Adult Regional Therapeutic Services
Regional Therapeutic Services is a multidisciplinary approach for our clients’ multiple levels of needs.
Regional Therapeutic Services is supported by the Therapeutic Services Manager working alongside a dedicated team of three Therapeutic Counsellors and volunteers based in Sheffield, Leeds and Birmingham. Together they are working with clients to empower them to manage their complex situations, supporting them with crisis interventions, weekly counselling sessions or therapeutic group work.
In Leeds we run a Music Therapy Group in Urban House Initial Accommodation (IA). The group is run by a Community Musician who works with an Arabic interpreter to provide weekly sessions.
Please note this group is not open to external referrals.
In Birmingham, we have established referral pathways with specialist organisations such as Freedom From Torture to ensure clients’ needs are met in a timely manner and that torture survivors are identified and referred for long term rehabilitation programmes. We also work alongside St Chad’s which provides our clients with practical support such as clothes, basic hygiene goods, baby clothes, and food parcels, as well as ESOL lessons which continue up until they are dispersed from Birmingham. To enquire about making a referral to our Birmingham Project please contact Therapeutic Birmingham firstname.lastname@example.org
VPRS Sheffield and South Yorkshire
The VPRS Therapeutic service for South Yorkshire is based in Sheffield and provides a psychological therapy service to Syrian refugees who have been resettled in South Yorkshire via the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS). The service was launched on the 31st August 2017 and in November this year we also began offering a service for children and families.
The service accepts internal referrals from Refugee Council project workers supporting refugees in the VPRS, but external referrals from our stakeholders can also be made. The remit of the service is to offer up to 12 weeks therapy to Syrian refugees experiencing mental health distress, and who are resettled via the scheme.
The service has two part time therapists working with adults on Wednesday-Friday and two systemic family therapists working with children, family and schools on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
Contact: Jude Boyles on 0114 3990802 or Jude.email@example.com or email for a referral form: VPRSTherapeutic.Sheffield@RefugeeCouncil.org.uk
Our new therapy service in Ipswich provides a psychological therapy service to Syrian refugees who have been resettled in Suffolk via the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) and was launched in May 2018.
The service accepts referrals from professionals/services that are working with clients who are identified as needing therapeutic support and were resettled under the VPRS scheme in Ipswich. Referrals can be made by contacting the referral email. The remit of the service is to offer up to 12 weeks therapy to Syrian refugees experiencing mental health distress, and who are resettled via the scheme.
Referrals contact: VPRStherapeutic.Ipswich@refugeecouncil.org.uk
Our new therapy service in Cambridge provides a psychological therapy service to Syrian refugees who have been resettled in Cambridgeshire via the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) and was launched in September 2018.
The remit of the service is to offer up to 12 weeks therapeutic intervention to Syrian refugees experiencing mental health distress, and who are resettled via the VPRS scheme. The service accepts referrals from Cambridge City Council Refugee Project Workers, local GPs and other local Voluntary Agencies supporting refugees in the VPRS scheme. Referrals can be made using the email below to request a referral form.
Currently the service has a Therapist working 2.5/day per week, Monday-Wednesday, offering one to one therapy, and will be running therapeutic activity groups once the service is established and we have consulted with clients about the types of groups they would find most helpful.
To enquire about making a referral contact: Susan Mealing on 07776 590624 or email VPRS.firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new therapy service in Peterborough, launched in October 2018, provides psychological therapy to Syrian refugees who have been resettled via the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS).
The service accepts referrals from PARCA (Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association), from GPs and other professionals working with VPRS refugees. Referrals can be made using the email below to request a referral form. The remit of the service is to offer up to 12 weeks therapy to Syrian refugees resettled via the scheme, experiencing any kind of mental health distress.
Currently the service has a Therapist and Arabic speaking interpreter available part of Tuesday and all day Wednesday and Thursday. We are offering one to one therapy, supportive home visits and therapeutic activity groups such as gardening, and stress reduction/relaxation. We will also try to encourage activities for families with children, such as drumming and art. Other groups may be established according to client’s needs and preferences.
Contact: Lynne Booker on 07776 590625 or VPRS.Peterborough@refugeecouncil.org.uk
Refugee Telephone Therapeutic Counselling (RTTC)
Sudden dispersal can interrupt the therapeutic relationship we are striving to build with our clients, which can stop them from getting the support they need from the Refugee Council. To respond to this we have piloted an innovative project offering telephone therapeutic counselling with asylum seekers and refugees who get dispersed before finishing their allocated sessions.
RTTC is delivered in the client’s first language where ever possible and with an interpreter if not. Dispersed clients are offered a holistic telephone assessment and a session to design a collaborative therapeutic plan which will include psycho-educational topics to help them integrate into their new life in the UK. The feedback so far has been very positive and clients report feeling less isolated, better supported and more able to engage with local services.
Please note RTTC is only offered to existing TS clients who are dispersed and currently is not open to external referrals.