Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile – Surviving violence, creating hope, rebuilding lives


Liz Bodycote

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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (volunteer)

A few words about me

I first met Baobab when I was working in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the NHS. I felt that the young people I saw in foster care who had left dangers in their home countries and travelled without family to seek asylum in the UK needed a place where their traumas and strengths might be more fully understood. Meeting some of the inspirational staff from Baobab on a training afternoon, pointed me in the direction of such a community, and I felt privileged to be able to join as a clinical volunteer in October 2022.

What does your role at Baobab involve?

Holding a regular time and place, free from intrusion, in which an individual Baobab young person may communicate what is on their mind, or why it may be difficult to do this. Learning from the young people I meet in different Baobab settings.

What is your desert island book or music?

The complete works of U2.

What 3 words would you use to describe Baobab?

Welcoming. Tenacious. Kind.