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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.”

Celebrating our volunteer in The Sheffield Star!

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Our wonderful volunteer Claire, who is a trained hairdresser and massage therapist, gives up her time each week to cut and style our clients’ hair.

The positive difference a haircut can make to the confidence of survivors and their sense of identity is amazing to see.

Claire says “Women from all walks of life feel happier about themselves after a haircut. But for women rescued from trafficking, the experience makes them feel feminine again. A new image even signals a new direction for their lives.”

We are so thankful to Claire, and to all of our volunteers, for the work they do to support City Hearts and our clients.

Read the full story here – https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/how-hairdresser-claire-is-helping-to-give-trafficked-women-in-sheffield-a-new-beginning-67201

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.”

Forging Ahead programme leads to employment for three individuals

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Forging Ahead provides pathways to permanent employment for individuals seeking a life away from crime.

We work alongside Total Training Provision, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, South Yorkshire Police and a range of employers, to deliver a three week training course which provides skills and qualifications crucial to moving forward into employment.

Three individuals recently completed the training programme, gaining permanent employment with Amey Sheffield.

“Forging Ahead combines the passions of individuals from within the criminal justice and charitable sectors. Together, our aim is to create opportunities of employment for individuals with a history of offending behaviour. We want to change the landscape of employability for ex-offenders” – Stu Otten, About Face and Forging Ahead Co-ordinator.

Our current partner employers include Amey Sheffield, Sainsbury’s, Gripple, Timpson’s and Sheffield International Venues (SIV).

We are currently in the process of partnering with more employers and discussing future plans for apprenticeships, sponsorship, donations and endorsement.

If you are interested in partnering with us, email info@cityhearts.co.uk

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 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.

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 infonl@cityhearts.co.uk

City Hearts launches Emerging Voices project in Ghana

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2019 sees the beginning of innovative research project Emerging Voices, which aims to explore the next generation’s awareness of historic and modern slavery in Ghana, and to understand how this can help develop antislavery strategies.

The Antislavery Knowledge Network (AKN) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Network Plus call offers the first extended effort to address slavery as a development challenge in sub Saharan Africa via innovative approaches from the arts and humanities.

Emerging Voices builds on the existing work of City Hearts Africa’s unique educational development programme. The project will work with 60 young people living in the capital city of Accra, where many children live in poverty and thousands have already fallen into slavery and exploitation.

Visual and digital art sessions delivered by local art teachers will be used to explore awareness of forms of slavery and the impact they have. During the project the children and young people will visit sites, meet and hear from heritage experts and Ghanaians who have been exploited.

The project aims to equip children with the knowledge needed to build community antislavery strategies.

“Emerging voices is a bold, new and exciting project using the arts, heritage and technology as tools to explore past and present slavery in Ghana. The project will inspire young people to influence social change, creating a future free from slavery.”

 

– Phill Clayton, Head of Development 

 

 

 

 

        

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. 

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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.