MHaPP has a Core Steering Group which meets once a month
Chair – Rose Ssali (SAWN)
I am the founder of SAWN and passionate about women and families having a voice in issues concerning them and their future. I hold a Master’s Degree in English and a post graduate Certificate from Manchester Metropolitan University in Asset Based Community Approaches (working with people) and Undergraduate in Social Sciences. I also hold an ILM Award in Leadership and Management.
I have training in Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) and a counselling certificate and various related trainings. I have been working within the African communities in Greater Manchester for 15 years. My roles include advocacy, advice, and training and one to one support in various issues affecting the African community like Immigration, FGM, Domestic Violence, Parenting, Money Matters and other issues.
Secretary – Julie Boma (OBADA)
Juliet Boma is a founding member of OBADO- Older Black Africans Day Opportunities. A social worker and registered nurse with at least 15 years of experience of working with the elderly. From my experience a lot of older Africans have a number of barriers preventing them from accessing main stream services. Some of these barriers are language and cultural barriers, lack of knowledge etc. OBADO’s main aim is to empower these older black Africans in greater Manchester by promoting social inclusion and eliminating isolation and loneliness.
Treasurer - Barbara Harriet Nambuya CIA (Money Matters)
Barbara is SAWN's Money Matters Lead. Barbara worked for several years within the Microfinance Industry and has done a lot of outreach work with women's community groups. She is also a qualified teacher, accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.
Welfare - Shade Alonge-Obasuyi (Butterflies)
The Butterflies was founded in 2014 by Folashade Alonge-Obasuyi and Marcelina who are both Adults Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Providing cultural based face to face and telephone individual/group counselling and psychotherapy services for black women. Other services provided includes life coaching, mentoring and signposting. The Butterflies focuses mainly on black women providing professional services by black women to black women. The organisation comprises of qualified and experienced pool of counsellors and Psychotherapist that are all registered with the BACP and also undergoes regular supervision.
Publicity & Marketing – Ehinor Otaigbe-Amedu (Wonderfully Made Woman)
Ehinor Otaigbe, founder and CEO of Wonderfully made woman in Manchester and Ehinor Otaigbe foundation Nigeria. The Charity provides holistic support for women and girls, helping them build their confidence, so they can thrive. Though she is a Lawyer by profession, her invaluable support to the community is outstanding. Ehinor worked with British gas, and later worked at Department for works and pension (DWP).In her voluntary capacity she was the head of Women Affairs Nigeria Community Manchester (NCM), now presently the head of Family Affairs Edo Diaspora UK.
She has a Diploma in counselling and care and a diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy. She is an inspirational speaker, a Self Esteem Mentor, An Entrepreneur, Domestic Abuse Trainer, and Women & Girls Advocate.
Publicity & Marketing- Memory Nyahunzwi (Olive Pathway)
Memory Nyahunzwi is the Founder and Chief Executive of Olive Pathway a charity based in Manchester, and an Expert by Experience having survived intimate-partner domestic violence. I am holder of BSc Hons in Criminology & Forensic Psychology, an LLM in International Human Rights Law (IHRL). I am also a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), qualified in 2008 and have acquired vast knowledge and expertise having worked in various mental health settings: forensic medium-secure hospitals, acute wards, step-down units, short and long-term rehabilitation units, deaf service, in various capacities, with different service-users cohorts diagnosed with different mental health disorders. Olive Pathway a partner member to MHAPP; provides Specialist Support Services, person-centred to victims and survivors of domestic abuse within BAME communities; referred through MHAPP referral pathway, social services, GP surgeries and from faith communities.
Our services includes assessment, advocacy, outreach support, emotional support, one to one specialist sessions, immigration and court appearance support, sign-posting, empowerment and awareness training. I have a great passion for Human Rights, Diversity, Equality and Social and Economic Justice and I believe everyone is entitled to the fundamental human rights regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, marital status, culture, disability.
The Dorcas project promotes vocational skills of Black/African women in Greater Manchester by providing learning and sharing opportunities to engage them in activities that they enjoy and can use to create jobs, socialise and feel empowered.
Contact: Jovani Mutoni
Transforming the mind… Cultural Based Counselling life coaching and psycho- therapy
Contact: Shade Alonge-Obasuyi
Caring and Sharing help promote Equality and Diversity by befriending women, youth, the elderly and the community, and help make a positive difference to their lives.
Contact : Nicky Ignla
Unity School Support for African Families (USSAF) mentors African parents about the UK school curriculum and supporting children with school work.