Solace 15 Years Celebration - Launch Event - Friday 21st May 2021 4pm - 5.30pm

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Solace, a specialist therapeutic service for refugees and asylum seekers in Yorkshire and the Humber region invites you to celebrate their 15th anniversary with them.

This free online event,  launches a programme of celebrations throughout this year.

Join us to hear Prof. Divine Charura of York St John University and ex Solace Therapist talk about why specialist therapeutic services are needed for refugees and to hear from Germain Naruhana, ex-Solace client, volunteer and staff member talk about his work in Australia developing program for refugees

Everyone who would like to know more about our work is invited to attend. This may include staff, partner organisations, people who have used our service, supporters, funders, volunteers, mental health professionals, refugee and asylum seeker support organisations, schools, SENCOs and policy makers. 


Solace is bigger and wider reaching than ever before, whilst we face many of the same challenges that other small or medium charities have to contend with, this year we want to celebrate 15 years of continuous support that we have given to the people we set out to help - and to celebrate the thousands of people that we have worked with, enabling so many to progress with their lives.

Please click the 'Register now' button to sign up!  We look forward to seeing you there!  



  • 4.00pm Welcome & housekeeping - Jo Habib, Solace Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • 4.05pm Introduction to Solace - Kathryn Ashworth, Solace, CEO
  • 4.10pm Chair; Anne Burghgraef, Solace, Clinical Director
  • 4.15pm Professor Divine Charura, York St Johns University, Professor of Counselling Psychology; Programme Director - Doctorate of Counselling Psychology talk ‘We have been through horrific trauma … but we feel grateful that there are still good people in the world: Solace as a lighthouse and lifeline for refugees and asylum seekers'
  • 4.45pm Professor Gary Craig, Solace, Trustee 'Solace Papers'
  • 4.50pm Germain Naruhana, Former Solace service user, volunteer and staff talk ‘Germain’s Journey – Democratic Republic of the Congo to the UK to Australia’
  • 5.10pm Kathryn Ashworth - 'A Year of Celebrations'
  • Coffee & chat



Professor Divine Charura is the lead on the Doctorate in Counselling course at York St John University and has offered psychotherapy at Solace at various times throughout its 15 years of existence. His writing and research on refugees and trauma is well recognized. 

Germain Naruhana, who was one of Solace earliest clients and subsequent staff member was reunited with his family in Australia several years ago, who had been resettled there by the UNHCR from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He works in a mental health organisation for refugees and is politically active. 


May 21st, 2021 4:00 PM through  5:30 PM
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