Refugees

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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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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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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.