“Room to Heal supports refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced torture and human rights abuses.
At the heart of thier work lies the cultivation of a healing community through which our members re-establish trust, address the trauma they have experienced and come out of isolation. Alongside therapeutic support, they offer practical casework assistance and a range of creative and social activities, enabling people to rebuild meaningful lives in exile.
We joined their weekly Friday afternoon group at the Culpepper Community Gardens in Islington. We were greeted with big smiles and a cup of tea, as chairs were shuffled around to squeeze us into the circle of members that had formed around the fire pit. This was clearly an event that many looked forward to: members, therapists and locals alike. We chatted to various members about life in London, our walk, different cultures, occasionally touching on their backgrounds and struggles, but mainly enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, the Spring sunshine and smiling faces that surrounded us. Food was prepared, which we all shared, once a little gardening completed. It was a very special afternoon, which we felt privileged to have been invited to.
Here’s a lovely short film about the garden: https://vimeo.com/34865793
We met Chloe Davies, Deputy Director and who works as a psychotherapist, in their Islington offices the following week. Listen below to what she had to say about her work and the power of nature and community in healing wounds.”
You can listen to our interview with Chloe here :