Providing high quality, low-cost homeopathy services to marginalised groups in the Sussex area
HISC was formed in 2011 and has established effective partnerships with organisations that support those in need. Our projects include working with domestic and sexual violence charities as well as supporting people recovering from long term and enduring mental health illness issues. Our projects enable vulnerable and marginalised members of the Sussex community to access low cost treatment with highly experienced homeopaths.
PRESTON PARK MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY SERVICE
The Preston Park drop-in provides personalised support to people with mental health needs. Since 2010, HISC has offered a homeopathy clinic on site, initially with the NHS and more recently with the Southdowns Housing Association.
Demand for the clinic has been high from the start, at times operating with a waiting list. Evidence and testimonials collected from patients and staff show that we achieve results for our clients here.
RISE - FREEDOM FROM DOMESTIC ABUSE
Since 2012, HISC has worked in partnership with RISE to provide a homeopathy service to women and children affected by domestic abuse. Our weekly clinic at the charity's centre has become an established part of the services offered to their clients.
Complementary therapies may be able to help people affected by the trauma of domestic abuse by reducing stress and providing a safe place to talk and be listened to. Homeopathy sessions are offered at very low cost, helping to empower women emotionally and psychologically to move on with their lives.
The homeopathy service was introduced at the request of RISE clients and has consistently seen very high demand with clinics usually running to capacity.
Here's what some of our clients have said:
'Excellent service, highly recommend. More women and families at RISE could benefit.'
'I am very grateful that you offer this service...it makes all the difference.'
HISC has worked in partnership with Survivors’ Network, the Sussex Rape Crisis Center, to provide a homeopathy service to adults (18yrs +) who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault at any point in their lives. The clinics run three times a month and are usually at full capacity.
The homeopathy project started in 2018 and has proved popular amongst service users at Survivors’ Network who report that homeopathy is a supportive therapy alongside other services provided by the charity. Staff members have also welcomed the homeopathy service as they are able to refer people who are on waiting lists for other services or those who are suffering physical, mental or emotional health issues and would like to access a complementary healthcare option.
The homeopathy sessions are offered at very low cost, helping to empower people emotionally and psychologically to move on with their lives.
SAFE IN SUSSEX
In 2017, HISC was invited to work with Safe in Sussex at their refuges for individuals and families affected by domestic abuse. In 2018, HISC piloted a homeopathy service in their West Sussex refuges; this includes a new style of refuge, based on a Dutch model, sited in the community rather than at a hidden location. It aims at early intervention, respite and support before the abuse has escalated.
MEET THE TEAM
Caroline is one of the founder members of HISC, she qualified as a homeopath in 1996 and runs private practices in Brighton and London. Her role as HISC's project co-ordinator involves establishing successful partnerships with local organisations, enabling the delivery of homeopathic services to a range of marginalised groups.
Caroline has a long standing commitment to bringing homeopathy to those who need it most. This began with practising homeopathy in prisons and children's centres, both in the UK and abroad. Before training as a homeopath, Caroline worked in IT and training in the insurance industry.
SHARON MORRIS - TRUSTEE
Sharon Morris qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1987 and as a Midwife in 1989 and worked for the NHS for over 19 years. She qualified as a Homeopath in 2007 and has run a busy practice in Brighton ever since. Sharon has been involved with HISC since the outset, initially as Secretary and from 2013 as Chair.
MARY BALDOCK - TRUSTEE
Mary has dedicated much of her career to supporting those in need, she is currently working part-time with the Peer Services Team for PAC-UK/Adoption UK, as a Parent Consultant and Service Co-ordinator. Other roles have seen her working for charities including Age UK, Macmillan, Welfare Benefits Partnership, Brighton Women's Centre, Tomorrow's People and Sure Start.
Mary has had an active interest in homeopathy for many years.
JO MAGOWAN - TRUSTEE
Jo joined HISC’s board of Trustees in 2018 as Communications Advisor. She is a recently qualified homeopath and runs a busy practice in Lewes. Before training as a homeopath, Jo worked as a communications specialist for several high-profile charities, campaigning for human rights, peace and the environment.
JACKIE SMITH - TRUSTEE
Jackie joined HISC as a Trustee in 2014. She spent many years working in finance and accounting in the hospitality industry and has worked as treasurer for a number of local community groups.
Hilery joined HISC's board of Trustees in 2019, bringing over 35 years of experience in natural healthcare. She is qualified in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and homeopathy. On top of running her practice in Surrey, Hilery also has a busy teaching schedule, sharing her knowledge with other homeopaths around the world.
Therese qualified as a homeopath in 2008 and runs a busy private practice in Shoreham. She joined HISC in September 2012 and is involved in several projects.
Therese helped set up the homeopathy pilot project at Rise treating women, children and LGBT people affected by domestic abuse. She finds this work extremely rewarding and fully supports Rise's vision: Freedom from Domestic Abuse: Don't accept it. Don't expect it. Don't ignore it.
Therese also joined the Homeopathy service at the Mental Health Recovery Services at Southdown Housing Trust in 2013 for a year. And since 2017 she has been involved in piloting and supervising HISC’s project with Safe in Sussex.
MICHAEL J. BIRD
Michael has been a homeopath since 2011. After qualifying Michael initially practised at two clinics in London, and has since relocated his practice to Brighton & Hove. He joined HISC in 2016 running weekly clinics at Preston Park mental health recovery centre. In 2017, Michael introduced a clinical observation project to share experience with student homeopaths.
Before becoming a homeopath, Michael worked as a fitness instructor, lecturer and care manager. He has vast experience of working with children and young adults with additional needs, and has gained a high level of communication in British Sign Language.
The former Chair of HISC (2011-13), Tara has been working as a homeopath since qualifying in 2006. She also practices reflexology and aromatherapy. As well as running a busy holistic health practice, she is also involved in several organisations helping local people improve their physical, emotional and mental health. In her previous career, Tara has worked in communications, PR, office management and cyber-security.
Lotte is a dentist and joined the team in 2019. She is a long standing member of the High Dene dental practice in Henfield. She is a member of the Faculty of Homeopathy, the British Homeopathic Dental Association and also has a Licenciate from South Downs School of Homeopathy. Lotte is an enthusiastic supporter of community homeopathy projects.
HOMEOPATHY - OFFERING SUPPORT IN DARK TIMES
25 November, 2020
Today is the UN Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It also marks the start of 16 Days of Action, a UK-wide campaign to raise awareness and find real and lasting solutions to allow women to live without fear of violence or abuse. Here in Sussex, homeopathic support, provided by local organisation Homeopathy in the Sussex Community (HISC), is proving to be a lifeline for many women experiencing the brutal effects of abuse.
HISC is very grateful for funding from the following organisations who support us in our aim to bring homeopathic treatment to marginalised people. We also rely on personal donations so please consider of our donate buttons if you would like to help keep our projects running.