Freedom from Torture - Trusts and Grants

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 7835 or email

Special thanks to:

The Big Lottery Fund

Big lotteryIn 2015 a five-year grant was awarded for support towards the delivery of our psychological therapy and practical advice and support to adult torture survivors in London. Our work in support of adult torture survivors is also supported by the Big Lottery in Manchester and Birmingham and in 2017 we were awarded a grant over 4.5 years for our Healing Neighbourhoods Initiative, an integrated rehabilitation and community-based activities approach, to help survivors of torture integrate more effectively in their local community.

Scottish Government

Freedom from Torture Scotland was awarded a one-year grant from Scottish Government Section 10 in April 2017 towards our core rehabilitation support to help survivors of torture recover.

Comic Relief

Two areas of our work are currently supported by three year grants from Comic Relief. The Strategic Grants Programme assists us in undertaking advocacy to improve Home Office and Tribunal decision-making for torture survivors seeking international protection in the UK. The Better Futures programme supports our work with unaccompanied torture survivors between the ages of 16 and 25 in London. We are very grateful to Comic Relief for their support towards two key areas of Freedom from Torture’s work.

BBC Children in Need

We currently hold two grants from Children in Need – one for our Centre in London (£108,000/3 years) and one for our Centre in Glasgow (£30,000/3 years) – to help children and young people who are survivors of torture. Through our therapeutic and practical legal and welfare support, children and young people will be more able to cope emotionally, communicate their needs, and be able to effectively engage with others and activities. Our support will enable them to have the best opportunities to prepare for the future as well-functioning adults, and ability to control their lives. On behalf of all at Freedom from Torture – a huge thank you for recognising the importance of our specialist support to help improve the lives of these children and young people and awarding this grant funding.

Foundation Scotland 

Funded by Foundation Scotland - Freedom from Torture Scotland is delighted to acknowledge our three-year grant of £30,000 to help women, children and young people who are survivors of torture and organised violence to recover and have the best chances of rebuilding their lives.  

Mayor of London

In 2018, our London Centre was awarded a grant from the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund for our vital work with children and young people aged between 10 and 21. This project will improve the psychological wellbeing and social connectedness of London-based children and young people who have experienced torture, in order to improve their mental wellbeing, ensure they have access to welfare support and education, to enable them to integrate into the UK and have a positive future, through the provision of therapeutic and practical support and advice. The Mayor’s £45m Young Londoners Fund was created to fund local projects that provide young people with the support they need to fulfil their potential.


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