Our Staff

Shaninga

CEO/Founder

“I am passionate about seeing people succeed where no one else thought they could. I’m especially keen to see young people use their voice to positively express themselves, impacting not only those around them, but their wider community as well.”

Helen 

Development Director

“I am hugely passionate about BIGKID and the vision it has to change young people’s lives. There’s no greater feeling than seeing a young person succeed when the odds are stacked against them. This is what BIGKID helps them do and I’m happy to be part of it.”

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Paris 

Apprentice

“I am excited to be working at BIGKID and will try my best to help other young people stay positive and make a difference.”

"I believe in supporting and empowering our young people to make positive informed choices, building resilience and opening doors for their future.."

Marina 

Outreach Worker

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Dellali

Programme Coordinator

 

"I am very passionate in seeing young people excel and fulfill their purpose and will continue to do all I can to make their dreams a reality."

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Marina 

Outreach Worker

I believe that we are able to change young people’s lives and demonstrate that the impossible is possible. BIGKID is able to see every child succeed and grow.

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Unika
Development Officer
I have a long history with Dexters Adventure Playground as I grew up playing there as a child. 
I am excited about working ensuring young people in the community get the best out of the site.

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Lizzie 
Emotional Well- Being
Lead

I love supporting young people to become resilient, self-aware, reflective and kind to themselves and one another. To let them know it is ok not to be ok and that me and BIGKID are there to support them through their journey.

Andre

Outreach Manager

“I am highly motivated to use my skills and experiences to improve the challenging lives that some of the young people we work with go through.”

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Kathy

Development Manager

"I’m inspired by our young people, their incredible talents and spirit. I'm proud to be a part of something that provides them opportunities to explore and develop their potential, helping set them on a positive path in life."

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"As someone who grew up being very shy and quiet, I know what it feels like to be sheltered from the rest of the world. This is why I am highly motivated to utilise my experiences to help young people fulfill their potential. There is nothing better than seeing someone come out of their shell and act upon their newly discovered talents to go on and be successful."

Jonathan

Outreach Officer

Our Outreach Workers

All our outreach workers are young people that have come through our programmes and have shown exceptional leadership and a desire to continue the work we have started. These young people have gained their FA level 1 & 2 qualifications in Football and a multi-sports activator qualification. They are all extremely enthusiastic about helping their peers progress onto positive pathways and believe in the work that we do.

Our Trustees

Michelle Tuft

Chairperson

“Having lived in London all I my life I am delighted to be involved with an organisation that is doing so much to improve the lives and futures of young people in London, enabling and equipping them to realise their true potential and ambitions in often challenging environments.”

Nimesh Christie

Treasurer

“It is wonderful to be part of an organisation that provides invaluable help to young people in need. BIGKID provides a platform for those young people to achieve their potential and encounter opportunities that would otherwise be unfathomable.”

John Herriman

“It’s wonderful to be able to create opportunities for young people to grow and develop because social background should never be a barrier to success.”

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Ali Azeem

“Helping younger people discover their passions and realise their potential is vital. BIGKID leads the way in providing practical programmes that make this a reality for those that are often overlooked. This gives so much to not only the children involved, but the communities they belong to. Having come from an area that could benefit from BKF, I am thrilled to directly support such a worthy cause."

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James Potter

Secretary

“I’m honoured to be part of the BigKid organisation, who provide barrier breaking opportunities for the young people of inner cities. The experiences provided by BIGKID remove stigmas and stereotypes, allowing young people to realise that anything is possible.”

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Sarah Younger

It’s a privilege to be able to be involved with the fantastic staff, volunteers and young people at BIGKID. I want to help BIGKID to do more of what it already does so well, to achieve its full potential and continue to make a real difference to the lives of the young people it works with.

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Edson Dombele

Young Trustee

I like to take every opportunity I am given and always have a smile on my face when helping others. I am passionate about young people and grateful for the support I've had from BIGKID. I became a trustee to help be the difference in young people's lives.

Our Volunteers

We are very privileged to have over 50 volunteers who work across our programmes to help make a difference in the lives of the young people we work with. The majority of our volunteers are young people who have come through our programmes themselves and are now giving back to their communities.

Without their support, enthusiasm and energy it would be very difficult to make the impact we have on our young people.

If you would like to volunteer with us in any capacity, we would be more than happy to sit down and have a chat with you about it. Click here to find out more: