25/03/2021 - Published by


The Peace Foundations peer to peer support service for people who have experienced terrorism promotes a series of events hosted by experts and partner organisations who meet with victims and survivors to explore a range of topics.

Recovering and coping after such terrorist incidents needs a range of specialist support. This week the Peace Foundation in partnership with Pulse Health Training ran a session looking at three topics: sleep, nutrition, and physical activity.

The event, staged online, was well received, and involved expert input, active conversation amongst the group, as well as providing a range of hints and tips, as well as busting some myths around some diet and exercise fads!

The session was coordinated by Paul Corless who is a health and wellbeing practitioner with a specialist interest in cardiac and cancer rehabilitation.

The Peace Foundation welcomed a range of experts including Dr Lizzy Deery (Exercise for health)  a lecturer in clinical exercise physiology with a particular interest in lifestyle related diseases. Lizzy holds a PhD in Occupational Sedentary Behaviour and Health, and other areas of research include the prevention, treatment, and management of chronic illness through physical activity.

Dr Tom Butler (Nutrition for health) is a senior lecturer in Nutrition and Health at Edge Hill University. He is also the scientific officer for the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and council member of the British Dietetic Association Public Health Nutrition Specialist Group.

Dr Saagar Patel (Sleep for health) is Consultant and Head of Acute Medicine with a specialist interest in sleep studies. Saagar works with professional sports teams such as Warrington Wolves, Reading football club and England RUFC during their journey to the 2019 world cup. He educates the teams on perfect sleep and how it affects performance.

This session is one of a number covering subject as diverse as public relations, legal advice, and establishing in memorium organisations such as charities.

This service is free and confidential and available to all people in the United Kingdom who have experienced terrorism at home or abroad as a direct victim, survivor, or direct witness, or within immediate family or friendship group.

It offers access to a network managed by the Peace Foundation and a series of events and specialised interventions that bring together people with shared experiences to support each other.

The support will look at what people who have experienced terrorism have in common, allow access to others who may have been through similar circumstances and aims to assist people to cope and, where possible recover.

Events for 2021 and 2022 are being scheduled and please contact support@peace-foundation.org.uk to find out more.

The Peace Foundation terrorism victims Peer-to-Peer Support Service is part funded by the Home Office Victims of Terrorism Unit and is a partnership with the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Victim Support and Cruse Bereavement. Victims of the Northern Ireland Troubles are able to access extended health, wellbeing and welfare support funded by the Northern Ireland Victims and Survivors Service and the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB)