to caring for our clients and helping them to heal is evident in all she does.

Our Restore programme offers holistic support through counselling, life skills, personal and social development and health and wellbeing support.

To read the full articles, or watch the video, visit: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/health/yorkshire-woman-so-close-to-death-from-anorexia-she-planned-her-own-funeral-credits-charity-that-saved-her-life-1-10058190 & https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/health/yorkshire-charity-empowering-women-held-back-by-control-issues-1-10058218

Anti-Slavery day: “Trafficking is happening right now on our doorstep”

Anti-Slavery day: “Trafficking is happening right now on our doorstep” 2800 2800 City Hearts

Modern Slavery is hidden in plain sight within our communities. Latest statistics indicate there are as many as 136,000 modern-day slaves in the UK.

We shared information on modern slavery with The Sheffield Telegraph and the Yorkshire post, highlighting the prevalence of slavery within the UK and the need for people to take action and look out for the signs in their local communities.

We also shared two powerful stories of freedom from survivors we have supported, and what to do if you think someone is a victim.

Our CEO Ed Newton said “People are trafficked into sectors which rely on casual labour. You might see them every day, working in roles that make your life easier, and not realise their plight. They are visible, yet invisible.”

To read the full articles, visit https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/people/trafficking-happening-right-now-our-doorstep-sheffield-814585 and https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/human-trafficking-is-happening-on-our-doorstep-says-head-of-sheffield-anti-slavery-charity-1-10053865

For information on how to Spot the Signs, visit https://cityhearts.co.uk/spotthesigns

How cooking is helping survivors of modern slavery

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Our HR administrator Kathijee is helping our clients increase their confidence by teaching cooking as a life skill.

Kathijee teaches a range of easy-to-make meals that can be recreated by clients. She talks the women through each step and makes it alongside them, then everyone sits down to eat and enjoy together.

“It is wonderful to be able to combine my love of cooking with my passion for helping others. I have always seen food as a way of bringing people together. I see all the women from different backgrounds come together to cook. It is so rewarding to see the joy these classes bring to the women, and to know that they are learning valuable life skills to increase independence, that they may not have had the freedom to develop during their time in exploitation.”

Read the full article here https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/how-cooking-is-helping-victims-of-modern-day-slavery-1-10041296

Our operations assistant in the Yorkshire Post & Sheffield Telegraph

Our operations assistant in the Yorkshire Post & Sheffield Telegraph 4483 2989 City Hearts

Our operations assistant Kathija has been working with City Hearts since January, she previously worked within the NHS as Outpatients Co-ordinator and Health & Safety Officer.

Kathija recently featured in the Yorkshire Post, where she discusses her love of cooking, what she’d do if she won the lottery and Yorkshire Puddings being the best thing about Yorkshire!

To read the full article, visit https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/on-the-spot-kathija-wood-city-hearts-sheffield-1-9942364

Keeping with the theme of cooking, Kathija also shared her favourite dish, cooking tips and the best meal she’s ever had in the Sheffield Telegraph’s Food for Thought feature, which you can read here: https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/my-south-african-heritage-has-helped-me-embrace-diverse-food-options-491110

City Hearts in the Yorkshire Post

City Hearts in the Yorkshire Post 5190 3460 City Hearts

Our South Yorkshire regional manager Kirsty recently featured in the Yorkshire Post. Kirsty shared her experience supporting survivors of modern slavery, the joy of seeing lives restored and the prevalence of modern slavery in the UK.

Kirsty also highlights the key places to look out for victims of modern slavery, including hand car washes, nail bars, takeaways and airports.

Sharing the powerful journey of her first client, a 26-year-old woman who was rescued from the side of the M1 and was seven months pregnant, Kirsty recalls “Her hair was matted, she couldn’t make eye contact and would not talk, I showed her to her room and she immediately shut the curtains.”

“On Christmas day that year, we got a smile as she received her first gift. On Valentine’s Day she gave birth to a daughter and becoming a mother gave her something to call her own.”

Read the full article here.

City Hearts in the Sheffield Star

City Hearts in the Sheffield Star 700 466 City Hearts

Jess Bramhall weighed just four stone when she arrived in Sheffield nine years ago to join our residential Restore programme for women with life-controlling issues.

After graduating from the Restore programme, Jess went onto become a volunteer at City Hearts and is now a full-time health and wellbeing worker in our South Yorkshire team.

Jess recently shared her story in The Sheffield Star, raising awareness of the life-controlling issues she faced and the support available at City Hearts.

Jess is a true inspiration and a credit to our organisation.

Read the full article here.

Charities work together to give gifts to city’s child trafficking survivors

Charities work together to give gifts to city’s child trafficking survivors 1378 1384 City Hearts

 

City Hearts teamed up with the Sheffield Children’s Hospital to donate gifts to children in our care. 

After the Children’s Hospital received a donation of children’s slippers and ponchos, corporate partnerships manager Tchad Western reached out to City Hearts to offer these as gifts for the Christmas appeal. 

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City Hearts in the Sheffield Telegraph

City Hearts in the Sheffield Telegraph 1200 630 City Hearts

City Hearts Managing Director, Ed Newton, is in this week’s Sheffield Telegraph telling us about his favourite things, including the City Hearts staff team – that’s all 155 of us!

This year our amazing team have pursued the freedom and restored the lives of over 500 men, women and children who are survivors of modern slavery, and many others who have struggled with life controlling issues.

Read the full article here.