Mary OlushotoTeam leader
Prior to this role, I was a Wellbeing Practitioner at Merton Uplift. My duties and responsibility collectively underpinned the mobilisation of an innovative wellbeing primary care service within IAPT. This included facilitating high quality group based psychosocial interventions, coproduction sessions and community outreach. I have a strong passion for assisting individuals in any way possible. My passion stems from personal & professional experiences, which underpin my belief that we all need help at some point in our lives.
Georgia FranklinTeam leader
I am a psychology graduate with several years’ experience in health and social care. I previously worked at Alzheimer’s Society as a dementia adviser and supported adults with a personality disorder diagnosis for an NHS trust. I am passionate about the importance of fostering community connectivity to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, cycling and spending time in nature.
My passion for supporting people with their health and wellbeing was ignited whilst undertaking a Public Health module during my undergraduate studies in Nutrition Science. I decided to expand my knowledge further through a postgraduate degree. My past experience includes delivering lifestyle change interventions to individuals living with long-term conditions and supporting socially isolated older adults to re-engage with the community. Besides my knowledge and experience, my empathetic nature is an extremely valuable component within my work.
After many years of customer care in the beauty industry, I went on to train and develop young adults in the Life Long Learning sector. Here I found my passion for information, advice & guidance and mental wellbeing: I studied both.
Being involved in the community is second nature to me. I’ve volunteered at a charity supporting the homeless into employment and as a Gateway Assessor with Citizens Advice. My love for listening and sharing experiences have brought me to social prescribing. I believe that talking is the best way to empower yourself
I previously worked at a St Mungo’s hostel supporting people experiencing homelessness alongside a variety of complex needs. This role gave me a deeper insight into how social, economic and environmental factors can impact on people’s health and I am passionate about tackling this. In the past, I have spent time volunteering with vulnerable people in a variety of contexts and across different countries which has developed my desire to support individuals to connect with the groups and activities that their local communities have to offer.
I have a background in mental health and housing support with Sanctuary Housing. Previous to this I worked as a youth worker facilitating art sessions. I enjoy working with people to empower and inspire them to live a good quality of life, and to be creative! In my spare time I like making and listening to music, cooking with friends and pottering about the house. .
Rosina Jane Garner
Following art college, most of my working life has been with the NHS providing Occupational Therapy services to Community Learning Disabilities Teams across Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham. I retired in 2017 and have spent the last two years trying different things, spending time with friends and family, caring for elderly parents, tending my allotment and doing voluntary work. I took up yoga, started singing lessons and explored various courses including story telling, painting and pottery.
I have recently graduated from MSc health psychology and have previous experience working in health and social care. I have supported a variety of patients with different care, mental health, and emotional needs. Through this I became passionate about helping individuals to improve their wellbeing and quality of life using a holistic approach. I love music, crochet and exploring new places. I’m looking forward to connecting with community services in Southwark and helping clients to make a positive change.
My name is Jamie and I recently graduated with a degree in Paramedic Science. In November 2019, I moved careers to start coaching adults with learning disabilities into meaningful employment. I really enjoyed that role and I am excited to be bringing my new skills back to the NHS. Feel free to get in touch at any point!
My name is Naomi and I am a Law LLB graduate. Whilst completing my studies, I was a volunteer at my university Legal Advice Centre and was also on placement at a local law firm specialising in housing, mental health and family disputes. I have worked for the National Citizenship Service over several years, mentoring young people and encouraging them to integrate within their local communities. Helping people to discover and access supportive services in the community, alongside motivating people to make positive life changes is really important to me.
I have previously worked in Southwark as a Reconnection Worker with St Mungo’s, helping the homeless reconnect back into their community and access local support services. Before this, I worked as a Health Lifestyle Specialist delivering NHS Health Checks and Health Trainer Programmes for Health Care Assistants. I am married with four children and am excited to be joining the social prescribing team to share my skills I have developed and look forward to supporting the community of North Southwark.
I am a Psychology and Counselling graduate. Prior to this role, I worked as a Social Inclusion Officer, supporting people with a range of mental health conditions, coupled with substance misuse, housing and benefit issues, physical ill health and isolation. I have also worked as a Community Befriending Coordinator.
I have a passion for helping and supporting people to better their quality of living. I also love singing, dancing and have recently taken up playing tennis. I am excited to be a part of the social prescribing team and look forward to making a positive contribution to both the team and the borough of Southwark.
Prior to this role, I enjoyed working in Berkshire as part of a multidisciplinary team rehabilitating young offenders. During this time, I completed a counselling skills course and developed a greater understanding of what it means to truly listen to and empathise with someone. In my spare time, I volunteer as a befriender and have previously volunteered at refugee camps in Lesvos and Calais. I am keen to utilise the skills I have learnt to support people to connect with their community and, ultimately, live happier lives.
I come from a mental health and substance misuse background, which I have been working in for the last 20 + years.
I enjoy music and watching football along with spending time with my family.
I started off with a career in international development having worked in Ethiopia, Philippines and Sierra Leone; in 2018, shortly after becoming my father’s carer, I began working for the NHS in emergency health care with St John Ambulance and more recently with the London Ambulance Service through the pandemic. I’ve always enjoyed helping people and have found it the biggest motivator in life and career thus I’m now here with QHS to work, learn and grow with their fantastic social prescribing service!
I am a carer looking after my disabled mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. We have moved recently moved to Southwark. I came to the role of Social Prescriber having been a beneficiary of the service in Lambeth.
Most of my career has been in the voluntary and community sector in development, management and fundraising. Working with and for many organisations operating locally including Cambridge House, Blackfriars Settlement, Bede House, Alzheimer’s Society and London Mutual Credit Union.