City Bridge Trust outlines support for refugees and asylum seekers

Written by Matt Ritchie

City of London Corporation’s charitable funder City Bridge Trust has marked Refugee Week by announcing it has awarded grants of nearly £758,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers in the past year.

The grants to community organisations include £134,200 to Africans Unite Against Child Abuse to help fund a part-time mental health worker and community projects.

British Refugee Council received £106,500 towards a counselling service for refugees, while Africa Advocacy Foundation was awarded the same amount to help support young women to address the psychological impact of female genital mutilation.

Waterloo Community Counselling was awarded £102,000 to help fund the costs of its project manager and freelance fees for counsellors working with refugees and asylum seekers experiencing trauma, grief or loss.

Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre was awarded £98,850 to help provide a therapy provision, psycho-social holding groups and a community link worker.

CBT director David Farnsworth said the trust makes grants of around £20m a year towards charitable activity across Greater London.

“We have donated £757,860 to projects supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the last year alone - including those which provide mental health services, training opportunities and financial support,” he said. “We are committed to supporting Londoners to help make our city a fairer place in which to live and work.”

CBT said it has awarded over 7,300 grants totalling more than £344m to organisations across the capital since 1995.

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