Background

The GRDP was created in 2003 to distinctly support and build on the charitable and community based activities that were developing at the Kriya Centre in Archway, North London. These activities have some roots in Sikh Dharma but their message is of relevance to the whole community and has profoundly life transforming benefits. The work includes yoga, meditation, complementary healthcare, inter faith work and education programmes which can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age or physical health.

The project now has a pool of teachers and practitioners who have worked intensively and successfully with a wide variety of people such as recovering addicts, the elderly, those with mental health problems, women who have experienced domestic violence and young people with severe emotional problems, resulting in social isolation and alienation.

Since its conception, and by the contribution of the trustees, staff and volunteers, the reach of the project has extended considerably. Our commitment to continual refinement remains strong as does our enthusiasm to deliver community based projects.

Outreach work has included the following groups:

  • 50-80+ year old men in residential care who were previously homeless with a fondness for alcohol and with some mental health issues – St. Mungo’s – Hilldrop Road
  • The homeless – Crisis Skylight
  • HIV/AIDS & immune deficiency sufferers – Terence Higgins Trust, Lighthouse London West, Body & Soul and Positively Women
  • Young adults with behavioural health & learning difficulties – Turning Point: The Grove & N7, North London International School, Christ College, Finchley Catholic High School + DANDA
  • People recovering from drug & alcohol addiction – Equinox Spectrum, St. Mungo’s Earls Court, St. Mungo’s Brent, Foundation66 Houses in Islington and Covent Garden, the Angel Project – ISIS South, DASL, Turning Point Waltham Forest, Ravenswood – Rugby House, Harbour Recovery Centre (Salvation Army Addiction Unit)
  • Mental health in-patients – Tamarind Centre – Park Royal Hospital
  • Seniors + Women’s groups – Castlehaven Community Centre + The Islington Turkish, Kurdish & Cypriot Women’s Welfare Group
  • Women recovering from alcohol addiction & domestic violence – Foundation66 – Women’s Services