Bridget advocates with women who have been granted residence, helping them with financial transitions.
She assists women with benefits including council tax, housing benefit, child benefit and universal credit. She raises awareness of job, skill and volunteer opportunities, and well as provides advice on utilities and grants.
Instead of being a 'caseworker' doing all the work for women, she empowers beneficiaries to understand how to address the problems themselves, mentoring them to take control of the work they can. This will take longer but we hope this approach will allow women to become skilled as their own advocates making them financially resilient.
All incoming queries or calls are dealt with by our Community Advocate Administrator. She takes basic details and asking what help/assistance is required. She assesses the issue and either refers the matter internally or signposts it to another organisation. All queries and calls on Wednesdays only between 10AM-1PM.
Community advocates working with us include Bridget & Sarah,
they and been on various trainings including ASAP courses, PAP DPG Law Training, Safeguarding Adults Level 2, Gender and Trauma Informed Approaches to Housing and Homelessness, Tactic Legal training and are using their skills and initiative to support others, while gaining more experience and knowledge. Hilary, retired GP supports women with health problems, seeing them for a discussion about what's needed, and communicating with their GP's.
Orit, Hannan, Aida & Muna are interpreters who support advocates.
Talhatou studied accounts in Senegal and has a degree qualification, she is currently studying further so she can be a registered accountant in the UK. Shalom works with Talhatou on accounts, she has extensive experience working with an NGo in Ethiopia. They are both supported by our accountants Boffix.
They are both completing an accounts course giving them both extensive knowledge on Quickbooks, as well as HMRC courses.
Shalom is involved because it makes her happy to see people get the help they need in time, and feels positive with herself that shes the person filling the gap.
Sarah is also a Baobab Director: BA in International Relations, MA in Migration and Social Policy. Former Therapeutic Service, Housing and Women's Refugee and Migrant Project Worker. trustee of various destitution organisations.
Beth Ash: Night Shelter Coordinator, Coventry Migrant Women's House Trustee, CARAG member, Coventry Peace House Coop Member.
Beth is involved because she is excited by grass roots community projects, wants to learn more about casework & nurture social change. She brings logic, calm, focus, peace and reflection to the team, along with an enthusiasm for checklists and spreadsheets.
Amrita Dhinsa: CAAT Activist, qualified barrister & solicitor
Amrita is involved because she believes in Baobab's work and vision. As a director she can input into strategy and draw on my experience in regulation, law and policy
Steering group members: Agnes Tanoh, Espoir Njei, Shalom Dula, Musurat Dar, Gimbi Cham and Loraine Mponela, are experts with lived experience and supprot campaigns and events we have to promote our work.
Additional supporters and volunteers include: Malka Al- Haddad - Poetry writer and fundraiser. Jenipher Mumba & Josiane Youmssi - Administration and Office Support. Jenny Congrave - independent consultant working with feedback collection, strategic and fundraising plans.