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Kathryn Dombrowicz - Director

Kathryn Dombrowicz
Director

I was born and raised in Ireland and briefly explored some other countries before settling in London several years ago.  I initially worked in the leisure and commercial sectors before retraining in the mind sciences and I entered the therapeutic world some 15 years ago as an Assistant Psychologist.  Since then I have worked in, and managed, specialist centres which support adults and young people with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders and body image.  I continued to train during this time and I am an experienced practitioner of a range of therapeutic models, most recently qualifying as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist.

 

I joined River House in 2009 as Director of the service and my role includes managing all aspects of the centre - operational, financial and strategic (in conjunction with the Board of Trustees). I feel privileged to work at River House as I am continuously inspired and enthused by our members.

 

I am a member of the Central & West London Sexual Health Providers' Forum - HIV Section.

I am also a member of the Board of Forum Link.

 

 

Raj Satra - Support & Development Worker

Raj Satra
Support & Development Worker

I was awarded an honours degree in Biotechnology from the University of Wales. Following this I developed a keen interest in HIV and in the wellbeing of people affected by HIV. I worked in the private and public sectors for many years, within different industries, before taking a position in the HIV sector seven years ago. Since this time, I have worked as a Support & Development worker at River House.

 

My role involves providing advice, information and support to service users. This can include emotional and practical support, as well as sexual health information for people irrespective of whether they are newly diagnosed or if they have lived long-term with HIV.

 

 

Guillermo Llorca-Diaz - Support & Development Worker

 

Guillermo Llorca-Díaz
Support & Development Worker

I am originally from Spain. I studied Sociology, specialising in Social Psychology. I have volunteered and worked in the charity sector with different client groups including people with disabilities, refugees and LGBT people. I have several years’ experience in mental health, particularly in mental health advocacy. In that role I worked for different organisations coordinating projects and supporting clients with mental health problems to represent themselves, secure their rights and access services. I have experience providing training and facilitating groups. I also have my own art practice.

 

I joined River House in January 2014. In my current role I provide advice, information and support to clients, with an emphasis on empowerment. This support can be practical as well as emotional. I coordinate the group activities at River House and facilitate the Art Studio.

 

In September 2016 I started my training in Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy.

 

Precious Kildare - Social Work Student

Precious Kildare
Social Worker 

Hello, my name is Precious. I was born in London and I graduated, as a mature student, from University as a qualified social worker. I was very fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to carry out my final work placement at River House, where I gained a great knowledge and further understanding of HIV. I am truly grateful to the staff and members at River House for supporting me through my last year of University. I enjoy working with people and I aim to continue to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I am delighted to be employed at River House now as a member of the team.

 

 

Paul Grainger
Operations Worker

Originally from the North East of England I have lived in London for most of my adult life.

 

Initially I worked in finance and accounts for small to medium sized businesses . In 2002 I retrained as a Massage Therapist and have worked in the massage & bodywork sector since then as a Therapist, Teacher, and Assessor. During this time spent 2 years volunteering as a therapist for a HIV charity in South London. I spent 4 years as Chair on the Board of a massage professional association / awarding body.

I joined River House in 2015. My role at River House involves a wide variety of duties including taking care of the finances and the day to day running of the centre.

 

We all work together as a team and I'm delighted to be part of an organisation and community that makes a difference to people's lives.

 

 

 

Sebastian - Chef

Sebastian Wagenknecht
Chef

Hi, I am originally from Austria and have travelled to many countries before settling down in the UK as a professional Chef.

 

Following a previous long term career with Gulf Air Bahrain as an in-flight Sky Chef/Catering Manager I have been recently accepted as a new team member at River House Trust.

 

My culinary skills will give an extra boost for all the members who wish to have lunch in River House.

 

Furthermore, I am always willing to give an extra hand to any members of staff in order to run a smooth operation of the centre.

 

 

Nana Sarpong - Kitchen Assistant

Nana Sarpong
Kitchen Assistant

I have worked as a Kitchen Assistant and/or domestic for several years in the commercial, retail and social care sectors before joining River House in 2007. My role includes working with the Chef to prepare and serve a variety of fresh and wholesome foods. I love working at River House because I enjoy being with the service users and the staff.