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Bishop asks businesses to save charity

by Hannah Tooley

The Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre provides an art therapy scheme which helps new migrants to the city that suffer mental health problems.

Demand for the scheme has increased rapidly in recent months and the charity has launched a city-wide funding drive to keep the charity alive.

The art therapy runs alongside traditional forms of therapy, helping people who struggle with mental health.

It is hoping that the backing from the Bishop of Coventry and business leaders at the city's Chamber of Commerce will help bring in donations.

Sabir Zazai, the charity's director, said the Bishop of Coventry is supportive of the centre and wants to see it continue.

Speaking to Premier, he said: "I basically shared this need with him and said we'll be working on this fundraising campaign and he put his support behind it which is great.

"We do get quite a number of referrals from GPs to the service, and the service is much needed at this time, than ever before.

"So we're somehow forced to sustain it."

The special art therapy scheme helps new refugees and migrants coming to Coventry to deal with psychological scars that have been caused by traumatic experiences.

Many of the Bishop Street centre's visitors have been forced to leave loved ones behind to escape conflicts in their home countries.

The Bishop of Coventry, Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, said Coventry had opened up to those seeking refuge: "This service brings healing to the deep scars of tragedy and trauma that those who come to our city for sanctuary bear in the hidden places of their hearts and minds.

"It's a service that commands our pride and deserves our support."

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Sabir Zazai here: 

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