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 info@freedomfromtorture.org

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.

The European Union

European Union logoFreedom from Torture and Spiritan Asylum Services Initiative Ltd (SPIRASI) were awarded a two-year grant in April 2015 towards “Rehabilitation services and exploration of best practice in treatment for adult torture survivors and their families in the UK and Ireland.” Through this project, SPIRASI and Freedom from Torture are working together to provide access to a range of multi-disciplinary support to torture survivors in London and Dublin, including physical and psychotherapeutic treatment, psycho-social counselling, legal services and socioeconomic support to torture survivors. The project also aims to develop and implement a much-needed, torture-specific family therapy service in Dublin. Over the two-year funding period, Freedom from Torture and SPIRASI will work together to share learning and best practice in family therapy and peer-to-peer support models.

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.

City Bridge Trust

In May 2015, Freedom from Torture was awarded a three-year grant from the City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s Charity. This funding supports our work with children and young people who have experienced torture to: improve their mental health, support them to overcome practical barriers, and ensure their voices are central to the development and implementation of Freedom from Torture’s services for young survivors. We greatly appreciate the support from City Bridge Trust towards this vital work at our London treatment centre.

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need awarded a three-year grant of £10,000 pa in June 2018 to Freedom from Torture Scotland to help children and young people who are survivors of torture and organised violence. 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.

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