2013 – Peace of Mind was initially set up as a group to support vulnerable asylum-seeking women fleeing domestic violence and forced marriage.
2014 – The organisation grew to support individuals who are left destitute following failed asylum claims, offering a weekly drop-in for women.
2014 – Peace of Mind adopted its first constitution, becoming a constituted community organisation.
2014 – Developments in the support of refugees and asylum seekers who were also carers, in collaboration with Gateshead Carers.
2015 – Peace of Mind joined by Tyneside Refugee Sanctuary to provide support to the wider body of refugees and people seeking asylum in the North East of England.
2015 – The constitution is changed to extend our support to families and individuals.
2015 – A hardship fund for destitute and struggling refugees and asylum seekers is established.
2016 – The weekly drop-in is expanded to provide advice as well as a social space for women, men and their families.
I am Sara. I escaped a forced marriage in Pakistan and married the man that I loved. My family issued a fatwa against me. After fleeing to the UK and receiving support from wonderful women like Lucy Farley (Crossings), I was keen to support other women who were fleeing from violent situations and help them to become strong women. Peace of Mind has now evolved into a group who support all refugees and asylum seekers. I am incredibly proud to have set up such a supportive group and I hope that it continues to grow to support others in desperate situations.