Annabel is a theatre maker and drama facilitator who has worked in arts for social change for over 15 years. She co-founded and created the award winning Amies Project for female survivors of trafficking and the Future group for unaccompanied minors for Pan Intercultural Arts. She has worked internationally in the Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana with Liberian refugees and in safe houses for women in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Annabel has used group methods with many different women at many different organisations all over the world. She has also completed foundation training at the Institute of Group Analysis. Most recently, she is collaborating with Feedback Theatre on a new group for survivors of trafficking, called the Luna Project. She is the mother of two small boys.
Catherine is a writer and refugee support worker who worked with Annabel at The Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. She has an MA in Refugee Care, from The Tavistock Clinic and The Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees. She has volunteered at the Red Cross Refugee Unit in Islington, Save the Children and Room to Heal, providing advocacy, casework and befriending to survivors of human rights abuses. She supports Annabel during the workshops, is the safeguarding lead for the community and is also involved in the future development of the organisation. She has three daughters, including identical twins.
Joy has lived experience as an asylum seeker and is currently completing a professional childminding course while she runs our busy creche. She has a natural affinity with little kids and lots of experience, including running messy play sessions for the Salvation Army. Joy is looking forward to qualifying so she can carry on her career as a professional childminder.
Patricia provides valuable peer support during the sessions as she has lived experience as a refugee in this country, but now has Leave to Remain. She supports Annabel during the sessions and as a mother of 4 children herself, is hugely welcoming to all the women who come.
Susanna was born and brought up in India. Originally a teacher for children with learning difficulties, she then volunteered for Freedom from Torture for 18 years. She also has a Diploma in Refugee Studies. When she is not supporting us at MamaSuze, she loves to spend time with her 5 grandchildren.
Adaze is Head of Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation. She loves music and runs Ruby Sings, a regular night at Ronnie Scotts that showcases new music talent. She is also a practising music lawyer. Adaze has a newborn daughter.