About

PTC(UK) is a charity (no. 1133560) run by volunteers in the UK who supervise a therapy team in Gaza. 

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. The PTC(UK) project team works with our delivery partner Nour el-Marifa in the middle area of Gaza.

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.

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In June 2013 the Family Therapy Project was set up in Gaza. 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.

UPDATE 2021. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Gaza, the three projects have combined to offer online and practical services for the emergency. Webinars called “Talk to Gaza” and online training workshops in Arabic have started.

Birmingham University has partnered with us for a research project, Rights for Time, in which we will explore memory, time and trauma in Gaza.               

VISITS TO PTC(GAZA)

Our last visit to Gaza from the UK was in 2015. In 2019 Dr Guido Veronese from the University of  Milano-Bicocca  visited the team on our behalf at their new centre in Nour elMarifa.

British MPs visited PTC(UK) Gaza team in 2013. The team have also welcomed specialists from Norway, Canada, Finland and Ireland.

 

PTC(UK) meeting the Gaza team in 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Since April 2020, the siege has intensified because of the threat of COVID-19. Regular Zoom meetings have taken their place to supervise the COVID Prevention Project.

 

 

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.

 

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