Project information

MOJO Retreat for the Innocent

The Retreat will be unique project, using doctors and shared counselling experiences,to help innocent victims of our judicial system, and their families, gradually come to terms with what has happened to them. All of them suffer from post traumatic stress disorders and are in desperate need of help.

2 years

Charity information: Miscarriages of Justice Organisation

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  • Need

    Need

    The lack of medical care for innocent people who win their appeals, some after serving 15/20/25 years of wrongful imprisonment, are suddenly thrown back out into society, with no preparation no counselling, all have been diagnosed with severe PTSD DSM IV. Unlike guilty offender, innocent people are been thrown out of the appeal court with no medical help for the trauma they have endured whilst wrongfully incarcerated, compounding their trauma, very often becoming suicidal or premature deaths.

    Solution

    It is a tragedy of immense proportions to think helping to get innocent people out of prison is ultimately damaging them irreparably due to the lack of specialised counselling.We believe a specialised trauma unit is needed,we have the support from world leading experts in trauma, such as Prof. Gordon Turnbull,who treated the Beiruit Hostages,Dr Adrian Grounds,Helen Bamber,John MacCarthy and Terry Waites, we have a growing clientele all we need is the money and resources to build this retreat.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build a specialised unit as a retreat for innocent men and women released from the appeal court

    Activities

    » We need to raise £2 million, the running cost will come via the NHS to treat our clients,the money will build such a retreat for the whole of the UK

    Success will be...helping victims of our judicial system start to lead a normal, healthy and productive life, as well as their family and friends who suffer secondary trauma.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The Trauma Centre will create a unique and innovative facility that will become a centre of excellence in the treatment of trauma.We believe that not only will it help innocent people,and their families,move on with their lives,but due to the level of trauma they suffer from, the medical staff will learn from this chronic, and compounded forms of P.T.S.D.,will be invaluable in treating others who have suffered a traumatic moment.Successes will be measured by the medical staff and their treatment

    Risk

    there are risks the one centre for the whole of the UK may have geographical problems for access for our service users. We have dealt with this firstly due to the nature of our relationship with clients before they win their appeal, as well as fostering good relationship with other agencies, such as Miscarriages of Justice Support Service, the NHS and other benefit agencies.It would also act as one stop shop for medical support, benefit, financial and housing information.

    Reporting

    THis will be done online with monthly updates as well, an annual report online and an annual general meeting for all invited, trustees, patrons and donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000,000

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      £2,000,000 MOJO Trauma Retreat Costing by renowned architects Gareth Hoskins
  • Background

    Location

    At the present moment we have a number of possible sights, including Blair Castle in Fife. However we where advised, by our architects, to raise the money before staring to look for premises. It would be in an isolated rural area for peace and tranquility

    Beneficiaries

    Well apart from our service users, families and close friends being able to lead a normal life again. We believe, as do the medical experts, that this form of trauma is so severe that by treating long term innocent men and women, we would open up the key to finding ways to treat individuals suffering from traumatic moment such as accident, disasters and crimes of violence ie children of abuse and victims of domestic abuse.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the longest running charity in this field, we where founded by a high profile victim of a miscarriage of justice, Paddy Hill.Which is a crucial element to treating this level of PTSD,as trust is imperative in treating innocent men and women who have been so badly wronged by those in power.We also have support from the leading experts in the medical world ie Prof. Turnbull,Dr Grounds,Dr Paul Miller and Consultant Psychologist Iain Stephen,as well the legal world, Helena Kenendy and others

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Dr Paul MIller

    expert on the treatment of PTSD, works in Belfast, and would like to oversee the medical treatment.

    Paddy Hill

    founder of this charity,was one of the Birmingham 6,seen as a father figure to hundreds of miscarriage victims, has crucial shared experience.

    Gerry Conlon

    Also a high profile victim, has been recieving treated by Paul MIller, and his experience in dealing with and receiving counselling will be invaluable

    Cathy Molly

    at present our administrator and an ex nurse, her knowledge of our service users is invaluable for dealing with and treating PTSD sufferers