Kash is a volunteer and Sophy is a recovery navigator.
My overall plan is that in 2 years I’ll start a charity in Birmingham working with the community I came from. Given my life experience, I was hoping to work with the big heroin problem in the Asian community. I decided I’d spend 2 years gathering information, just being eyes and ears. After lots of searching I found Nilaari, did an interview and started volunteering. Over the months I’ve realised that Nilaari’s vision is pretty close to what I want to achieve.
Then, because of current affairs, plus my own experience so far, I decided that maybe I can be more effective in helping to deal with pre-radicalisation and radicalisation – basically counter terrorism, as this is also very prevalent in my community. So I’m researching as much as I can. I’m now working a day a week with a large London charity called Active Change Foundation.
At Nilaari I co-run the Grounded group, an 8 week course working with men dealing with issues around identity in today’s society.
Before I started at Nilaari I worked for IT Schools for Africa, a national computer charity based in Cheltenham.They collect donated computers from large companies, schools etc, re-furbish them and send them to deprived schools throughout Africa.
In my first week at Nilaari I’ve been warmly welcomed and already feel at home. Even in this short time I’ve already got the feel of the person-centered approach to supporting individuals that each member of the Nilaari team offers. The fact the team is one of the most diverse I’ve ever worked with is proof that Nilaari lives up to what it says on paper.
I had come across Nilaari before and always admired how they worked, especially with BAME communities, without either partiality or bias. I feel very honoured and privileged to now consider myself a Nilaari insider.
My background is in anthropology and theology and I have a passion for social justice and equal opportunities for all. I have worked in sustainable development, homelessness, housing and pastoral work and I look forward to learn, grow and serve as the new Bristol South based Recovery Navigator at Nilaari.