We currently co-operate with these organisations in our beneficiary work:
The Mind Body Group
TransmissionUK is in partnership with The MindBody Group, an organisation supporting complementary therapy which houses the following businesses:
- The MindBody Therapy Centre – based in Forest Hill, SE23 within Energie Fitness Club
- The MindBody Team of Therapists – a group of therapists and well being professionals
- MindBody Beauty
- One Energy Workshops
The MindBody Group are the therapy arm of TransmissionUK and its members are all fully qualified therapists. To quote Devon Burke who is one of the founders of the Group:
“All the Therapists in our centre/teams are fully qualified in their discipline, fully insured and where applicable, members of their complementary therapy association. They are here to offer you a premium service. We are delighted when our clients leave the centre (or we leave people at a company, club or school) feeling like they not only got value for money but also a treatment worth speaking about and sharing with others.”
Separate from The MindBody Group’s normal practice and other community work, they have started the MindBody Low Cost Clinic at the centre, in partnership with TransmissionUK. As a partnership we also work in other areas of London to enhance the health and well being in local communities. We provide therapeutic treatments for those who are suffering in the community but cannot afford treatment. It is the intention of The MindBody Group to use their skills to reach the lives of people with disabilities, life-threatening conditions and long-term conditions, as well as those in less threatening circumstances. This partnership is a great step forward in the fulfilment of this intention and both parties look forward to continuing a long and successful relationship.
Blenheim CDP is a leading substance misuse charity working across London to reduce the harm caused by drug misuse to individuals and the public. They provide opportunities for people to end their dependency on drugs. They believe in people’s capacity to change and this belief is central to everything that they do. As a charity they provide local services for local people in order to meet the diverse needs of the communities in which we work. The charitable status gives them an independence that allows them to innovate and set standards of good practice across our field of expertise. Blenheim CDP is committed to providing the highest quality services, whilst continuing to explore innovative treatment interventions.
TransmissionUK provides Reflexology four times a week at present to help facilitate the healing process for individuals going through drug rehabilitation at Blenheim CDP.
AJ England is the resident therapist there:
“I have a twelve year background in complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian head massage, lymphatic drainage and hot stones. I am also a meditation practitioner using relaxation and visualisation techniques from no religious background making it accessible to all. Having also worked extensively in the mental health field particularly with people in crisis and those that self-harm, I accumulated a wealth of experience in empowering individuals when they feel at their most vulnerable”
Newham Bereavement Drop In
Newham Bereavement Drop In provides information, advice and support to all those affected by a family bereavement who are living in the London borough of Newham. It is a much needed base for people to gather to seek comfort and solace with those who have had similar experiences and understand the grief process. It provides regular advice and counselling sessions, as well as complementary therapies which offer relaxation and rejuvenation in a safe and confidential environment.
For more information, you can visit their website here.
Nevres Niyazi has worked as a resident therapist there:
“My name is Nevres and I am qualified in Reflexology and Indian Head Massage. I provide therapies to service users at the Bereavement Drop In on a monthly basis, which is funded by TransmissionUK. This is very much appreciated by everyone at the Centre, as it gives people a chance to receive physical and emotional care through relaxation and treatment. I also have some listening and counselling skills which are utilised during my time at the Centre. Many of the users would not access this kind of support normally. I really believe it is an essential service for people trying to adjust to life without a loved one and come to terms with their loss.”
Worcester AIDS Foundation
The Worcester AIDS Foundation provide a range of practical and emotional support for anyone infected, affected or simply worried about HIV. Part of this support is providing access to complementary therapies and TransmissionUK are currently funding a massage therapist to provide treatments. Massage can help people with HIV/ AIDS relieve chronic muscle tension and ease the emotional and mental stress that accompany the illness.
The Worcester AIDS Foundation support people living in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
TransmissionUK is funding Huntingdon MS Therapy Centre to provide low cost complementary healthcare treatments to members of a Fibromyalgia support group in Huntingdonshire. The group, Fibromites, provides an understanding and friendly environment for people suffering with Fibromyalgia. The group meets twice a month, inviting speakers to share information about the condition, as well as organising events and activities to encourage social interaction.
The group contacted TransmissionUK due to an interest in the benefits of complementary therapies. Currently we are funding one session per week at the Huntingdon MS Therapy Centre for the Fibromites.
For more information about these organisations, visit their websites:
One Housing Group
Devon Burke from the MindBody Group has started providing the residents of a One Housing Group project in Camden with massage therapy. The King’s Terrace Project is a specialised housing project for people with mental health needs who are residents there for at least two years before being supported in finding independent living solutions. The massage therapy is currently being provided to a few residents each week and after a successful pilot we hope to extend this to treat many more.
We have also started providing Yoga classes within One Housing Group, taken in a group of 2-3 people by Carolina Smilas.
AJ England has started going to St. Mungo’s homeless hostel to provide ongoing complementary healthcare to a key group of hostel residents. The people see experience a range of health and social problems, as well as homelessness. These include anxiety and depression, schizophrenia and drug and alcohol issues. Due to the nature of homelessness and transient nature of the client group it may not always be possible to treat the same residents every time, but Nevres is hoping to provide continual reflexology and Indian head massage treatments.
St. Mungo’s ” support homeless people in their recovery - opening the door to safe housing, drug and alcohol support and physical and mental health care. We provide more help for homeless people in gaining life skills than any other charity – from job training to independent living skills in our ‘semi-independent’ houses.”
HealingUK is a charity established in 2010 which is supported by TransmissionUK to provide complementary healthcare and therapeutic workshops for people with life-limiting conditions and those affected by homelessness. TransmissionUK subsidises HealingUK by paying for all of its administrative and fundraising campaign costs.
TransmissionUK have also worked in partnership with these organisations, providing complementary therapy:
Poplar Harca Housing Association
TransmissionUK has been in partnership with Poplar Harca Housing Association. We used to run a relaxation class for the over 50′s and provide them with afternoon full body treatment sessions. We also funded an in-house Reflexology practitioner to work with the elderly there four times a week. As well as treating a variety of long-term conditions many of the elderly are isolated and starved of human contact, so these treatments are a real gift to them.
Prendergast Vale College (formerly Lewisham Bridge Primary School)
Devon Burke from the MindBody Group worked at Lewisham Bridge Primary School from February 2010 until August 2012. He worked with the teachers providing massage and relaxation, with the plan to extend the work to include both the pupils and their parents.
Devon describes his work at the project :
“I listen to the teachers’ issues related to the children, offering an ear so they can vent their issues and providing them with relaxation through massage and various types of complementary therapy. This includes breathing techniques and imagery work that can also be applied to the children as well. The next stage is to provide anger management and group therapy for the children using guided imagery and visualization, which helps them to manage their thoughts and think about their actions, such as kicking a teacher for example, in terms of the consequences.”