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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
£1m mental health project for refugees
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¬†Refugee support groups have welcomed a £1m lottery funded project to support a mental health project for asylum seekers across the country. 'Breathing Space: Supporting Refugees to Rebuild Their Lives' will be a three-year partnership between The Camelot Foundation, the Refugee Council and the Medical Foundation For Victims of Torture. It will set up and co-ordinate training, information and advice. A spokeswoman for Oaklands Refugee Services in Honor Oak, south London, said: "When refugees arrive here, they often receive little or no support. As our government's new policy of dispersing refugees round the country comes into force, some people will be very isolated and at risk. We need services in place to care for them." Nick Hardwick, chief executive from the Refugee Council said: "Many refugees feel profound despair, loneliness and grief. This is too often compounded by the circumstances they experience in the UK which make matters worse rather than better. We hope this major project helps refugees begin a process of healing through culturally sensitive and holistically oriented support."
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