All donations go towards funding our psychosocial support and therapeutic projects. Administration costs are less than 1%. These go to accountancy and insurance. PTC(UK) operates from the houses of trustees and supporters in order to keep expenses low.
We do not support any political or religious group, but seek to help relieve trauma. PTC(UK) has direct links with clinical teams in Gaza. Click below to watch the film.
In June 2013 the Family Therapy Project was set up in Gaza City. This has developed into a research project as well as a clinical practice. Focusing skills were introduced by specialists from the UK, the Netherlands and Ireland. The Focusing Institute in the US has also taken an interest in the project. The Friday of Joy Initiative was created by the team in Gaza and has expanded to include a Sports Project.
The Friday of Joy Initiative has been supported by the British Shalom Salaam Trust, The Palestine Committee of Norway, Art into Heart, Brent Friends of Palestine, Four Pillars of Hope, Giggin for Gaza in Aberdeen, Sumud Palestine, Gaza Children’s Trauma Centre, Worcester Friends of Palestine, Norwich PSC and Kingston University.
In January 2019, Jeremy Hardy died. He was a passionate and hugely well-informed supporter of rights for Palestinians and we will all miss him greatly.
VISITS TO PTC(GAZA)
Since 2016, on behalf of PTC(UK), Dr. Guido Veronese from the University of Milano-Bicocca has helped with Family Therapy training for the team in Gaza. This has continued to the present (2019). Report of Guido visit-May 2016
PTC(UK) visits to Gaza: Other visits have supported the Family Therapy Project by introducing assessment and evaluation methods, Focusing, drama skills and the use of media.
PREVIOUS VISITS TO GAZA BY PTC(UK)
January 2010: Art therapist, Peter Offord, was the first PTC(UK) member to reach Gaza. (Click here to see report) . The PTC(UK) Family Therapy team, Mohamed Altawil, Andrew Enever and David Harrold, reached Gaza on 28th December 2010 and stayed until 3rd January 2011.
There was another visit by the Family Therapy team, from December 2012 to January 2013. Focusing trainers, led by Jerry Conway, have been to Gaza twice during 2011 and 2013. Another extended visit was in 2015.
BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION IN GAZA.
Because of the administrative/political split between Gaza and the West Bank, there is no unified national plan for mental health services. This means that training opportunities provided through PTC(Gaza) and PTC(UK) are enormously valuable.
On a social and recreational level, a lot is being achieved for thousands of children. However, clinics are failing to cope with all the more serious mental health disorders. Care providers have become exhausted and ongoing support is rarely available. Support for the deliverers of care is urgently needed.