Our Approach

At Room to Heal, we offer support and refuge to people who have had to flee persecution, torture and indefinite detention. We help people rebuild their lives and integrate into society. In the longer term we give a voice to the voiceless, and work towards creating a world where Human Rights are respected and torture is a thing of the past.

We assist and we advocate. We do this because we believe in a world where human rights are respected, where those who are persecuted for their beliefs are supported, and their plight publicised.

As a small, grass-roots charity we have grown organically over the past decade in response to the people we help. We offer long-term support, responsive to each individual’s need, situation and aspiration – we stand by our beneficiaries until such a time as they can rebuilt their lives and integrate in a meaningful way.

Our community-based approach emphasises human connection. We offer people a place of belonging, helping them withstand the many challenges they face. Our community, based in Islington, is made up of people from 30 countries, of all ages and religions, united by a common belief in humanity and respect for human rights.

The model of assistance and advocacy that we have developed has been recognised by the United Nations who are inviting us to train others in the field. We are now looking to replicate our work throughout the UK and overseas.

The impact of our work is also recognised by our funders. Comic Relief named us ‘Charity Champions’ and Lloyds Foundation praised our ‘outstanding impact.’



Mark Fish founded Room to Heal in 2007.  Mark, a highly respected counsellor and psychotherapist, was profoundly affected by his experiences working in conflict resolution in ...


Our mission is to support people who have survived torture and human rights abuses to rebuild their lives in exile, through an integrated programme of ...

Our programme

Below is a brief outline of Room to Heal’s holistic programme for members. Please get in touch to find out more. Our assessment process is ...

What people say about us

  “… I have become a better person here – full of life, confidence and ambition.”   What our members say: “When I first came ...

Therapeutic Gardening

Room to Heal began in a garden… Room to Heal was born out of the wish of five refugees desperate for some green space in ...


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Your money could fund a therapist to help members recover from severe trauma, help to pay for healing programmes such as the storytelling project, or cover travel expenses for members to get to a retreat. We also need general funds for staff wages and running costs such as office rental and telephone. Donations through JustGiving […]