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.
Kelly – (Student Social Worker)
Kelly has worked with STaSS since October 2012 and will be on placement with us until the end of April 2013. She is currently studying for a degree in Social Work and is looking forward to spending the next five months with STaSS.
Kelly has previously worked with both adults and children from a variety of backgrounds including; children in care, children with disabilities adopters and primary education settings. She also has two young children whom she is very proud of.
Ken O’Shea-Poon – Senior Support Worker/ Complementary Therapist
Ken has worked for STaSS since November 2010 and as also studying for a 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 (currently on maternity leave)
Ruth – (Student Social Worker)
Ruth is in her final year studying Social Work at the University of Northampton. Ruth joined STaSS in October as part of her course and will be on placement until April 2013. Ruth’s role at STaSS will be as a Support Worker.
Previously, Ruth worked for six years within a Local Authority helping people with housing benefit and Council Tax. Ruth has also worked for The Children’s Society as a Trainee Youth Participation Officer. This involved supporting the Youth Parliament and young people living in deprived areas. In addition, Ruth has volunteered with different organisations working with people with disabilities.
Ruth has two children and enjoys spending her free time with them.
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.