Tariqua Gorrissen


Tariqua has more than 25 years’ experience of working with non-profit organisations, where she supported asylum-seeking minors, undocumented migrants, and survivors of trafficking. Over the years, her roles have included crisis advisor, holistic therapist, supervisor, and doula.

Tariqua has extensive knowledge of child protection matters and domestic violence issues.

As a full-spectrum doula, she has supported over 300 births and been a source of strength for parents navigating infertility and baby loss.

Clara Irvine

Peer Support Coordinator

Clara joined the Amma Peer Support team in July 2022 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and over 20 years’ experience facilitating groups, having led projects in Sydney, Athens, and Glasgow, advocating for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, with particular attention to birthing people and children.

Whilst in Greece she co-founded and managed Velos Youth, a charity for refugee youth in the city, providing food, recreational activities, and psychosocial support for unaccompanied minors. This time in Greece was formative in her understanding of issues surrounding Gender based violence, trafficking and safeguarding.

Having returned to the UK a few years ago, Clara now has a little girl of her own and is excited to be a part of the Amma Family.

Ruth Lamb

Amma Family Yoga Teacher

Ruth teaches our pregnancy and postnatal yoga classes as part of our Amma Family programme. All of our clients are invited to attend yoga free of charge and classes have a particular focus on trauma-informed practice.

Ruth has a background rooted in radical community organising & educational development. She has worked to support people seeking asylum in Glasgow for the last eight years, creating joyful events and experiences with people while pushing for rights and policy change.

Ruth is committed to working for social justice and now works with Rape Crisis Scotland. She is a founding member of the Change Collective, a network of yoga practitioners who offer trauma-informed & accessible yoga in Glasgow.

Kate Mackay

Antenatal Class Teacher

Kate is a qualified midwife who has experience of working in NHS settings and also as a volunteer for both Amma Birth Companions and the Unity Women’s Group. Kate has a special interest in antenatal education as a form of empowerment and with this ethos in mind, she runs our monthly group antenatal classes alongside Rohese Devereux Taylor. Kate also provides Amma’s clients with postnatal support, and has a special interest in feeding support.

Kate passionately believes in the power and potential of birth and that a feeling of being in control of decisions being made during birth experience can lead to a sense of empowerment and strength for a birthing person.

Kim Moore

Gardener (Amma Family)

As well as being a volunteer companion, Kim facilitates weekly gardening sessions at our Amma community plot in an allotment in Glasgow. As part of the wider Amma Family group, she helps to signpost to outdoor events and activities around Glasgow, and organises monthly workshops and events for service users to attend or lead themselves.

Kim is also a sound artist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. She blends strings with voice, synths and electronics to create immersive, dark, ambient soundworlds and has performed all over the world.


Atinuke Olagunju

Trainee Peer Support Coordinator

Atinuke joined the Amma staff team in June 2022 after a period of time volunteering with us. As part of the team looking after our Amma Family peer support programme, Atinuke helps to run our weekly parent and baby drop in sessions which are regularly attended by current and past Amma clients.

Satinder Panesar

Group Supervisor

Satinder is a Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Coach with over twenty-five years of working in the NHS, third sector, education and private sector.

She works from a integrative perspective – working with Person Centred, CBT or Attachment modalities to work uniquely with each client.

Her areas of specialism are working with both adults and young people who have experienced: trauma, tradition & culture – domestic violence, rape & sexual assault, child sexual abuse, honour based violence, forced marriage, sexual health concerns, pre & post termination. As a Clinical Supervisor she also works with young people in school settings.

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Karen Phillips

Referrals Manager

Karen joined Team Amma from the British Red Cross Refugee Service, where she built up expertise in providing advice, support, and advocacy to people in crisis as a result of their migration status.

Karen has a wealth of understanding of the asylum process and the barriers faced by people within it. She has worked with a wide range of vulnerable groups and believes that people have a right to safety, security and to realise their potential no matter who they are and where they come from.

As Amma’s Referrals Manager, Karen is responsible for our clients’ journey through our support provision, from initial referral to pairing with a team of volunteers, attending antenatal class, gathering feedback and completing a final evaluation as our support period ends.

Amanda Purdie

Head of Development

Amanda brings over a decade of experience in the third sector to her role as Head of Development.

Originally from Canada, Amanda has worked for several charitable organisations in both the UK and abroad. She joined Amma in January 2020.

Amanda is responsible for driving forward our organisational strategies and identifying and developing new opportunities for growth. She also leads our efforts to create systemic change through public affairs and advocacy. Amanda oversees all marketing activities, fundraising strategy, and our volunteer learning and development programme.

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