The International Music Night on 26th June aid of Freedom from Torture promises to be a fantastic night with a great line up of musicians:
First up will be OJAY, a talented bass guitarist, originally from Manchester, who many people will have heard playing in the streets around Newcastle. Then the Crossings Band, a tight ensemble of local and international musicians will be playing lively dance music from around the world!
The event will be on Wednesday 26th June as this is the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Freedom from Torture (a national charity) has a centre in Newcastle which offers support and treatment to people in Newcastle, plus outreach work in Middlesborough and Stockton. Most of the 66, mainly adult, clients are asylum seekers and the majority come from Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka. Others are from Egypt, Nigeria, Lebanon, Turkey, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan.
The clients are extremely traumatised by their experiences and require very specialised treatment by highly skilled practitioners including psychotherapists, doctors, and legal advisors, so costs of treatment are high and this is why fundraising is vital. FfT is not government funded, 80% of it’s income is from voluntary donations and it is the only organisation in the UK solely dedicated to treating survivors of torture to help them recover and begin to lead a normal life. Individual therapy is supplemented and augmented by groups such as gardening, cooking and writing.