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What people say

What our members say

“Coming to Room to Heal has changed my life. My life was meaningless over the last five years. Now I have found hope. It was winter and now it is spring.”

“I can see the transformation in my life – I came when I had lost trust in pretty much everything but right now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

“I was a dead soul in a living body; Room to Heal gave me back hope in life.”

“A mother is always a mother no matter what. A mother spells birth, the beginning of something, a new beginning. For me that is part of what Room to Heal was for me, as well as a home away from home, a healing place. A place where I could be or start being me. A place where I rediscovered myself again. Room to Heal for me is the above and so much. So even though I got my status I will keep coming, for energy, to re-energise my system. Thank you for everything, from the bottom of my heart.”

“When I first came to Room to Heal, I was completely lost. This place changed everything. I came back to life again. Room to Heal is my family, my home. I feel so proud to be a part of it.”

“I thank you heartily for all what you do for us! Thank you to make me understand that I am still alive! Thank you to make me aware that I shouldn’t be haunted by my past. Thank you to bring me in the present and see how life is beautiful! Thank you to care for my well-being. Thank you to be more than a staff. Thank you to be there for me in times of need! Thank you to make me feel acceptable for whatever reasons I was blaming myself. Thank you to be my family and never judge me!”

“They helped me to find a place to live and also to feel valued. I think everyone need a place where you feel secure.”

“At Room to Heal you are not a patient, or a reference number, you are a human being.”

What our supporters say

“Room to Heal is an extraordinary place of generosity and courage where the reality of and devastating impact of the worst of human cruelty is soothed with love and openness. Not only does Room to Heal help those who have suffered tremendous inhumanity – the very presence of people prepared to be so open and brave and accepting can transform the lives of all those who come into contact with it. Room to Heal is a source of strength, hope, tolerance, and love.”

Andy Pakula, New Unity Church

“From what I understand of the studies of psychotherapeutic benefits to people who have suffered displacement, torture or other serious harm, community is so important to re-building trust — this is not something that individual therapy alone can achieve. Room to Heal understands this and community is a key feature and quite unique to RtH.”

Sarah-Jane Savage, Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR

“The strength of Room to Heal comes from the enthusiasm and dedication of the people involved.”

Amy Saunders, Comic Relief

“Clients have spoken very positively about the support they receive at Room to Heal and that gives them a much-needed safety net, which would otherwise be lacking. Room to Heal really cares about their well-being and support and means that we can focus on their immigration problems.”

Damian Hanley, Senior Partner, Wilsons LLP

“Room to Heal has built a wonderful healing community for people from all over the world who have experienced torture and other human rights abuses. I’ve seen first hand the effects of the brilliant work they do and wholeheartedly support their efforts.”

Jeremy Corbyn

“Room to Heal offers an invaluable service to refugees and asylum seekers, providing a safe warming space in which they can thrive. The staff and volunteers are exceptionally skilled and empathetic. A great partner for us.”

Carrie Supple, Journey to Justice

“In representing Room to Heal members in their asylum applications, I have been able to see how being part of the community represents something very important for them, which has given them new hope in life, something to be part of and feel proud of. As well as providing them with invaluable emotional and practical support, for example in accessing legal advice, medical services, and helping them to build the confidence to disclose their experiences of torture to the Home Office, which is vital to the success of their claims, I have witnessed how Room To Heal and its dedicated staff has had a transformative impact on these individuals’ lives. One client who has been profoundly affected by his experience of having been imprisoned and tortured by the authorities in his country said to me that everything he is today is thanks to this community and his therapist who leads it. I do not believe he was exaggerating. The first time I saw him smile, after several months of meetings was after he had returned from Room To Heal’s retreat. It was not just a smile – his whole being appeared changed. It was the first time I had seen him serene and relaxed.”

Jennine Walker, Wilsons Solicitors LLP