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Solace 15 Years Anniversary Launch Event

Celebrate our 15th Anniversary with us!

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.

Click here for information and registration. 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

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