Sanja Djeric Kane, Director
Sanja has over 13 years of experience working for the local voluntary sector and local authority. She has supported refugees and asylum seekers in Kingston as a volunteer, ESOL tutor, development worker and a manager. In her last role, Sanja worked for Kingston Voluntary Action as a Training and Sustainability manager for four and a half years managing large Big Lottery projects and during that time formed strong connections with local voluntary and community organisations
Dominique Revell, Advice Worker
Dominique joined RAK in April 2000 as an administrator. She soon developed an interest in advice work and has been working as an RAK Caseworker for the last 10 years. Dominique is a regulated OISC advisor at Immigration Level 1 and gives advice on Immigration, Benefits, Housing, Utilities and more. Dominique is fluent in French and English.
Healah Riazi, Renewed Prospects Coordinator
Healah joined RAK as a volunteer English tutor in September 2010 and has since become part of the staff team working with the Crisis Support Team offering advice and coordinating the Learning Centre activities. Healah is a regulated OISC Adviser at level 1 and gives advice in Immigration, Housing, Benefits and more. Prior to working for RAK, Healah was involved with research and support projects providing guidance to vulnerable groups including victims of sexual and domestic violence and refugees and asylum seekers. Healah is fluent in Farsi and English.
Yvette, Information Advice and Guidance Officer
Yvette joined RAK in September 2013 as an Advice, Guidance and Information Officer. Yvette has an NVQ Level 3, specialising in work with refugees, asylum seekers and other new arrivals to the UK and many years of experience in advising this group of clients into employment, training and volunteering opportunities. She has predominantly worked in the not for profit sector, 5 years for Refugee Council as a New Start tutor, for the Creekside Development Project, Target3 and London Probation Trust.
Jenny Arokiasamy, Centre for Resilience and Engagement Manager
Having worked in Adult Education for 20 years teaching and managing the ESOL and Basic Skills programme, Jenny's role at RAK is to oversee the development of activities at the learning centre and the time bank. In her previous roles she worked as Information, Advice and Guidance Manager supporting young families in Merton. Jenny speaks Italian and is keen to learn other languages.
Kaaren Morris, Timebank Coordinator
Kaaren joined RAK in November 2015.Kaaren has 9 years’ experience of setting up time banks and supporting time bank networks across the UK, she also has 20 years’ experience of working within the housing & Homelessness sector. In addition to RAK she works part- time for TBUK the National Timebanking Umbrella Organisation as a Regional Network Manager in London. She loves travelling and is passionate about peer support projects and connecting people to share their skills.
Fiona Boult, Trainee Advice Worker
Fiona Boult started volunteering with RAK in February 2014 and joined the staff team in May as a Trainee Advice Worker. She is a qualified Solicitor and has worked in London and Tokyo. Fiona speaks English and Japanese and has started learning Korean
Heike Gesierich-Betts, Healthy and Active Living Co-ordinator
Having volunteered for RAK as an ESOL tutor (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for 5 years, Heike joined the organisation as a Support Worker at the Learning Centre in 2012. Heike currently works for RAK as a Healthy and Active Living Co-ordinator but has also continued supporting the volunteer ESOL tutors with her wealth of ESOL knowledge and experience. Prior to joining RAK, Heike volunteered for other organisations that support migrants’ integration. Heike holds an MA in English Language Teaching and is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
Caroline Bassett, Playzone Manager
Caroline has a Level 3 Qualification in Childcare and has been Manager of Playzone since its founding in February 2005. She is passionate about providing our youngest clients with a safe, happy and loving place where they can play, make new friends and learn English.
Bhama, Playzone Worker
Rupika Gunawardena, Finance and Administration Officer
Rupika has been with RAK since 2012 when she started working for the organisation as a Finance and Administration officer. From 2014 Rupika took additional responsibilities for modernisation of the organisational database and collection of monitoring and evaluation data. Rupika has many years of experience in HR and Finance Administration in the voluntary and private sector. She is fluent in English and Sinhalese.