Month: August 2021


Yvonne Barr RIP

Mike Freeman, former Chair of Trustees at World Medicine, has written a moving tribute to Yvonne Barr, who recently died.

WM is sad to share the news that Yvonne Barr died a few weeks ago.

Yvonne was instrumental in saving WM from closing down and along with Graham Bentley, who was seconded from American Express, developed and implemented many policies and procedures that still support the administrative function of WM today.

Between the years of  2010- 2015 Yvonne took on the role of voluntary Secretary, and brought to WM her wealth of knowledge and expertise in the voluntary and charitable sectors. 

Yvonne’s enthusiasm and imagination initiated 2 charity bicycle rides from London to Paris and she joined in and on one!  She also initiated other fundraising events including an Art Auction in Cork Street, London and a wine tasting evening held in Harrogate. 

We will miss her energy, her huge sense of adventure and her deep heart of compassion. 

We thank Yvonne for ensuring, through her years of hard work, that WM continues and flourishes as we see today. 

Our love and thoughts go to her daughter Lizzie and her family. 

Thank you Yvonne, it was a privilege to have walked and cycled this path of life together.

Mike Freeman


New Refugee Friends acupuncture clinic

By Barbara Robinson, Trustee

New Refugee Friends acupuncture clinic opens 18th August!

Dallya Alhorri, JRS Refugee Activity Coordinator

Nearly there – on 4th August volunteer acupuncturists gathered at the Jesuit Refugee Service* day centre in Wapping to acquaint themselves with the space they will be treating in and to meet Dallya, the JRS Refugee Activities Coordinator.

The meeting was heart warming and productive with everyone buoyed by the thought of opening this new clinic for Refugee Friends.  The friends are offered 6 weekly sessions of acupuncture to help with a range of health concerns, particularly trauma, anxiety, depression, insomnia and grief.  Treatment is primarily auricular with the friends seated; however distal points may also be used.

The first clinic will take place on 18th August at 2pm, with the last friend being treated at 4pm.  Friends are encouraged to attend for all 6 treatments as we know that acupuncture is a cumulative experience and that will give greatest benefit.  At the end of this 6 week ‘block’ there will be one week break then another block of 6 weekly treatment will commence.

My thanks go to Sarah, Julia, Suzannah Caroline, Najma, Sally and Catherine for their commitment and wonderful enthusiasm.

The volunteers are all qualified acupuncturists or NADA practitioners with insurance and DBS checks in place. When allocated to deliver treatments in a 6 week block, volunteers are asked to commit to 3 afternoons in that block.  They may then miss a block but commit to 3 afternoons in a subsequent 6 week block.

We are always looking for new volunteers, so if you feel you would love to help at the Friends’ clinic, please contact me at

Barbara xx

*The Jesuit Refugee Service can be found at has been operating for over 40 years. It is a Catholic organisation providing legal advice, small grants, emotional support and befriending to destitute asylum seekers in London and at the Heathrow detention centre.

They welcome all nationalities, people of any faith and no faith.