Room to Heal

Room to Heal Therapeutic Programme

We believe in the power of community to heal trauma originating from unspeakable violence suffered by asylum seekers and refugees. We aim to expand and deepen our existing support groups, gardening and food-growing, individual therapy, casework, theatre and storytelling, cooking and rural retreats.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1128857)

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  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
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Situation

Upon arrival in the UK, many refugees and asylum seekers have complex emotional and physical needs as a result of persecution, torture, sexual violence and other forms of organized violence. Their troubles are compounded here by the difficulties of navigating the immigration system, the experience of isolation and marginalization and in some cases, destitution. Our members arrive at Room to Heal dis-empowered, lost and disconnected from themselves and the world.

Solution

Through our range of single sex and group therapy combined with individual counselling and communal, healing activities such as gardening, story-telling, cooking, singing and mindfulness sessions, we have seen the positive transformation in over 30 members as they discover a sense of belonging and acceptance. In finding humanity and life in others who have been through similarly horrific life journeys our members find hope and can begin to reconnect with themselves and their surroundings.

  • When I first arrived here [...] I was a dead soul with a living body. Room to Heal gave me back hope in life

    — Member in the women's programme

  • Room to Heal does a wonderful job supporting asylum seekers who have been through desperate times

    — Anna Berent, Mayor of Islington

  • When I first arrived here [...] I was a dead soul with a living body. Room to Heal gave me back hope in life

    — Member in the women's programme

  • Room to Heal does a wonderful job supporting asylum seekers who have been through desperate times

    — Anna Berent, Mayor of Islington