Church and charity become fully independent bodies

City Hearts was founded in 2005 by Jenny Gilpin – founding co-pastor of Hope City Church – with a vision to fully restore those with a history of vulnerability and exploitation. City Hearts began with a single home, where church volunteers helped women with life controlling issues. Shortly after we received our first survivor of modern slavery.  Over 3500 survivors …

City Hearts response to historic allegations

In March 2018, allegations were raised in a televised documentary relating to historic practices within City Hearts, including an allegation of a homophobic comment toward a client. The allegations were taken extremely seriously and investigated extensively by an independent investigator. City Hearts’ senior management team and board of trustees worked in close co-operation with the Charity Commission throughout the investigation …

City Hearts Africa update

City Hearts Africa has been working in Accra, Ghana since 2015. During this time, we have had the privilege of supporting over 100 children through our Child Partnership Programme, which provides educational equipment such as school books and uniforms, pays schooling fees and provides mentoring. Since March, during the COVID-19 pandemic, City Hearts Africa has sadly been unable to operate …

A day in the life of Mary, a family caseworker

Mary Tear, a family accommodation caseworker in the City Hearts team, shares what a typical day looks like for her. “My role supports those who have come into our family safe-house: normally couples, or survivors with children. When people have been trafficked and their freedom has been taken away, this can lead to immeasurable trauma and a myriad of other …

Mental Health March at City Hearts

Throughout March, we are running a mental health initiative, which offers our employees yoga and exercise classes, art and crafts workshops and a weekly meal to enjoy together.  The initiative aims to raise awareness of mental health and self-care within the workplace, bringing staff together for communal lunches and activities, whilst giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and …