Cancer & Counselling Retreat Relocation

This is a huge target but here is our story Im Joolz Raven Stewart Im a soul midwife & Therapist and I run Ravens Retreat in south Wales U.K.(find us on F.B) Its a magical place on the banks of the Tenant Canal in south Wales where we offer completely free cottage breaks, holidays and therapies for anyone with a cancer or life limiting diagnosis. We also offer counselling to veterans and anyone with mental health diagnosis. Have a celebrant service and can officiate free at funerals and weddings . When I started Ravens Retreat four years ago no one thought we could continue doing what we do as a free service. .we have been completely self funded. Its been beyond hard but unbelievably rewarding. This is our way of paying things forward. All in the memory of my best friend Donna Drewson. I drempt the idea my amazing husband Jeff built it . My plan was always to eventually expand to be able to provide more holidays & services. However in October 2018 And again this year Feb 2020 Our whole street of 29 cottages were completely devistated by storm callum then Storm Dennis. We lost everything on ground floor of the Retreat, our seperate healing cabin and also our cottage where my husband Jeff and i live. The cottages were deluged with 3ft of water and sewage. However we have an amazing community. And twice we have with help of family friends patients and the amazing support of Michael Sheen. Who has used the platform he has to speak up for us at meetings and on Itv wales news to try to get national resources wales , council to help up by providing preventative measures to stop our homes and our Retreat and Therapy cabin being flooded again. Sadly there are no plans to help. Compulsory purchasing has been mentioned and we are as a community devistated. For us at Ravens Retreat out priority is the safety of the vunerable people we help. Autumn is fast approaching so after two floods in two years & council and NRW failing to install promised flood defences we have no option other than to postpone our free holidays and breaks until March 2021 when threat of flooding has passed. Counselling and therapies will still be available in our healing cabin weather permitting. Also by telephone. We desperately need to find a property suitable to carry on our work of free holiday accommodation therapies and hopefully expand. To also enable us to provide out side workshops and natural burial ground. This is a massive ask.. But when i originally had this dream no one thought it would work. But here we are and it has . Im blessed to have worked with some amazing inspiring people calling them friends if sometimes only for a short time. I have been looking around Neath valley and surrounding areas for property with land not a huge amount something suitable to allow families to come and forget about treatments to reconnect with each other spending quality time together. We need space for our healing cabin. Somewhere big enough.for Jeff and i to live on site This could be in a static caravan . So here i am refusing to give up on Ravens Retreat. The cancer patients, mental health and veterans we provide services for . Im putting it out there to the universe. So if you can help us in any way. I thank you You can find me on facebook Ravens Retreat. If there is anyone you think we can help please pass on out detail to them . Blessings Joolz & Jeff
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Joolz Stewart 
Aberdulais, Wales, United Kingdom
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