Council ends volunteer therapy for Grenfell victims

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More than half a year after the Grenfell Tower fire that swept through a 24-story housing building in West London, 150 victims of the blaze are still receiving counseling from a team of 15 volunteer therapists. But the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea announced today it plans to remove the volunteers from their positions at the Curve community center by January 26 (The Guardian).

Part of Complementary Support Teams UK (CSTUK), a service that provides support for victims of disasters, the therapists have been counseling survivors of the fire for the past seven months.

Local officials said the decision to remove the volunteers is related to ongoing plans for a single provider of therapy services linked to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to begin operating at the Curve.

However, “distrust between survivors of the Grenfell fire and the local authorities is strong,” leading some victims of the blaze to express anger over the elimination of what they see as needed services (The Guardian).

“I lost everything, my house and someone I love,” one survivor said. “The only thing keeping me more focused are the regular therapies I’ve had. I love these guys. To see them go is a great loss.”

According to a local council spokesperson, therapy services at the Curve will continue uninterrupted as the center standardizes its early-years service delivered by paid professionals with its adults’ service, which has been provided by volunteers. Officials said the CSTUK therapists are welcome to apply for work with the Curve.

The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on June 14, 2017, in North Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, West London. It caused 71 deaths and more than 70 injuries.

SeeWikiTribune‘s previous coverage on the Grenfell Tower fire.

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