SLV is a voluntary organisation which started in 2010. The brainchild of Lucy Nightingale, a psychology graduate from the University of Manchester and Yasintha Rathnayake, a youth worker in Sri Lanka. SLV runs projects to help the local community while simultaneously helping students and graduates to gain valuable experience in a totally different culture. I’ll be loaning my skills to this organisation and am really looking forward to getting stuck in to a new culture. I’m fundraising, as I’ll be joining SLV in Sri Lanka for 5 weeks from August to September on the Psychology placement.
I will be working with individuals who suffer with mental issues in Sri Lanka. I’ll be running activities for patients and using sensory, music and creative therapies to engage with patients on a variety of wards in multiple institutions. I’ll be attending workshops run by Samutthana, the King’s College London resource centre for trauma, displacement and mental health. The main aim of Samutthana is to train and support organisations and individuals to respond to the psychosocial needs of trauma sufferers i.e. tsunami survivors and those who have experienced civil-conflict in Sri Lanka.
In addition to these projects I’ll also be working with individuals with special needs and teaching English to children and to young people on vocational courses. I’ll be using my skills to work with those who may be marginalized in Sri Lankan society. I’ll be living with other volunteers and with a Sri Lanka family as well.