Ruth Lamb

Amma Family Yoga Teacher

Ruth teaches our prenatal 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.

Ruth is mum of a busy toddler & enjoys the outdoors & spending time in her hometown in Argyll by the sea.

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.

 

Sam Morgan-Hutchings

Perinatal Team Leader

Originally from New Zealand, Sam joined Amma as a volunteer postnatal companion in 2021 before becoming part of the expanded staff team in Summer 2022. Before coming to work for Amma, Sam worked in social care and as a teacher and a nanny and brings huge experience in the postnatal period and children’s early years development, as well as a special interest in newborn care, to the Amma team.

Sam has witnessed the transformation of new parents as they become confident and comfortable in their new role, and the beneficial knock-on effects that this can have in their and their child’s life.

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.

Morag Riddet

Perinatal Team Leader

Morag joined Amma’s team of volunteer birth companions in 2021 and became a staff member in summer 2022. In her spare time, she loves to sing as a member of the Joyous Choir, listen to live music, cook tasty vegan food and spend a lot of time with her friends and family.

Most recently, Morag worked at Maslow’s Community Shop doing administration and finance part time, a role which allowed her to be involved with the community of volunteers there, as well as those coming into the shop.

As one of our three Perinatal Team Leaders, Morag supports clients directly along with teams of volunteers to provide person-centred care, advocacy, practical and emotional care, supervision and more.

Helen Sheriff

Perinatal Services Manager

Helen initially joined Amma as a volunteer birth companion and quickly became an integral part of the team. Her strong management skills and experience as a birth companion led to Helen becoming our Perinatal Services Manager. In this role Helen provides guidance and support to our Perinatal Team Leaders and our huge team of volunteer birth and postnatal companions in the day-to-day provision of service to clients.

Before joining Amma, Helen was a business owner for 13 years, prior to which, she had a career in the retail, banking, and finance sectors. Helen contributes extensive experience in training and staff development, as well as valuable expertise in GDPR and compliance issues.

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