The small, professional and dedicated staff team that work at STaSS are the most valuable asset that the organisation has. Without the passion and commitment of our staff, STaSS would not be able to deliver the effective services that it does. All of the team work part-time, and most posts are funded by the AIDS Support Grant, managed by Milton Keynes Council.
Meet The Team
Anwar – Support Worker
Anwar started as a volunteer when STaSS was founded in 2007; in 2009 he took on a part-time role covering reception, admin and IT support. In 2011 he decided to concentrate on his role as a part-time support worker. Anwar has completed Access to Health and Social Care with Milton Keynes College. Anwar is a family man with THREE beautiful girls.
Working at STaSS has inspired Anwar to change his profession as Graphic Designer to an aspiring social worker. His ambition is to work with the faith leaders in the Islamic community to raise awareness of HIV and the support available at STaSS.
Carrie Parker - Volunteer Coordinator
Carrie has undertaken a lot of voluntary work over the years. As a teenager she did her Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering in an old people’s home in Bedford, the town that she grew up in.
She then went on to spend a school summer holiday volunteering in Bromham Hospital on the out skirts of Bedford. More recently she has volunteered in two charity shops in Milton Keynes.
In January 2013 she took on her most challenging roll yet as the new Volunteer Coordinator for STaSS.
Ken O’Shea-Poon – Complementary Therapist
Ken has worked for STaSS since November 2010 and has graduated from BSc Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in London. He has his own business as a complementary therapist, supporting clients with their health needs.
Ken has previously worked as an IT trainer for a software company teaching all over the UK. His main clientele included the NHS, Police and Fire Services and Local Councils.
Ken has also worked for Milton Keynes Council as the first HIV Community Support Worker for the Hospital Social Work Department. He supported a wide range of people at various stages of their diagnosis, and achieved a better understanding of the people affected and their welfare needs. He has worked in Children Social Services for the Young Asylum Team and has also been a Tenant Support Officer within the Council housing department.
Mercy Chege – Support Worker
Mercy has completed her Degree in Social Care with International Development and now pursuing MSc in Public Health. She has been working at STaSS since 2009 and has support many clients in their social issues, she is an integral part of the support team. Mercy speaks a wide range of languages and has been very useful in communicating with the diverse client groups that STaSS supports on a regular basis.
Sharon Fossey – Support Service Coordinator
My interest in HIV started when I worked as an Auxiliary Nurse on the Respiratory ward in Milton Keynes hospital. We had patients with HIV or related conditions and I started to read up and teach myself a bit more about the illness.
I later moved into Occupational Therapy which was varied and interesting but was only for 12 months. I then saw the post advertised for a HIV support worker which I applied for and was offered the post.
I worked in the Hospital Social Work Team with a Social Worker and another support worker. During my four years in post I worked with adults, children and families who were infected or affected by HIV. I learnt a lot about how people managed with their diagnosis, the discrimination they experienced and all the other medical problems that surrounded their illness. It left me realising Milton Keynes was lacking in HIV support, especially for families and children.
I now work for Central Bedfordshire Council as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. I am a Volunteer Independent Custody Visitor, which I have been doing for three years now and enjoy. I visit Milton Keynes and Aylesbury police station and speak to the detainees and check they are being treated according to guidelines.
Tina Latifah Jones – Co-founder / Director
Tina has been in the Health and Social Care profession for over 10 years working within the private, public and the voluntary sector. She has worked on various HIV/AIDS projects in Africa, USA and in the UK. She is a qualified Social Worker and holds a Masters degree from the University of Warwick, UK.
Tina has supported and continues to support a wide range of people infected with and affected by HIV to have a better understanding of the condition. This, she hopes, will enable them to manage the condition better and enjoy life to the fullest without prejudice.