The Helen Bamber Foundation is a UK-based human rights organisation
We help to mend what was broken in a safe and supportive environment
We help people who have experienced torture, trafficking and other forms of cruelty.
‘I am what I am today because of Helen Bamber Foundation.’ – Anita, survivor.
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We educate the public, policy makers and future generations about the risks of pursuing policies that ignore human rights.Read more about Education
We gather clinical evidence and act as expert witnesses to help immigration courts make better informed decisions. Read more about Legal Protection
We address clients’ severe and wide-ranging health issues with the help of expert clinical volunteers.Read more about Healthcare
We use a range of therapies to help our clients work through their trauma. Read more about Rehab therapies
We re-establish fundamental connections, boundaries and self-management strategies. Read more about Body-Mind
Our Body-Mind Therapy work combines movement, bodywork and yoga, with volunteers offering Osteopathy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Acupuncture, Movement and Yoga.
All too often a client’s body and mind are reduced to a battleground of polarized emotions and states of mind that leave them alternately dissociating from the present and desperately seeking relief from their past experiences. The impact of torture results in a person having altered perceptions. Not only does this deny them the ability to sense themselves as a worthy, able and contributing human being, but it can turn a simple everyday task into a fraught, anxiety ridden impossibility. The mind and the body become hard-wired into automatic knee-jerk reactions simply because the notion of trust ceases to exist.
We work with the client to enable gradual recognition and understanding of the impact of their internalized subjective experience of torture: their trauma. We re-establish fundamental connections, boundaries and self-management strategies that will allow a person to stand in their own present experience, in the presence of another, and for it to be ‘ok’.