CORE TEAM The core team is responsible for the day-to-day running of Dost and provision of our wide-ranging services for young refugees and migrants.
Helena Kaliniecka, Service Manager
Helena is a trained Clinical Psychologist who works across Newham CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and Dost. She has worked with children and young people in a variety of capacities in community, charity and NHS organisations in the UK and Kenya for over 10 years, with a specialist focus in community psychology and mental health. Helena holds a Practitioner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has specialist training in Narrative Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapy and KIDNET (Narrative Exposure Therapy). At Dost, Helena is responsible for the day to day management of the Dost staff team and resources, supporting the team in providing high quality psychosocial support and ensuring Dost’s work continues to be needs led, child-centred and relationship-based.
Swaliha Bax, Psychosocial Worker
Swaliha has been working with separated refugee children for more than three years. She began at the Refugee Council Children’s Section, where she continues to volunteer. At Dost, Swaliha works with children and young care leavers aged 16-25 who are asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. She provides tailored practical advice and emotional support in a range of areas and ensures care leavers understand their statutory rights. Swaliha holds a BA Hons in International Politics and a Postgraduate diploma in IAPT CBT for Children and Young People.
Lizette Villaverde, Specialist Care Leaver Caseworker
Lizette is a qualified social worker who has been working with children, young adults and families for over nine years in a variety of settings and countries. Five years ago, Lizette started her work with unaccompanied asylum seeking minors in a Local Authority Asylum and Leaving Care Team where she continues to work part-time. At Dost, Lizette works with children and young care leavers aged 16-25 who are asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. She ensures that each individual is kept informed of their rights and entitlements and that care leavers are being appropriately supported under the Leaving Care Act. Lizette also provides emotional support and specific advice to best meet the needs of each individual. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) with an interest in child welfare and is also TEFL certified.
Giulia Gosi, Caseworker
Giulia has worked with refugees, unaccompanied asylum-seekers, undocumented migrants and immigration detainees in both Italy and the UK. She has worked with various charities such as Hackney Migrant Centre, where she still helps to coordinate a campaigning group. At Dost, she works with young refugees and migrants aged 11-25, enabling them to understand and access their rights and entitlements, including access to legal representation, social services support, education, and housing. She provides advice and advocacy as well as emotional support through the immigration process and facilitates referral to specialist services. Giulia holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters in Migration Studies.
Marian Spiers, Youth Work Programme Manager
Marian has 30 years experience of working with children and young people in a variety of backgrounds and in many different countries. Previous roles have included Young People’s Substance Misuse Worker, Sexual Health Worker, CAMHS Youth Worker, Generic Centre Based Youth Worker, Outreach and Detached Worker, Young Farmers Youth Worker and E2E (Entry to Education) Tutor and Group Leader in Children’s Activity Centres. At Dost, Marian plans, devises and implements the Youth Programme for 13 to 19 year olds, runs the weekly Youth Clubs and residential trips and supervises the sessional staff and volunteers.
Our youth workers are sessional staff, who help to support the delivery of our youth work programme, working closely with Programme Manager Marian Spiers.
Tom Antebi, Sessional Youth Worker
Tom has three years’ experience working as a Behaviour Mentor and Key Worker at Secondary Schools in Tower Hamlets and is currently completing his qualification in Youth and Community Work. He has worked with Social Workers in Nasik City, India, on livelihood building projects for migrant labourers around the area and has also participated in outreach work in Newham, educating young people on their legal rights around Stop and Search powers. Tom’s main areas of interest in working with young people are around food, sport and healthy living, languages, music (particularly percussion and drumming) and informal education.
Malte Gembus, Sessional Youth Worker
Malte studied Community and Youth Work at Goldsmiths University and has worked with young people in various locations across London. Prior to joining Dost, he worked with young people living in extreme poverty in Guatemala-City. Malte currently also works with a weekly youth group in Croydon and is working on a befriending project for young refugees in North London.
VOLUNTEERS We are indebted to all of our volunteers for the work they do in helping us support our young people. Our current volunteers include:
Elhum Shakerifar, Shamser Sinha, Richard Shittu, Saad T Butt
All Dost staff and youth programme volunteers are fully trained in Safeguarding & Child Protection, as well as relevant specialisms in youth work, education, mental health, asylum and immigration law and policy.
DOST CENTRE ADVISORY GROUP
The Advisory group is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the Dost Centre in helping it to fundraise, prioritise and become sustainable, in exploring and examining examples of best practice relevant to a project of this nature, act as a sounding board for the Service Manager, and make suggestions and recommendations for Trinity Centre’s Board of Trustees.
The group members are:
Kevin Blowe, Coordinator, Community Involvement Unit Aston-Mansfield and Trinity Centre Trustee (Treasurer)
Bill Bolloten, Independent Education Consultant and Trainer Andrew Cooper, Professor of Social Work, Tavistock Centre and University of East London and Director of the Centre for Social Work Practice
Yesim Deveci, Dost Founder/former Director
Rosie Ferguson, Chief Executive, London Youth Terry Hitchcock, Treasurer, Independent Age and Chair, Groundswell
Isky Osman, Chief Executive, Trinity Centre
James Ramsey, Reverend of St Barnabas Church and Trinity Centre Trustee (Chair)