The Helen Bamber Foundation supports survivors of extreme human cruelty such as torture, human trafficking and domestic abuse.
A really important part of the work we do with survivors is in our Integration Programme - this supports survivors to build skills for independence, find a community and grow in confidence and strength so that they can reclaim their power over their lives and live out their aspirations.
This year, we have piloted an amazing project as part of our integration work: a hiking group for women who have suffered from extreme human cruelty. The group consists of around 10 women, who are training every month to eventually take on a huge challenge: climbing the three highest peaks in the UK!
The group has shown amazing benefits so far: the women are feeling stronger and more confident, are bonding as a team and are finding power in challenging themselves physically and psychologically.
One woman said: "I havent had this much fun and laughter in a long time, I met very amazing ladies today. I can't stress enough how wonderful it was. I am looking forward to more of it but, for now, I am at home with my feet up.
Amazing projects like these can only work if all the other aspects of our service are fully functioning too.
It's difficult for a survivor to attend a walking group::
- if she has no safe home to live in and little money to buy essentials such as food
- if the symptoms of her post traumatic stress disorder are too overwhelming for her to leave the house
- if she is living in fear of deportation and is consumed by the stress of an ongoing asylum claim with inadequate legal support
Our full range of services in legal protection, specialist therapies, medical advocacy, housing and welfare support all work in tandem with each other, according to survivors' needs.
Now that we are lucky enough to have fully funded the walking group this year, we're asking you to support our other essential services that make amazing projects like this one possible.