Meet the Team
Director of Communications and Development
Neşe grew up in North Eastern Turkey, and moved to the UK when she was 17. Neşe understands the complexities of moving to another country when you don't understand the obvious and unspoken rules of culture. She has worked with refugees and asylum seekers since 2011 in Nottingham, London and Bristol. She is involved in ECC, a church Bristol, which she attends with her husband and two daughters.
Director of Strategic Relations
Rachael is our founding director and has worked and volunteered in the refugee sector in Bristol for 13 years and is currently operations director for Bristol Hospitality Network. She's also hosted many destitute asylum seekers and is currently a landlord of a refugee lodger with her husband and 2 year old son. She's also involved in ECFC, a church in Easton and incarnational ministry in Asia through 'Servants'.
Director of Operations
Michelle manages our operations and has worked in the Christian charity sector for 12 years, with particular interest and travel to the middle east/north Africa. An immigrant herself, she believes that supporting those who are starting their lives in a new country is invaluable and helps give refugees the best possible chance to succeed. Michelle and her husband attend Christchurch in Newport.
Mariya has recently graduated with a law degree and is passionate about helping families and refugees. She has volunteered in various places, helping people in difficult circumstances. Mariya was born in Ukraine and moved to the UK at a young age and has first-hand experience in matters of immigration and starting a new life abroad, appreciating its challenges. She has been affected by the situation in Ukraine. She is active in her community, helping people to feel safe and welcoming them in the UK. She also helps with a charity called ‘Hope for Ukraine’ which was founded in her church.
Resettlement Support Worker
Chloe is a Resettlement Support Worker for Refugee Welcome Homes. She volunteered full-time with eight different organisations helping refugees and asylum seekers after achieving her Fellowship in Leadership and Management from Charityworks, the UK’s only not-for-profit graduate scheme. She was inspired to help refugees and asylum seekers whilst she was studying at university, where she volunteered with New Routes Integration, a charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Norwich.
Resettlement Support Worker
Mahsa was born and raised in Iran and moved with her family to the UK in 2008, when she was 18 years old. She has been a destitute asylum seeker. Mahsa lived in Bristol where she was housed through the Bristol Hospitality Network. After 8 years of being homeless, she gained her Refugee Status in 2015. She started to build her future life, studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance ACCA in Plymouth University. She is one of the few people who gave a speech in the Houses of Parliament where she talked about the difficulties refugees face. She goes to church in Bristol.