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NADA fundraising training

NADA TRAINING COURSE

imagesSeptember, 2021 saw a group of fifteen student, and recently-graduated acupuncturists and clinic supervisors undertake a three-day fundraising training in the NADA protocol, at the Northern College of Acupuncture, York. 

Jude Blair, who organised the event and led the training said, “I have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity. My thanks must go to Richard Blackwell, College Principal, who kindly provided room space for the training; to Phoenix Medical, for donating needles and other equipment and to an anonymous donor who provided all the printed learning materials. Also, special thanks must go to Janet Stevens and Ami Micklethwaite – graduates of Nca who recently took the NADA protocol training with me – for their time, energy, support and assistance both before and during the training and for helping to make the course so successful. There were also a few trainees who helped with the smooth running of the course by quietly working behind the scenes, disseminating information about the training, co-ordinating people who were interested in taking the course, providing transport to and from York and donating beverages for the breaks. Thank you all!!! 

Picture2“Everyone on the course worked hard to increase their knowledge and skills over the three days. I feel privileged to have been working with such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of people, who worked so well together, and I was humbled by how hugely supportive participants were of each other, openly and generously sharing their wide-ranging experience and expertise from other areas of their lives. Deep gratitude!”

A number of trainees have already expressed interest in volunteering for World Medicine and many are actively exploring ways to develop their practice to incorporate the use of the NADA protocol, to the benefit of their patients and clients. 

Funds raised will support the work of World Medicine in ongoing projects such as the 3 week annual acupuncture ‘camp’ in Gujarat, the weekly clinic for refugees in Wapping and to the development of further projects, both at home and abroad. 

If you are interested in taking the NADA training or volunteering for World Medicine projects, please get in touch by emailing info@worldmedicine.org.uk.

 

 

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The Refugee Friends Clinic

Clinic organiser Barbara Robinson writes…

The JRS clinic at Wapping started 5 weeks ago on 18th August and it has been very well received by refugee friends.

It is primarily a seated ear clinic but as our volunteers usually have both body and auricular skills we have also been able to treat any distal musculo-skeletal problems that have come up.  The last 5 weeks has seen a steady flow of between 8-12 friends each week plus several staff!  The organisational assistance from JRS has been excellent, the practitioners are in their stride now and the friends are getting used to the set up – they seem to appreciate the quiet atmosphere and are relaxed when they leave.  Next Wednesday will be the last of this cycle of 6 weeks.  We will have a gap of 1 week, then the next cycle of 6 will start on 6 Oct.

Many, many thanks go to all acupuncturists and staff at JRS for their open heartedness and commitment which has enabled this clinic to get off the ground, and I look forward to it continuing long into the future for the benefit of refugee friends.

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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

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New Refugee Friends acupuncture clinic

By Barbara Robinson, Trustee

New Refugee Friends acupuncture clinic opens 18th August!

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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@worldmedicine.org.uk

Barbara xx

*The Jesuit Refugee Service can be found at www.jrsuk.net 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. 

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Remembering

By Phil Montgomery – Phil has taken part in many Chaparda clinics and has recently retired as Trustee of World Medicine.

It was my first day back working in the men’s clinic at Jaye Ambe hospital in the rural district of Chaparda, Gujarat. My first patient awaited me. I remembered his face but sadly can’t recall his name. This was my fourth visit working at the hospital and my patient, a local Sadu monk had visited each time for a succession of treatments. He was 80 plus years of age, dressed in the traditional saffron robes, wearing a full grey beard and moustache. He reminded me very much of a wise and happy Asiatic Father Christmas.

Generally he was in good health but suffered pain in his knees and a decreased mobility brought during the damp colder winter months. His diagnosis generally related to arthritis of the knees. Through the translation he gratefully told me how the treatments would lessen the pain, improve his mobility and last until the weather changed and the warmer months returned. I will never forget his smiling face, appreciative handshake and namaskar.

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News From Gujarat

We’ve recently heard from our friends at the Jay Ambe hospital in Chaparda and share this news…

The first wave of Covid-19 was relatively benign in India, however, as we have all seen on the news, the second wave ‘Indian variant’ has been devastating with medical services across the country unable to cope and desperately short of oxygen supplies.

Picture2Two weeks ago, WM responded to a call to help fund an oxygen generator for the Jay Ambe hospital at Chaparda.  While we are always very careful how charity funds are used, the WM team were very motivated to help the community hospital which has hosted so many acupuncture camps over the years.  Because of covid, we were not able to travel to India last January so we decided to donate the funds we would have used as a way of helping the same people we would normally have seen from local villages.

The oxygen generator is now installed, working, and supplying oxygen to the hospital and the isolated covid wards that have been set up adjacent to the hospital.

Government attempts to roll out a vaccination programme has been severely affected as Cyclone Tauktae hit the west coast wreaking havoc with many lives lost.  The 120 mile/hr winds damaged 16,000 houses in Gujarat alone, ripping up trees and downing power lines. A second cyclone is expected to follow hitting the east coast of the country within the next few days.

In the wake of this there are additional worries: there is a growing awareness that many post covid patients, particularly diabetics and others with immunosuppressed conditions are very susceptible to Mucormycosis, referred to as ‘black fungus’ which can have fatal consequences if not treated promptly.

India is indeed suffering – with the poorest suffering the most, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.

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Refugee Community Kitchen

World Medicine will soon begin a new project supporting refugees in London. To mark this new venture for us, our Guest Blog today is written by Sasiki Hubberstey, who, in 2017 was one of hundreds of volunteers who served meals to refugees in the infamous ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais. Sasiki recently made a ‘virtual’ return visit to Calais as part of our team of ‘Chaparda Challenge‘ walkers covering the distance from York to Chaparda in India, so we asked her to recall her time working in the Refugee Community Kitchen.

Refugee Community Kitchen, Calais, 2017

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That was the provision for the refugees stranded in the forest squats around Calais and Dunkirk when I volunteered several times in the RCK kitchen that year. Huge platefuls of rice and curry, salads, condiments, freshly cooked twice a day – with a good dollop of love and singing thrown in – by a team of volunteers, some long term, others, like me, for a week/weekend/month at a time.

Lone teenagers, families with babies, lone men, and a few lone women, from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Sudan…. Dispersed across France when ‘The Jungle’ had been destroyed the year before, gradually making their way back, to restore their hope to reach family/friends in UK.

76% of the refugees that RCK asked had had their meagre belongings destroyed by a branch of the police twice every week, at night, since their arrival. Tents destroyed, shoes removed, pepper sprayed. Many had been there for months.

war_and_poverty_misc-5255RCK provided food. No judgement, no questions. (Others provided tents, shoes, jackets, chargers for mobiles, medical aid etc). A wonderfully heartfelt, positive, committed, well-organised, daily operation of a scale I’d never seen before! Twelve hour days of prepping vast pots of veg and taking out to the forest squats twice a day, to the long long queues, surrounded by police. And washing up, cleansing floors and work surfaces, doing laundry. And starting again early the next day.

In such extremities, such warmth, such gentleness, gratitude, love, humility. One of the most moving places to be, ever. Thank you RCK x

Click below to watch a video on the work of the Refugee Community Kitchen.

 

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Super Skater Steph!

By Emma Vaughan

downloadKeeping it in the family, Rafe’s Aunty Steph has also been busy!

She recently skated 26 miles during the virtual kiltwalk weekend and raised £809 which means with the extra Hunter foundation contribution an amazing total of £1213.

This is fabulous fundraising and again we are hugely grateful. This fundraising effort has come at a time when India is facing a devastating crisis and indeed our own friends and colleagues at Jay Ambe hospital are facing mounting pressure as the local community suffer from a second wave of Covid infections.

This week we have been able to make a contribution to a direct appeal from the hospital for life saving oxygen and so the commitment of our volunteers and their families has been particularly poignant and welcome.

Our collective kiltwalk efforts have raised £2577, giving us £3865 in total once Sir Tom Hunter has bolstered our own efforts.

Brilliant achievement, thank you everyone who has supported our efforts either by participating , cheerleading our team or contributing directly to the fundraising!

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Remarkable Rafe!

By Emma Vaughan

a894f606-5459-4929-89c2-fbbc91df288fRafe is the 6 year old grandson of Barbara and Dave, with the former being a World Medicine trustee and volunteer.

He is indeed a remarkable boy as this is now his second year dedicated to helping fundraise for our charity, and both years he has done it with some style! Considering the size of his legs, we are all amazed at his stamina and his commitment. Together with his parents he has been a prolific fundraiser and this year alone he raised an incredible £890. With the Hunter foundation contribution this means that Rafe’s efforts will have generated £1335. This is a massive achievement and we are hugely grateful to him and all his generous sponsors.

Thank you Rafe!

Barbara recently interviewed Rafe before the kiltwalk to get some tips and motivation!

Enjoy our wee video..

 

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Kiltwalk 2021

By Emma Vaughan

The 23rd of April heralded the start of Scotland’s virtual Kiltwalk challenge ! Over the weekend, Barbara, her husband Dave, daughter Stephanie and 6 year old grandson Rafe plus Emma in Scotland embarked on various walks and in Stephanie’s case skated, yes skated their way on the 26 mile challenge!

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a894f606-5459-4929-89c2-fbbc91df288fThe weather was uncharacteristically kind to all of us which is remarkable as we are spread across 3 nations, and we were able to complete our journeys within the time frame allowed. This is Rafe’s second walk for World Medicine and we are are incredibly proud of him. You’ll read all about him in our next blog which gives a fuller picture on his fundraising efforts with a lovely video introducing him.

Stephanie also deserves a special mention as her unique challenge was incredible as she hadn’t put a pair of skates on for 30 years! An amazing effort, backed up with awesome fundraising! We feared for her safety but can report that she is still in one piece and uncomplaining!

So far our team has raised over £2500 which will be bolstered by 50% thanks to the Hunter foundation. A fantastic achievement which allows us to continue our work both in the UK and abroad! Donations can be accepted until May 2nd so please support us if you can.

Well done everybody, and also thank you to all the supporters in the background who helped us with our individual challenges.