We are delighted to share with you that we received an Awards for All grant of £10,000 in March 2021 to help support our vital therapeutic and practical support digitally during the pandemic.
This crucial funding will enable us to continue supporting survivors of torture until physical attendance can resume at our Birmingham Centre.
How will this funding benefit survivors of torture?
Ongoing COVID-19 restrictions mean we are currently unable to provide physical support at our Birmingham Centre. This funding will see the continuation of our therapeutic and practical support via Zoom, including group therapy and activities to help survivors of torture connect more with the community in Birmingham.
Via our digital services, survivors of torture will learn coping skills to reduce trauma disorders and symptoms when on their own, and benefit from one to one therapy to address deeper trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to improve psychological health.
Group therapy and activities will help survivors to improve their English language skills, self-esteem and self-confidence, to effectively engage with others and in other activities.
Legal and welfare advice and casework will help survivors to:
- understand the asylum system
- access a legal representative and support them with their asylum applications and appeals
- access financial entitlements
- access temporary/mainstream accommodation.
What will happen when the Birmingham Centre reopens?
When it is safe to resume physical attendance, we will consider resumption of other group therapy and activities, which may include gardening activity, community visits and engagement with others in the community.
We will also provide financial relief and top ups for mobile phones for survivors, as required.
All clients will be informed about the range of group activities we can offer that will be relevant for them and will enable torture survivors to become more integrated into the wider community.
Subsequent improvements in psychological wellbeing will enable them to forge new and strong relationships and therefore greatly enhance the quality of their lives.
The National Lottery Community Fund gives grants to organisations in the UK to help improve their communities. They award money raised by National Lottery players to fund great ideas that help communities to thrive.