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    I’m confused; if they are volunteers, how can the council tell them to stop?

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      As far as I’m aware, the council is asking the volunteers to leave the site of the Curve, so it can hire therapists itself.

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        The CSTUK say they offer the following:

        Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, Kinesiology, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Body Massage, Bowen Therapy, Emmett Technique, Acupuncture, Meditation, Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Nutrition, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Various Counselling and Talking Therapies.

        I would hope that the therapists Cpuncil hire would provide evidence-based therapies, rather than these, but I’ve not seen anything about the therapies they will be providing.

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          Well, I believe there are studies which show at least some of these do good; as someone with a physical problem, I find that a good massage from a trained therapist does more good than a painkiller from a pharmacist for fixing the root cause of the pain.

          Your comment implies you don’t agree; let’s agree to disagree. If the Grenfell victims say it’s helping, then we can agree that’s the important issue, I hope.

          My original comment is more to the point that if the Grenfell victims are getting benefit from the volunteer therapists, and the therapists are volunteers, how can the council tell them to stop?

          And if as Lydia says, the council are saying “we want to replace you with paid staff”, why aren’t they instead saying “we want to enhance your volunteering with paid staff”?

          Does anyone disagree that the Grenfell victims deserve all the paid and unpaid help they can get?

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            There’s certainly noting wrong with a good relaxing massage, but the evidence is against most of the other practices – many practitioners claim well beyond what the best evidence says, and that’s when it’s a concern.

            However, that’s really for another discussion: I’m certainly not against the Grenfell victims getting some nice talking therapies or support but I’d be interested to know what the Council intend to offer instead. I suspect they will only fund evidence-based therapies such as those generally provided by the NHS. I’ll do some digging later to see what I can find.

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