About us

Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture helps torture survivors rebuild their lives. Since 1985 when it was set up, more than 57,000 people have been referred for help. Its staff and volunteers provide medical and social care, psychological and physical therapy and medico-legal reports to support asylum appeals. Freedom from Torture educates the public and decision makers about torture and its consequences, and strives to ensure that the UK honours its international obligations towards survivors of torture, asylum seekers and refugees. The main treatment centre and administrative HQ is in London, with other centres in Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.  We support the work of all centres.

We, the Edinburgh Local Group, are active all year round.

  • We hold sponsored walks, garden parties, concerts, charity dinners, Christmas shopping events, lunches and coffee mornings. We assist in Freedom from Torture’s campaigning in support of survivors of torture.
  • We take a particular interest in the work of Freedom from Torture’s Scotland Centre in Glasgow and have close relations with the Newcastle Centre and the London Headquarters. The highlight of each year for us is the weekend during the Edinburgh International Book Festival when survivors from around the UK have their writings read at the Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers’ sessions by such authors as A L Kennedy, Debi Gliori, Laura Bates and Jonathan Meres.
  • We keep in touch through an email group and a twice yearly newsletter, and a Talks Group is ready to spread the word to interested groups and societies. 
  • We were founded in 2003 and are constantly ready to welcome new members.  Use the contact information on that page to get in touch.

Freedom from Torture’s Scotland Centre

in Glasgow offers free holistic assessment, a programme of therapeutic group work, psychotherapy for individuals, medico-legal report writing and family therapy services to people living in Scotland who are survivors of torture or organised violence.

The Glasgow Centre also offers community activities such as gardening and help with English language for which it has four years of Big Lottery funding.