Charity information

Ourmala

Ourmala works with refugees, people seeking asylum and survivors of modern slavery and trafficking. We provide trauma informed yoga classes, English classes, welfare advice and access to other critical services.

Founded 2011

  • Mission statement

    Ourmala exists to help refugees and asylum-seekers recover from the atrocities they have experienced and rebuild their lives. We stand for compassion, interconnection and social justice.

    We believe in aligning our hearts, minds and actions and working together to achieve our mission.

    Mala means ‘garland’ in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language in which Yoga’s seminal texts are written. Yoga is a practical philosophy that centres around the simple concept that everything is interconnected.

    OUR VISION
    Is a world where refugees and asylum-seekers can lead happy, healthy, fulfilling and dignified lives.

    OUR MISSION
    Is to provide immediate and lasting change for refugees and asylum-seekers through therapeutic care, educational services and access to critical resources.

    OUR FUTURE
    Our service will expand to respond to the critical refugee crisis and will support refugee and asylum-seeking women, men and children. We will always respect the gender-based violence most of these women have experienced by providing single gender classes.

    OUR VALUES
    Non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, self-control, non-greed, cleanliness, contentment, discipline, self-study and devotion.

  • Aims

    Ourmala aims to:

    • To provide immediate and lasting change for refugees and people seeking asylum through therapeutic care, educational services and access to critical resources.
    • To create a safe, welcoming community for some of the most marginalised people in our society.
  • Overview

    Established: March 2011

    Registered Charity Number: 1161394

    Board members: 7

    Part time staff: 13

    Volunteers: 35

    Phone number: 07964551090

    Address: 1a Goldsmith's Row E2 8QA

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