Hassan Ahmed: 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.
Makiba Clarke: 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.
Mary Olushoto: 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.
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.
Jamie Anthony: 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!
John Hopkins: I am a Law and Public Policy graduate with 15 years’ experience in the health and social care field. My career started in community support services for Adults with Learning Disabilities and I have subsequently set up projects for Young Adult Carers and for Adults with Autism. Prior to this role, I was the Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager at Time and Talents. I look forward to contributing to Southwark’s community strength through this exciting new service.
Fiona Williams: I previously worked as a primary school teaching assistant and I have a mental health first aid qualification. I studied BSc Psychology, which included a year’s study abroad in America. I have a passion for helping others and an interest in Social Psychology and Couples Counselling Psychology. I enjoy crocheting, travelling, cooking and listening to music.
Georgia Franklin: 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.
Kezia Hutton-Wood: 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.
Amy Mauger: 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.
Okema Shields (on maternity leave): I was born in Jamaica, I grew up in Birmingham and I moved to London for work. I am family oriented, I love visiting new places, cooking healthy recipes with my partner, listening to music and dancing. My background is Health and Psychology. I am passionate about holistic wellbeing because I am living with a disability and chronic pain, hence why I am an advocate for helping others fulfil their health and wellbeing goals.