Trusts and Grants

Financial support from Charitable Trusts, Foundations and Institutional donors play a crucial role in helping us provide specialist therapeutic and practical care for survivors of torture at our five treatment centres in the UK. Nearly a fifth of our voluntary income comes from them and without their help our vital work simply could not continue. This is why we are always seeking further funding to support all of our existing and new services. If you have a connection with a Charitable Trust or Foundation that could help us then please do not hesitate to contact our Trust Fundraiser on 020 7697 7797 or email info@freedomfromtorture.org

Special thanks to

The Big Lottery

Big lotteryThe Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme awarded 3 three-year grants to our treatment centres in North East England, the West Midlands and London in 2010. The grants for the North East and West Midlands will enable increased development of our direct therapeutic and practical support as well as outreach support at both centres. In our West Midlands centre, the grant will enable the development of vital therapeutic and practical support for separated children, young people and families.  The grant for our London centre will support the delivery of our casework counselling service and ensure that our holistic approach to the diverse needs of torture survivors continues. We are very grateful for all of the Big Lottery’s support in helping to facilitate torture survivor’s recovery and improve their health and wellbeing.

Freedom from Torture (Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture) has also been awarded two five year grants from Big Lottery to help adult survivors of torture at our London Treatment Centre (£405,704) and to help adult survivors of torture at our Manchester Treatment Centre (£450,000)to recover and begin to rebuild their lives.  Thank you Big Lottery on behalf of our staff and survivors of torture at Freedom from Torture for this financial support.  

The European Union

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The European Union has awarded three important grants for our work nationally. The first grant, which was awarded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, provides €1.5 million over three years commencing September 2011. The project aims to ensure child and adult torture survivors receive appropriate rehabilitative mental health and social care in four of the largest asylum dispersal areas of the UK: Scotland, the North West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside. The project also provides specialist training and capacity building for external health professionals and undertakes policy and advocacy work targeting the UK Government and UN Human Rights mechanisms. The second grant, which was awarded under the 2011 round of the Pilot Project for Victims of Torture, provides €299,000 over 18 months commencing June 2012. Working in partnership with Refugee Council, we aim to increase the availability, quality and provision of rehabilitation services to enable the unique needs of young adult torture survivors to be met. We were recently informed that we have been awarded a new grant under the 2012 round of the Pilot Project for Victims of Torture, which will fund a new Psychological Therapist in our West Midlands centre and further develop our partnership with Refugee Council.

United Nations

UN Fund for Victims of TortureThe United Nations is a long standing supporter of our core rehabilitation work in the UK through the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. The grant part funds several of our most experienced clinicians delivering psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, casework counselling and physiotherapy.

Comic Relief

Two areas of our work are currently supported by three year grants from Comic Relief. The Violence against Women programme assists us in providing six therapeutic groups with a primary focus on the needs of female clients. The Mental Health programme funds the Training and Capacity Building Team who work to ensure external agencies around the UK can develop the necessary skills to work with torture survivors.

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