Community Resilience Network works with communities to bring relief from the effects of stress and trauma. We teach skills that have been shown to quickly and effectively bring a level of calm and ease and help bring about personal and community growth.
Community Resilience Network have developed a targeted Primary, Secondary and Tertiary approach for the benefit of groups of people, big and small. We recognise that trauma and stress effects everyone in a community, at home, within specific groups, in schools and in the workplace, neighbourhoods and whole districts.
We help bring people together, building stronger, more resilient communities who are more able to cope in their daily lives, at home and work and at times of shared distress.
We aim to train and support local people to lead and encourage their own communities, enabling them to bring relief from trauma and stress their-selves. We will build self-sustaining programmes that enable the long-term recovery of their communities, and families and individuals within it. Together, we will empower communities to thrive.
Who we work with
- Local communities, groups and individuals in the UK and Internationally (wherever there is a need) who are or who have experienced trauma and stress
- First responders, aid workers and agencies who provide assistance for local communities, groups and individuals who are or who have experienced trauma and stress
- Vulnerable groups and individuals who have suffered or who are suffering from trauma and stress related symptoms
Wherever there are communities affected by trauma and stress:
War and Disaster
Learning and using self-regulation skills to relieve stress and trauma helps bring about a sense of internal peace. It enables people to think more clearly, live more productive lives and opens communication so communities can grow together.
Emotional effects of war and disaster can materialise and endure long after a country has physically recovered. For some, the possibility of events recurring can be real. Using the methods we teach helps calm body and mind and builds resilience.
By training local people to support their own communities we will help build thriving resilient communities, more able to live and move forward together.
Victims of War
We have worked with survivors of the war in Bosnia & Herzegovina helping people who had been tortured, raped, beaten and starved when imprisoned in concentration camps and under house arrest.
It is a privilege to get to know, work with and learn from such amazing survivors. It is humbling to see our Bosnian friends transform from being in emotional and physical pain to feeling more at peace, confident, outgoing, calm, hopeful, able to sleep and more comfortable.
Case study, ‘Bilal’: Bilal was angry. A memorial to all the people in his town who had been killed in Concentration Camps had recently been unveiled and he was shocked to see it clearly showed someone he loved and, 20 years later, was still grieving for. Seeing the pictures had brought back distressing memories for Bilal and other people in the group. Bilal liked how easy it is to use the techniques and, at the last group session, he walked up and down the room demonstrating how he can now go past the memorial. Bilal said,
“I was angry and I couldn’t look, but now, I put my hand on my heart [use the breathing technique], I hold my head up and I feel proud”
Case study, ‘Ajla’: On the first day, Ajla was in so much pain she was unable to sit on a chair instead, leaning against a wall with legs outstretched. She was startled and upset when someone knocked on the door as the sound triggered a response to past events. She had survived house arrest, beatings and the horrors of ‘rape camps’. She said that, ‘Nothing had been the same since that day’. By the middle of the second week, Ajla shared that she had no pain, she looked younger and told us she had slept well. After using the techniques again she said,
“I would like to send love to all the people who did these things. If we send love, then maybe they won’t do them any more.”
In the final group session, Alja sat on a chair with ease for three hours and laughed and joked with others in the group.
Helping more: With your help, we will return next year and train local people to help others like Bilal and Ajla. They will learn how to share the techniques and how to lead and support groups in their own communities throughout the year.
We are currently working in Bosnia & Herzegovina with the British Charity, Healing Hands Network .We are thankful to HHN whose wonderful support has enabled us to build the ‘Heart Resilience Project’ with their clients and reach so many people in communities in and around Sarajevo.
Matrix Reimprinting EFT Summit. We are delighted to have been chosen as the organisation to receive donation of 10% of sales from the Matrix Reimprinting Summit 2015, online now. Much thanks to Dr Craig Weiner and Alina Frank, organisers and hosts of the summit.