Project information

Alleviating Poverty

Freedom from Torture is a national organisation dedicated to survivors of torture and treatment centre in the UK solely dedicated to helping survivors of torture in the UK. Most are refugees or asylum seekers and for them life is very hard. Many suffer extreme poverty, homelessness and hardship.


Charity information


  • Need


    Alongside the obvious physical injuries sustained, torture shatters a person’s identity and belief system. This renders the world, society and self incomprehensible and terrifying. Most of the people coming to Freedom from Torture for help are either asylum seekers or refugees. As well as dealing with the debilitating physical and psychological problems arising from their torture almost all face an immense struggle with issues around poverty and housing which seriously hinder their recovery


    The basic needs of a torture survivor must be met if they are to have any chance of rehabilitation. To address this problem, Freedom from Torture prioritises the welfare of our clients in five essential aspects of our work: Social Work with separated young torture survivors; Casework Counselling; Specialist Welfare Advice around welfare and housing; Relief Committee to help clients who are destitute; and the Poverty Project to research into impact of poverty on our clients.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help alleviate the practical problems standing in the way of our clients' rehabilitation.


    » Social work, casework counselling, welfare advice, relief committee, and poverty research project

    Success will be shown by the progress of clients through their therapeutic journey once their practical life problems have been dealt with.

  • Impact


    The stories of clients' managing to move on from Freedom from Torture and making a life for themselves outside our centres.




    Regular updates

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £207,024

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      Amount Heading Description
      £23,514 Salary Senior Social Worker
      £21,292 Salary Specialist Welfare Advisor
      £98,178 Salaries Casework Counsellors (8 posts)
      £18,045 Salary Policy and Advocacy Officer
      £25,000 Relief payments Emergency relief for most destitute clients
      £20,995 Salaries Payment to interpreters
  • Background




    Survivors of torture and organised violence living within the greater London area and surrounding counties

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our highly trained staff are uniquely placed to meet the complex needs of torture survivors

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Perico Rodriguez

    Senior Counsellor Perico works flexibly to find solutions to whatever practical issues survivors of torture have as well as addressing their trauma.