Introducing our staff team, who lead on some of the services we provide.
I now have a new job role at River House Trust which is coordinating the Homeshare Project. The project carefully matches individuals who need some help and companionship to live independently with individuals who need accommodation and are willing to provide support and companionship.
I am originally from Spain. I studied Sociology, specialising in Social Psychology and I hold a Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy. 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 group activities at River House, facilitate the Art Studio and provide Sex and Relationship Therapy.
Hi my name is Fiona I was born and grew up in East London. I graduated from the University of Reading in 2010 as a Social Worker and have been working with people living with HIV ever since. I joined River House in August 2018 after a merger with The Cara Trust. At River House I am a case worker specialising in housing, I also run the women’s group and facilitate the running of the River House food bank, provide information and emotional and practical support. I sincerely enjoy working with the service users here and making a difference.
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 here as Cook includes selecting, preparing and serving a variety of fresh and wholesome foods every day. I love working at River House because I enjoy being with the service users and the staff.
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. Since this time, I have worked in the sector for over 13 years 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.
I am also a Board Trustee of Forum Link.
My name is Elijah Whanya, born and partially raised in Zimbabwe. I studied Physics , Media studies and Business for my A’ levels. I am currently in my second year studying Social work at the University of West London. As a social work student it is an opportunity to experience social work first- hand through placement at River House. Being from a country with one of the highest HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa, working with River House will help me augment my knowledge, and develop the necessary tools needed to support individuals who are living with HIV.
Chris has a Master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Management from City University. He was previously director at Staffordshire Buddies and Cara Trust, and Health Promotion Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust South. He served on the Government’s Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV from its formation in 2003 and as Chair of Central West London Sexual Health and HIV Forum from 2010 – 2012. He is also a Trustee of Wandsworth Oasis. In his spare time he likes nothing better than remote Scottish beaches and mountains.