WHO WE ARE
At the A-Team we provide individuals who are recovering from mental ill health with a number of opportunities to enhance their quality of life and make a difference to their lives and that of their families. In addition to offering training, advice, support and life skills our volunteers are able to undertake work experience in a range of practical jobs.
Our highly trained professional staff have undergone disclosure checks and have expertise and experience to support individuals recovering from the effects of mental ill health and who are experiencing:
Sugar Ahmed, Finance Officer is an experienced project manager and accountant who enjoys working with disadvantaged groups to help them move forward and improve their well being with range of services. She has considerable experience working in the private, public and third sector at all levels on tackling social policies, poverty and financial inclusion.
Yansie Rolston, PhD is a health equality consultant and motivational speaker. She has over 22 years international experience designing and managing innovative solutions and empowerment programmes within civil society, public and private sector organizations on complex social issues including disabilities, mental health, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and intimate abuse.
Our Board / Staff
Family breakdown and disadvantage
Difficulty coping with day to day activities
Lack of self esteem
In need of support advice or just a friendly ear
The A-Team Board of Trustees takes responsibility for overseeing the direction of the organisation. The Board is made up of 5 members: Tashini Jones; Matthias Lionel; Ken Martin; Yansie Rolston and Daniel Wren who meet bi-monthly to consult on all major decisions facing the organisation. They are all actively involved in the work of the organisation and campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the work of the A-Team.
Other members of the team are Paul Mercer – Administrative Officer;
Cleopatra Ralph – Support Officer
The A-Team was initially established in 2003 in a mental health day centre based on Tottenham High Road but we are now we are located in premises provided by Haringey Council at the Clarendon Recovery College. We have grown and flourished and have developed a good reputation which has enabled us to work in direct partnership with a number of organisations including the London Borough of Haringey, Job Centre Plus, Circle 33, Age UK, Haringey Women’s Forum and many others.
Matthias Lionel is one of the founding directors of the A-Team Projects who saw the inequality experienced by people with mental ill health and decided to do something about it. Matthias is very driven and has a keen passion for social justice, and equality of opportunity and life chances for all and in that regard supports many who are in recovery from mental ill health to regain their self confidence and empower them to challenge some of the barriers to leading the life that they desire for themselves.
Matthias manages the team of volunteers and oversees the practical tasks – for example gardening, painting and decorating and deep cleaning to ensure that they are completed to the standards expected. Matthias has received certification in emergency first Aid, COSHH, mental health first aid and management skills.