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.
Hi, my name is Naomi, and I am a Social Work student at the University of West London. As a second-year undergraduate, I have been given the opportunity to work at River House for 70 days as part of my work placement. Having been part of the team since January, I have not only gained in-depth knowledge about HIV, but I truly understand the importance of providing support that will empower service users to live much healthier and more positive lives. As a passionate individual who seeks to promote human rights, social justice, equality, and diversity, I look forward to integrating my theoretical knowledge into practice whilst I strive to make a positive difference.
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 run the short-walks project and raise small grants for our members in need. I also provide practical and emotional support.
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 17 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.
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.