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Our operations assistant in the Yorkshire Post & Sheffield Telegraph

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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!

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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:

City Hearts in the Yorkshire Post

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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

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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

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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. 


City Hearts in the Sheffield Telegraph

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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.

Top UK retailer John Lewis backs job scheme for slavery victims

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Britain’s largest department store group has joined a project that offers slavery victims four-week paid work placements that can lead to a permanent job.

Read the full article here.

City Hearts Launches in Aberdeen

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This month sees the launch of Modern Slavery Charity City Hearts in Aberdeen. Caring for some of the most vulnerable and exploited men, women and children in the country, City Hearts Aberdeen will begin their work by providing care for women with life controlling issues, with future plans to become part of the support network for the care of survivors of Modern Slavery in Scotland.

Scotland has been identified as the largest pathway of child trafficking in the United Kingdom, and the Scottish government are working hard to put into place policy and legislation that identifies and supports victims, and prosecute those found guilty of trafficking.

As part of the UK Government’s response to Modern Slavery, City Heart (UK) opened their doors in 2005 and have since cared for over 4000 victims of Modern Slavery. Their mission is to pursue the freedom and restore the lives of some of the most vulnerable and exploited people in society. They do this through services such as Safe Houses, Outreach Support, Counselling and Integration Programmes which promote independence, full integration into society and building trust in humanity once again.

In partnership with the Co-operative Group, City Hearts also hopes to develop the Bright Futures Programme in Scotland. In addition to providing training and work placements, the Bright Future Programme aims to employ 300 people who have been rescued from enslavement by 2020.

“We are really excited to be launching our charity in the North East of Scotland.  We hope to grow and establish the charity and link with agencies across the area to help survivors of modern slavery and those struggling with life controlling issues.”

– Kirsty Wilson, a City Hearts Regional Manager

Police tackling rise in ‘pop-up brothels’

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In the last 9 months, South Yorkshire police alone have received 48 intelligence reports regarding pop-up brothels in Sheffield, and on 5 of these occasions victims of modern slavery have been discovered.

Louise Durham, City Hearts Head of Services says, “It is a huge issue, and a one of the biggest crimes in our country hidden in plain sight. These men, women and sadly children are threatened and beaten, they’re petrified.”

“Quite often they (pop-up brothels) operate in apartments because people can let themselves in and a lot of people coming and going isn’t suspect.”


Signs of a pop-up brothel may include:

  • Multiple women living at the address, or numbers of women being brought to and taken from the address by someone else
  • Multiple vehicles visiting the property at any one time
  • Many frequent visitors, usually male, who don’t stay for long periods of time

If you suspect a pop-up brothel is operating in your area, please contact your local police or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

Follow this link more information on the BBC Pop-Up Brothel story.

300 Jobs for Survivors of Modern Slavery by 2020

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Up to 300 jobs are to be created within the next two years for survivors of modern-day slavery.

Up to 300 jobs are to be created within the next two years for survivors of modern-day slavery under a programme led by the Co-operative Group in partnership with local charity City Hearts.

Some of the UK’s leading businesses, are set to create up to 300 jobs for the victims of Modern Slavery by 2020.

Under the Bright Futures Programme, the Co-operative Group is working with City Hearts to provide work for people who are rescued from enslavement.

Already more than 30 vulnerable survivors are being given a chance to rebuild their lives after securing placements through Bright Future.

The Co-op said as many as 20 large firms are on the verge of signing up.

City Hearts have developed The National Matching System which will match candidates from Referring Partners, to Bright Future work placements, provided by Business Partners. Business Partners and referring partners will be required to sign up to minimum standards to ensure quality and consistency of principles and approach.

Importantly, The National Matching System also supports the candidates every step of the way through the process and beyond, through regular communication, practical and emotional assistance when required.

Co-op chief executive Steve Murrells said “We think of slavery as something for the history books but it is happening in the UK at this very moment. This is a blight on our society which impacts on our fellow human beings in the most unimaginable ways as they are stripped of their freedom and their dignity. Hidden in plain sight working in nail bars, car washes and in private homes.

“Having heard at first hand the harrowing stories of people who have been caught up in this heinous crime, I am proud that we are working to help eliminate it.

“It is clear that victims need to be supported while they rebuild their lives and central to that is the dignity that paid, freely chosen employment provides. Without this, there is a real chance that they could fall back into the hands of those who have exploited them and for the terrible, unspeakable cycle of enslavement to begin again.”

In addition to the Bright Future’s Programme and the National Matching Network, City Hearts vision is that all its services support survivors to thrive, by living independently and integrating fully into society.

City Hearts’ Project Development Manager Phill Clayton says “City Hearts works with victims of exploitation all over the world, pursing freedom and restoring the lives of some of the most vulnerable.

“We are proud to be working with the Coop, helping survivors in the UK rebuild their lives one step at time. A supported pathway to employment is a huge step on the road to restoration. With stable income comes hope of a brighter future, so many victims have had the freedom to work stolen from them, some for decades, bright future is a launch pad to a new life.

“We are committed to seeing lives fully restored. “


Follow link for the full BBC story.

41 ‘extremely vulnerable’ rescued in raids across North West England.

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This month, City Hearts played a critical role in the rescue of 41 ‘extremely vulnerable’ people in raids across North West England.

Thanks to the trusting relationships built at our Drop-ins, which provide on-going support to survivors of Modern Slavery, our team identified a suspicious working arrangement which one individual found themselves in.  This resulted in a tip off, which led to a major investigation by Merseyside Police and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) which resulted in raids on 12 homes and the rescue of 41 workers suspected to be the victims of Modern Slavery.

City Hearts Regional Manager Phill Clayton, told BBC Look North that the client “was vulnerable and not understanding what was right and what was wrong. It felt not okay to him, he felt like he needed to get advice. And that’s what we do, we help people like that.”

GLAA senior investigating officer Martin Plimmer said the victims were all forced to work at food processing and packaging plants in Greater Manchester.

“They were not aware of their rights, they were being told where to live, they were being told where to be, they were being transported,” he said.

“At every stage there was somebody controlling their movements. This was being done by fear. The whole purpose of this gang was to exploit these people.”

For the full story head to the BBC website.