The Helios Trust is a registered charity
The Helios Trust was set up in 1995 to provide a secure long-term foundation for an holistic approach to the treatment of illness in response to the future needs of the Helios Medical Centre in Bristol. It comprises the Helios Therapy Group and the Helios National Health Service Practice and is housed in a building provided and maintained by the Trust. The Centre is one of six in the United Kingdom operating partly within the NHS offering anthroposophical treatments which combine mainstream and other remedies as well as a range of therapies specific to the Anthroposophical approach.
The Helios Trust is responsible for the work at the Therapeutic Centre which lies outside the NHS. Therapies, such as artistic and movement therapies, massage and counselling
The Helios Medical Centre is a healing community in which doctors, therapists, helpers and patients are partners in promoting good health and responding to the suffering caused by illness.
Staff at the Centre work closely with the five other similar practices in different parts of the country. The work of these practices has been evaluated by a research team under the guidance of Yvonne Carter, Professor of General Practice at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Copies of the report can be viewed at the Helios Medical Centre. A summary leaflet is also available.
The Trust helps the Helios Medical Centre by
- Supporting medical and therapeutic services at the medical centre that are not provided by the NHS
- Providing and maintaining the medical centre building
The Trusts principal aim is to improve the physical and mental health of all patients using the medical centre by
- Supporting the use of anthroposophical medicines and therapeutic techniques, such as art therapy, counselling and eurythmy (movement therapy), massage.
- Establishing and promoting workshops, study groups and self help groups at the Centre for sufferers of various physical and mental illnesses.
In addition the Trust
- Establishes and maintains bursary funds to ensure that no patient is denied medical or therapeutic benefit as a result of financial impoverishment.
- Expands links with other medical institutions offering care to patients suffering from chronic illnesses.
- Ensures that all patients receive treatment irrespective of financial circumstance, gender or race.