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

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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.”

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Launch of South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership

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On Wednesday, City Hearts attended the launch of the South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership. Funded by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner,  the partnership is led by  City Hearts, Snowdrop, Ashiana and South Yorkshire Police. It aims to tackle modern slavery across South Yorkshire through a collaborative approach, to ensure the region is a place of safety for survivors and a hostile region for those who exploit others.

Representatives from several organisations across South Yorkshire attended the launch to discuss the pressing issue of modern slavery, and have been invited to work in partnership to improve the region’s response.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Slavery is not a thing of the past but takes modern forms.  People are trafficked into this country by ruthless gangs and exploited in places of work, as domestic slaves and for sexual purposes.

 “This network brings partners together so that we can understand what is happening, help the victims – who are often intimidated and afraid – and prosecute the offenders.  Above all we need to rescue people from the appalling lives they lead once they are caught up in these different forms of modern slavery.

 “But there is a role for all of us to be alert and be willing to tell the authorities if we suspect something that seems wrong. Employers have a responsibility to ask questions about the firms they deal with.  We all have a responsibility to think about the services we access and who is working there.”

Kirsty Wilson, City Hearts South Yorkshire Regional Manager said, “We believe that partnership plays an integral part in our efforts to eradicate modern slavery. We are thrilled to be part of the South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership, and look forward to working together with other anti-trafficking organisations to provide better survivor care.”

Asda and City Hearts launch pilot health and wellbeing intervention for survivors of Modern Slavery

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Yesterday four survivors of modern slavery took part in the first stages of Ingredients 4 Life, a pilot developed in collaboration between City Hearts and Asda, aimed at increasing confidence and independent living skills through cooking and healthy living recipes.

The course was delivered by Head Innovation Chef Mark Richmond in the aspirational environment of the innovation kitchens in Asda house.

City Hearts Head of Development Phillip Clayton said “we strive to put survivors front and centre in any aspect of development. Ensuring that their voice is part of the process leads to outcomes that are truly survivor focused.  We have found Asda’s approach to be innovative and sensitive, it is a pleasure to work with them to help survivors take their next steps.”

City Hearts and Hope at Home partner to support survivors of Modern Slavery

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City Hearts have recently partnered with Hope at Home, a charity that provides housing for survivors of Modern Slavery, including those who have who have no recourse to public funds.

They provide ‘move-on accommodation’ by matching survivors who are exiting safe houses with volunteer host households.

City Hearts will be working alongside Hope at Home to provide specialist support to survivors being hosted, including training and other support around the long term needs of survivors.

“Hope at Home offer an excellent service that meets a real gap for survivors, offering them a safe place to stay when other options are bleak. We are excited about partnering with Hope at Home to offer specialist support to survivors who are being hosted by them, to ultimately accelerate survivors into lasting freedom.”

–          Phill Clayton, Head of Development for City Hearts


“It’s wonderful to partner with City Hearts and benefit from their expertise in supporting people as we know that collaboration is the key to bringing about sustainable freedom in the lives of survivors.”

–          Jared Hodgson, CEO of Hope at Home

City Hearts Launches in Mainland Europe

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We are excited to announce the launch of City Hearts in the Netherlands. We are working in collaboration with a number of individuals from C3 Rivers, a local church based in Arnhem, to offer practical support to women through a drop in, language café and life-coaching sessions.

“We are delighted to be taking our expertise and experience of supporting thousands of vulnerable and exploited people to Arnhem.  In the team in the Netherlands, we have found local partners who carry our values and desire to bring meaningful change to some of society’s most vulnerable, and we cannot wait to get started” – Ed Newton, CEO of City Hearts.

Though in the early stages of development, the Netherlands team are passionate about bringing real change to the lives of society’s most vulnerable, and have already began offering practical support to women.

Together, we are excited to embark upon this journey of pursuing freedom and restoring lives.

If you would like to get involved in supporting City Hearts Netherlands, you can email

The Co-op Job Partnership Programme

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What do you do after you’ve safe-housed and rehabilitated someone whose come directly out of the abysmal trade of human slavery? You attempt to create the first job partnership programme in Britain with one of it’s major retail businesses. You never let go of the vision of each survivor living in a free and sustainable future. This is a letter from the top brass at the Co-op. It says everything about the current direction of City Hearts.

The Co-op has a history stretching back to 1862 of standing in solidarity with those enslaved and with those who provide those enslaved with succour and support. More than that, a co-operative is all about empowering people to take control of their lives and their choices.

In City Hearts, the Co-op have found an organisation to partner with that aligns with our values as a co-operative and our desire to support victims of modern slavery. But more than that, City Hearts have provided the Co-op, its 70,000 colleagues and its 4.4 million members inspiration and belief that together we can see victims of modern slavery not just become survivors but see them thriving in their communities. The team in City Hearts and what they do has left everyone on the Co-op who comes into contact with them – including the thousands who have engaged with our AGM in May 2017 – determined to do more to help City Hearts and those they support.

As a partner, City Hearts have both supported us and challenged the Co-op to be brave. They have been generous with their expertise, with their time and – ahem! – with their patience. They have played the crucial role in developing the most innovative scheme in the victim support debate through their Integrated Support Programme and we are just privileged that the Co-op have been able to play a role in supporting them. It is their vision and innovation that has made ISP – in the Co-op Bright Future – the success it is.

I believe that what City Hearts are doing, supported by the Co-op, is changing the debate in the UK on what victim support should be; their impact individually is huge but across society is even greater and that is built on how they operate and work. Any organisation that works with City Hearts will be a better, more educated and richer organisation than before.

The following are our 2017 projections – to safe house 185 adult survivors and 135 child survivors of human trafficking, to support 725 survivors through our outreach programs and to support 60 children in our Child Support Program, based in Accra, Ghana. Our total projection is to safeguard the future of 1,100 people in 2017, creating a total of 4,500 since the birth of City Hearts.