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About IMARA

Imara is an independent specialist service that supports children, young people and their safe family members following a disclosure or discovery of child sexual abuse or domestic abuse. We are a charity and all of our services are free to access. We receive referrals directly from the local paediatric sexual assault referral centre (EMCYPSAS – 0800 183 0023), social care, education, police and specialist domestic abuse services.

Imara is the chosen provider commissioned by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner of Nottinghamshire’s CHISVA Service (Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) which provides support and advocacy throughout the criminal justice process. Imara is also the contracted provider of therapy for children under 12 affected by sexual abuse in Nottingham City, and therapy for children and young people aged 0-18 affected by domestic abuse across Nottingham City and the county of Nottinghamshire.

Imara aims to empower and promote the recovery of children, young people and their families affected by child sexual abuse, by offering early intervention in the form of:

Access to pre- and post- trial therapy, available in a range of creative arts approaches suited to children and young people

Specialist support for acute trauma symptoms including anxiety and problems sleeping

Accurate and impartial information and consistent contact throughout the judicial process, empowering clients to make their own informed choices

Support with education, health, housing and financial concern to restabilise the family following the abuse

Specialist risk and needs assessment, and referral to other appropriate support and services

In line with specialising in familial abuse, wherever appropriate we work with children and young people within their family unit, empowering them to access and use the resources they have within themselves and their family in order to overcome the trauma and thrive going forward. This includes working not only with the children and young people we are referred, but also their safe family members, including parents, carers, siblings and grandparents for whom a disclosure or discovery that sexual abuse has been occurring within their family and home can have profound and severe impacts and so support is understandably often required.

Our Values

As Imara, we believe:

  • Abuse is never okay and never the fault of the child
  • Children have the right to be and feel safe, to be listened to and to be believed in
  • No one should have to face their past or their problems alone, the voice of the survivor is expert
  • Support should be there when the survivor is ready, provided at their pace, and last as long as needed – no waiting
  • Recovery from trauma is possible and holistic, specialist and creative therapies work
  • Talking about sexual abuse is not shameful, ignoring it is – talking enables us to tackle it
  • Child sexual abuse occurs in every community and the whole of society suffers – there is a cost to all of us
  • Everyone has a responsibility to tackle child sexual abuse

As Imara, we value:

Compassionate Commitment: responding with empathy and walking alongside others even in the toughest times

Acceptance: listening; appreciating people as they are, and welcoming the whole person

Seeking Justice: removing taboos by engaging with the reality of child sexual abuse honestly and supporting others to do the same

Creative Empowerment: exploring possibilities together to cultivate the potential and strength in all of us

Holding Our Ground: standing firm for the things we believe in

Our Team

Therapy Team

Cath

Cath

CEO and Trauma Therapist

Cath has been involved in working with survivors of Child Sexual Abuse since 1998 when she completed her training as an Art Therapist. She worked at “Number 28”, Action For Children, firstly as a practitioner and latterly as Project Manager. Cath ran a small private practice prior to establishing Imara and has trained as a Creative Arts Supervisor, EMDR practitioner, Couple counsellor and holds a diploma in Park Inner Child Therapy.  She has also provided specialist training regionally and nationally and works as a clinical supervisor and consultant to other professionals. Cath has a Degree in Nursing and worked as a nurse in hospital and community settings prior to becoming an Art Therapist.
Cath was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to Child Protection and is committed to supporting survivors and their families to move on from the trauma of Child Sexual Abuse. Setting up Imara was an opportunity to respond to the need of children and teenagers to receive immediate help once they had disclosed abuse, recognising that there was no comprehensive support to the individual and their family at this time.

Melanie

Melanie

Senior Creative Arts Therapist – Art Psychotherapist

Melanie joined the Imara team in August 2018 and is a registered art psychotherapist with HCPC, and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). She is passionate about supporting children, young people, adults and families who have been impacted by the trauma of child sexual abuse. Melanie has completed specialist training in trauma therapy, dyadic art therapy, child counselling skills and she is a trained LTFI practitioner.   

Prior to her role at Imara, Melanie’s clinical practice included post adoption support and work with young adults diagnosed with learning disabilites. She also worked for eight years for an award-winning charity, where she pioneered the provision of creative support to unaccompanied asylum seeker teenagers and young survivors of trafficking. 
Art Psychotherapy is a safe way for children and adults to explore feelings using art materials, images and metaphor. This therapy can support recovery and the strengthening and reforming of your sense of self following trauma.

Tara

Tara

Senior Creative Arts Therapist – Art Psychotherapist

Tara is a HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered Art Therapist and a member of BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). She joined the Imara team in April 2021.
Tara has had experience in Art therapy with offenders, domestic abuse survivors and young mothers in supported living. She has had volunteer experience with children and adults with complex physical and neurobiological disabilities.
Tara believes in Art Therapy because she feels everyone’s truth deserves to be heard and art making is a powerful tool that can be used to communicate emotions and ideas that are hard to put into words. She hopes to provide a space where a person is accepted as they are and can feel safe being vulnerable.  She believes in a person-centred approach where the client leads the session wherever they feel they need support. This includes the way in which the client wishes to communicate, whether that is through art making, or talking.
Tara believes in setting boundaries for sessions with clients, to create a safe bubble to explore the root of uncomfortable emotions, thoughts, and body sensations. Together they can also develop tools to help support the client.

Verity

Verity

Creative Arts Therapist – Dance & Movement Psychotherapist

Verity Danbold is a Dance Therapist specializing in trauma. As both a Dance Therapist and a community dance/social circus specialist, she has extensive experience working globally with survivors of sex trafficking and torture, as well as refugees in the UK. 
DMT uses movement as a diagnostic and healing tool, seeing in the body what is “too fine, too deep” for words. She draws from the Sampoornata method, a human-rights based methodology, she campaigns for your rights outside of sessions, while nurturing a creative, nurturing space to grow as your own advocate. She guides her practice as one of “working through the body what is done to the body.’’ Working in the Global South for over a decade, she celebrates the capacity for movement to transcend cultural and language barriers and to connect with non/pre-verbal clients. She integrates practices such as circus, yoga, and crafts to celebrate the creative, reflective and moving self. In working through the body and movement, she nurtures a practice of body-embedded self-care, encouraging people to reflect on themselves as a tool for healing, strength and growth.

Stella

Stella

Sleep & Anxiety Practitioner

Stella joined Imara in February 2020. She is a trainer of Advanced Rapid Transformational Therapist, qualified Certified Hypnotherapist, Biology Teacher, qualified Children’s Sleep Practitioner, qualified Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner and a fully qualified BrainWave Recursive Therapist. She has over 12 years’ experience of working with children in an educational, pastoral and, more recently, a therapeutic setting.

Early on in her teaching career Stella realised that students would often be drawn to seek her advice and guidance on a variety of issues, more often than not around sleep and anxiety. Having experienced sleeping issues and severe anxiety first-hand, Stella could provide pastoral support and empathise, but very little beyond. Consequently, this gave Stella the drive and motivation to gain further qualifications that would enable her to work with children suffering from these issues in a therapeutic setting. Stella now teaches her clients and their families the very same knowledge and tools that led to her own recovery many years ago. Furthermore, where appropriate, Stella uses Rapid Transformational Therapy and other tools from her qualifications to help her clients to free themselves from the root cause of the anxiety and sleep issues that they currently experience.

Amanda

Amanda

Amanda joined the Imara team in November 2020.  She is a registered child counsellor and a member of BACP.  She began her therapeutic training with an advanced diploma course where she learnt to facilitate therapy through seven different art forms including art, movement, sand-tray and clay.  This led onto further postgraduate therapeutic study, specifically working with children.  She qualified with a Postgraduate certificate in Child Psychotherapeutic Studies as well as her Diploma in Child Counselling.  Her training was integrative in its approach, drawing together attachment theory, psycho-dynamic thinking and neuroscience as ways to understand complex and relational trauma within child development.  This was complemented by completing an infant observation module over two years.
Amanda’s previous experience includes working as a counsellor within primary schools across Nottinghamshire since 2013. She feels privileged to have worked therapeutically with children who were impacted by relational trauma and loss as well as neurodiverse conditions such as Autism and ADHD.  She has also worked closely with young people and adults living with additional needs over the last ten years.  This role has provided wonderful opportunities to build relationships with them and their families in ways that are beneficial for their social and emotional development.  Her creative practice as an artist has also enabled her to work within inner city schools in Nottingham running art projects to enhance the young peoples’ learning within their curriculums.
Amanda’s therapeutic approach is centred around building a warm relationship with the young person and is largely non-directive.   She enables them to explore forms of expression that feel comfortable for them by drawing on play, the creative arts and metaphor.  She believes that attuning to our nervous system’s survival responses helps to better understand our coping strategies.  In recent years she has developed a mindfulness practice which has enabled her to integrate self-regulatory activities into her therapeutic work.

Craig

Craig

Creative Arts Therapist

Craig is a Health Care professionals Council (HCPC) registered art therapist and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and joined Imara in 2022.
Craig has previous experience working for a charity delivering art therapy to young adults with a range of mental health issues. He has volunteer experience supporting adults with downs syndrome and has also worked as a nurse for many years specialising in the care of people with dementia.

Craig is a strong believer in the healing power of art and the creative process with its connection to our inner, unconscious world. Artmaking can communicate for us when words cannot express our feelings, or we are unsure what our feelings mean.
Craig hopes to provide a comfortable and safe space where young people feel accepted and free to be themselves as an individual and diverse member of society. He likes to work with a non-directive approach that allows individuals to take the lead on their own creative journey and to enjoy using art making to explore feelings, fuel the imagination and to help aid recovery from the effects of trauma with his support.

Mala

Mala

Play therapist

An accredited Play Therapist with PTUK and BACP and experienced parenting coach and mentor who have worked with children and families for the past 17 years.  Recently also trained as Parent-Child Attachment Play practitioner, she is passionate about the importance of play and creativity as part of a healthy childhood and help parents develop healthy bond with children through play and acceptance. She believes in creating safe space for children to utilise their inner strength and resources to begin the process of healing and self-growth.  
She has lived and worked in Indonesia and England, and worked with families with diverse cultural backgrounds which gives her a unique understanding, and respect of the complexities of raising families in a multicultural context.
Prior to her play therapy training, Mala managed and built a school in Medan, Indonesia from a small local school to an internationally accredited school which prioritise play and well-being at the core of the service. She was also involved in a charity that drives the special needs awareness campaign in Medan through school and communities involvements.

Nikoletta

Nikoletta

Trainee Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Nikoletta joined the team at Imara in October 2021. She is a second year Dance Movement Psychotherapist trainee who also has a medical degree. Her interest in understanding the different meanings individuals make of their life experiences led her to start her training as a Junior Doctor in Psychiatry in Switzerland. Within a multi-disciplinary team and in different settings, she supported children, young people, their families and adults with mental health and emotional difficulties to explore different coping strategies for challenges they were facing. Nikoletta is currently working as an Activities Coordinator in a PICU ward (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) for male adults with complex mental health and social needs. She is inspired to support them to explore their potential in a respectful and empowering way and she is grateful to be able to witness their recovery journey.
 
Nikoletta values the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and she always aims to meet the individuals in therapy where they are at, welcoming their experiences in an empathic way. Traumatic memories are stored in the body and sometimes it may seem overwhelming to experience and express feelings and sensations. Dance Movement Psychotherapy can offer a safe space for creative and playful exploration, bringing more awareness and connection to the body and parts of the self while respecting the individual’s pace.

Daisy

Creative Arts Therapist – Art Psychotherapist

Daisy is a qualified art psychotherapist registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and a full member of BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). She is passionate about creative approaches to mental health and works with an integrative approach. 
An art therapist is a therapist who uses art making as a mode of communication in their work with others. It isn’t always easy to find words for our feelings or experiences, but Daisy believes that non-verbal forms of expression (such as painting or drawing) can offer a gentle yet powerful way to express, connect with and better understand our own life stories. 
Daisy established an art therapy service within a hospital liaison team to support children and teenagers with medically unexplained/ functional illness. Alongside the art therapy sessions she provided psycho-education and support with self-regulation. She has experience of providing art therapy within a hospice working with children and families experiencing death, dying and bereavement. Including work with traumatic loss such as suicide. 
 
Daisy believes that what happens to us does not define us. She feels privileged to be delivering trauma-focused art therapy as part of the IMARA team.

Meghan

Meghan

Creative Arts Therapist- Art Psychotherapist

Meghan is a registered art psychotherapist and joined Imara in 2022. Meghan has previous experience working for a charity supporting families impacted by domestic abuse where she established an art therapy service, offering mental health support to children, young people, and adults.
Meghan provides a safe, creative space for clients to be understood and listened to without judgment, as they expressively explore their thoughts and feelings. Meghan is a strong believer in the power of listening to someone, and how this can help them to believe in themselves, build their identity and confidence, and see the power in their own voice.
Meghan believes in the importance of psycho-education as a progressive tool for clients, to support them in building their knowledge and understanding about themselves and their mental health, to help them build a stronger future.

Amanda

Amanda

Creative Arts Therapist

Amanda qualified as an art psychotherapist in 2018 and joined the Imara team in September 2020.  Her clinical art psychotherapy experience includes working with adults and children at a charity for people affected by domestic abuse (providing individual and group art therapy) and for an arts therapies organisation providing therapy in primary and secondary schools.
Prior to qualifying as an art therapist Amanda worked as a creative mentor with looked after young people in care, and as a freelance artist providing art workshops within different settings.  This included working towards increasing participants self-confidence, social inclusion and well-being with groups in hospitals, art galleries, museums, schools, youth clubs and across the community.
Amanda is registered with HCPC and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). She is a regional coordinator for BAAT.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing (BAAT 2020)

Henna

Henna

School-based Support Worker

Henna has joined the Imara team in 2023 as a School Based Support Worker providing therapy through art and play to children affected by domestic abuse in schools.
She has always been passionate about helping others and to be able to make a positive impact on others lives. Henna began her journey as a volunteer befriender and then found her inspiration working with charities to support ex young offenders, alcohol & drugs misuse, child sexual exploitation, child grooming, self-harm and asylum seekers. Along with this, she has enjoyed teaching and carrying out intervention work in primary schools.
Henna is looking forward to continuing to develop and supporting the team at Imara  

Liz

Liz

Person-Centred Psychotherapist

Liz has been with IMARA since September 2022.
Liz qualified in Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in 2014 gaining a Post Graduate Diploma and has since been registered with the UKCP. Liz volunteered whilst training with Age UK, Base 51 and Nottingham Rape Crisis and began working as a counsellor and Young Persons Outreach Worker with Rape Crisis. With Rape Crisis, funded by the Police and Crime Commision she delivered sessions across Nottinghamshire County Council to secondary school pupils around Sex and Consent and working face to face counselling survivors of Sexual violence. Alongside her work with Rape Crisis Liz was employed as a peripatetic Childrens outreach Worker working across Nottingham City in refuges and hostels to support children and their families after domestic violence.


In 2016 Liz began working as a High Intensity Therapist for Insight and later Let’s talk wellbeing both IAPT services within Nottinghamshire. She completed a Hypnotherapy Diploma in 2019.
Liz:
“The service that IMARA provide for children and their families can make such a difference to wellbeing and mental health- I feel proud to work as part of a service that makes that difference.”

Sarah

Sarah

Music Therapist

Sarah joined the Imara team in September 2022. She is a qualified, registered Music Therapist with HCPC, a member of the British Association of Music Therapists (BAMT) a qualified TESOL teacher, instrumental teacher, Musician and Composer.  Sarah strives to support and empower children, young people, adults and families who have been impacted by the trauma of child sexual abuse. 


Prior to working at Imara, Sarah most recently worked as a Music Therapist for the NHS in a variety of mental health services working with children, young people and adults experiencing severe mental health illness, in crisis and recovering from trauma. This included supporting children and their families as part of the Paediatric Psychology Liaison Service at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh, young children and their families who experienced early childhood trauma at Olivebank Child and Family Centre and CAMHS inpatient unit. Sarah has also recently facilitated Music Therapy groups and individual sessions on acute adult psychiatric wards at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Sarah has over 13 years’ experience of working with children in a variety of settings including those which are medical, pastoral, educational and therapeutic independently and alongside multidisciplinary teams.


Specialising in trauma, Sarah has extensive experience working in the UK and overseas as a Music Therapist and Community Musician supporting and empowering children, young people and adults in mental health crisis and recovering from trauma. This has included war related PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, EUPD, brain injuries, schizophrenia and psychosis. Sarah has also worked extensively with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in educational settings, in a caring role and private practice, as well as with adults with learning disabilities, dementia, non-verbal/pre-verbal children, asylum seekers and refugees.


Sarah has over 12 years’ experience of working with children in an educational, pastoral and, more recently, a therapeutic setting. Sarah worked for over 3 years as an English teacher in Hong Kong and a Japanese Nursery and has trained in the bamboo flute in Kathmandu and African djembe in The Gambia, following her classical Music training in Edinburgh. Sarah is always inspired by new music, compositions; she enjoys writing her own music and performing particularly on the flute and more recently, voice. 




Music Therapy is a psychological therapy which uses music as a way to express emotions, communicate and to relate to others. Music in itself can have the healing power to help to regulate emotions, reduce stress levels and uplift our mood. When words sometimes fail or are difficult to say, music speaks. Building a strong therapeutic relationship with clients, using both music and words is central to Sarah’s Music Therapy approach. Sarah places emphasis on creating a safe, open place for clients to be their authentic selves and to then feel empowered to grow with support to be the best version of themselves, freeing themselves from the negative effects of trauma. Sarah believes deeply in the notion of clients finding new ways of being together in therapy, creating positive change and exploring parts of the self through music making, whilst experiencing a nurturing relationship and having their voice fully heard. Sarah is passionate about music’s power to be an aid in connecting people from any culture, nationality and background, to build bridges and to speak when words fail.

Lily

Lily

Art Therapist

Lily has recently qualified as an Art Therapist and joined Imara. She is striving to support and empower young people, and adults who are affected by sexual abuse and trauma. She is passionate to make sure that every voice is heard and communicated with efficiency.
 
Lily has 7 years’ experience working within the education system with children who have additional needs and as a carer for a young man who has become a huge part of her life. She has gained many skills within these roles that have helped her communicate with individuals who may struggle within the community.
 
The last three years Lily has been completing her art therapy training within different schools and settings, working with children of all ages and with a variety of needs, using lots of paint and glitter!
 
She is very much looking forward to starting her journey at IMARA.

Emma

Emma

Creative Arts Therapist

Emma is a qualified art psychotherapist registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and a full member of BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). She joined the Imara team in January 2023.  


Her previous art psychotherapy experience of working with children and adults has been in a variety of settings from special educational needs schools, child adolescent mental health services, looked after children services, the charity sector and higher education settings.  


Emma is person centred, compassion focused, and trauma informed in her approach. She is passionate about and believes in the transformative power of the imagination and creative arts in supporting and nurturing growth and empowerment. She provides a safe, non-judgmental, and containing therapeutic space. Utilising verbal and non-verbal means of expression via visual and tactile art making
.  
Emma is honoured and proud to be part of the Imara team delivering therapy to the young people of Nottinghamshire.



Georgina

Georgina

Creative Arts Therapist

Georgina is a Health Care Professionals Council  (HCPC) registered art therapist and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and recently joined Imara. 


Before joining Imara, Georgina studied at Derby university where she received a first class honours bachelors degree in Creative Expressive Therapies and then went on the Masters in Art Therapy Program and received Distinction. 


Georgina is interested and enthusiastic about the positive healing elements of creativity and favours a humanistic, person centred and compassion focused approach to working with others. 



Her previous experience has been working with children and young people in educational settings, specialist services, charity and community settings.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Trainee Art Therapist

Steph is a trainee art therapist, studying her MA at Derby University. She is a member of BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) and joined the Imara team in September 2023. 
She has worked with young people and art therapy to support anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm and has a previous 14 years experience within educational and pastoral settings.
She believes that art therapy provides a safe and gentle way to explore experiences and feelings, when words cannot be found. 




Joyce

Joyce

Trainee Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Joyce is an international student from India and is currently a Trainee Dance Movement Psychotherapist, studying MA in DMP at the University of Derby. 

She is a member of the (ADMP) Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy and joined Imara as a trainee in 2023. 
She has graduated in English literature and completed her MA in Social Work. Previously, she worked with children with special needs at a school as a DMP trainee. Additionally, in the past years, she has worked with vulnerable women and children in the slum areas of Bombay, as well as people in a psychiatric residential home. Helping people and making a difference in their lives has always been her passion in life, and she saw Imara sharing the same values.
 
Imara gave her the opportunity to become a Trainee and fulfill her purpose. She believes that Dance therapy can help people gain a sense of their body’s capacity for expressiveness, creativity, and growth. She looks forward to sharing a space for learning, safety, and healing by working hard to create change. 



Meridith

Meridith

Trainee Art Therapist

Meridith is Trainee Art Therapist in the second year of her course. She is a student member of BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). She has over ten years of experience working with people of all ages, and supporting their wellbeing through creativity. 
Meridith has experience working with children and young people in schools and community settings, exploring many different ways of being creative. She has always loved using art as a language to communicate, and seeks to empower others to embrace the power of creativity as a way to express themselves.




Ollie

Ollie

Trainee Music Therapist


Ollie is a trainee Music Therapist who is studying at the University of Derby. He is a member of BAMT (British Association of Music Therapists) and joined the Imara team as a trainee in January of 2024.  
 
Ollie studied Psychology at University. After graduating Ollie gained experience working with children for an early intervention service in schools and working in adult health and social care.  
 
Though the experience of pervious job roles it became clear that moving into music therapy would be a natural progression for Ollie.  
 
Whilst training, Ollie is continuing to work at a creative arts respite service for children and adolescents with additional needs.




CHISVA Team

Steph

Steph

CHISVA Service Lead

Stephanie joined Imara in April 2018, where she worked alongside Cath to get the Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (CHISVA) service up and running. After two years working as a CHISVA at Imara, she has taken the plunge and is now the Senior Lead for the CHISVA service. Steph qualified as an ISVA in July 2017, and qualified as a CHISVA, the children and young people’s specialism of ISVA, in March 2019.
Steph’s career has focused supporting on children, families and adults who have been affected by crime or the actions of others, and she is experienced in providing practical support, emotional support and advocacy in this area. Steph has worked in the criminal justice specialism of the charity sector for over 10 years, with an interlude in the middle to train and work as a Social Worker.
Before joining Imara Stephanie worked as the East Midlands representative for a national project, where third sector representatives supported the Police to develop and deliver the prevention element of their child sexual abuse and exploitation plan. In this role she also wrote the East Midlands CSE Prevention Strategy, alongside a toolkit to support agencies working with boys and young men at risk of or experiencing abuse and exploitation.

Alex

Alex

CHISVA

Alex joined IMARA as a Trainee CHISVA and is really excited to start such an important role. She graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2017 with a BA in Criminology.
For the past three years she has been working as a Children & Young people’s Support Worker for a Domestic Abuse Charity. The role continued to make her feel extremely passionate about wanting to support children who have experienced trauma in their lives, in helping them feel safe and listened to whenever they need.
 When Alex saw the opportunity arise at IMARA, she knew the role was exactly what she wanted to do.  She looks forward to being able to make a difference in young people’s lives.

Ami

Ami

CHISVA

Ami joined the Imara CHISVA team in August 2022 with a wealth of experience in working with children, young people and families in a variety of settings.

Ami previously worked as a Crisis Worker in the Children’s SARC and for the East Midlands Children and Young People Sexual Assault Service Helpline.
Her background also saw her working with CYP and families in Domestic Abuse, Refuges, and school group settings; giving her well-rounded experience in children’s services.

Ami believes that all young people should have the choice in how they access their own support; and encourages young people to embrace who they are, what they can be and their own voice.
All young people should have access to a safe, supportive adult to help them navigate the many difficulties and challenges that can be occurring in someone’s life at any one time.

Aside from her CHISVA role, Ami enjoys organising social events for the whole Imara team, to have fun, make friends and let our personalities shine.
When not in the Imara office or supporting children across Nottinghamshire; she loves going to gigs, listening to music, exploring and pottering around charity shops or cooking for friends.

Vicky

Vicky

CHISVA

Vicky has been working with vulnerable children and teenagers in Nottingham since 2003. With a background in Youth Support and Alternative Education, she has worked in youth centres and in a range of educational settings across the city.
Her focus throughout her career has been on supporting people who have challenging behaviour or learning disabilities to access learning and move on to positive destinations beyond their school years. Giving young people a voice and the opportunity to be heard and listened to underpins her values as a worker.
Vicky’s approach is child led and she will always try to include the hobbies and interests of the people she is working with during her one-to-one sessions. She enjoys using art, craft and sports to engage with children and young people.

Khan-el

Khan-el

CHISVA

Before joining Imara in September 2021, Khan-el was working as a support worker with vulnerable adults. 
Khan-el has also worked in various children’s care homes with LAC and has a lot of experience over 10 years’ worth working with victims of crime having started as a volunteer. 

In Khan-el’s words “I have lots of hands-on experience supporting people who have been victims of the crime and I never went to university think I’m the only one in the team everyone else’s bio they are decorated with academic achievements whilst at college I did dance and performing arts.”

His work with the victims of crime has covered all sorts of crime, from serious crime like domestic violence and sexual violence, to bullying, fraud, theft, and robbery. 
One of his many roles working with victims of crime was the Young Victims Case worker where he supported the children and young people before, during and after court. Khan-el worked closely with the young witness service and attended many pre-trial visits and court cases with young people and their families. 

Kat

Kat

CHISVA

Kat always knew she wanted to make a positive difference to the lives of children. This path led her to study Counselling, Child Nursing and attain a BSc (Hons) specialising in Adolescent Mental Health & Family Support whilst simultaneously working with emotional and behavioural disorders and specialising in challenging behaviour! Having studied her discipline for years, she felt it was time to broaden her skills and knowledge further and was drawn to IMARA not only for the extraordinary work they undertake with children, young people and families, but also for how reading about them made her feel. She knew IMARA was somewhere she needed to be!

Rachael

Rachael

Social Worker Student

Rachael is a Social Work Student, who is studying at Nottingham Trent University in her 3rd year.
 
Rachael has worked with children for 20+ years in a range of different jobs from being a Nanny to being a family support worker working with children with complex and palliative care needs,  has also had experience working as a Nursey Nurse on the children’s ward at her local hospital.
 
She has had previous experience walking with both children and families and adult services.

Olivia

Olivia

CHISVA

Olivia has an undergraduate in Education with Psychology and Counselling, and a Master’s degree in Psychology. Since graduating in 2017 she has worked with children and young people in 1:1 and group roles. She most enjoyed her time supporting children and their families through bereavement/terminal illness of a loved one. She describes herself as having a passion for early intervention and feels it is a privilege to be able to offer support for those who need it most. Olivia hopes to be able to educate and empower Imara’s service users, allowing them to make informed choices about their futures.

Lucy

Lucy

Trainee CHISVA

Lucy joined Imara in July 2023 as a Trainee CHISVA.
 
Lucy has a background working with children and young people in a variety of settings such as schools, residential care and children’s services. Before joining Imara Lucy was a child protection social worker for 4 and a half years, supporting children and families in need. Prior to this she worked as a Teaching Assistant, offering emotional support and guidance to children with special educational needs.
 
Lucy has a passion to support children and young people who have experienced trauma and abuse, and hopes to be able to make a positive difference to the lives of young people who access support from Imara. Lucy works in a child led way and is keen to make sure the young person’s voice is heard.

Catrin

Catrin

Trainee CHISVA

 Cat joined Imara as a Trainee CHISVA in 2023, and is so looking forward to bringing her passion for child protection to a different context. She gained a BSc in Social Policy and Criminology from Cardiff University, and has spent years volunteering with primarily children and young people. She previously worked as a children and teens’ support worker for a domestic abuse charity, where she developed her experience in supporting young people through abuse, trauma, and neglect, alongside working holistically with families, schools and young peoples’ trusted people to move towards healing and recovery.
 
She is a strong advocate for systemic change, and brings honesty, empathy, and authenticity to her relationships with young people. Developing intra-agency links that can create positive outcomes for survivors, modelling positive and trusting relationships, and bringing knowledge to children to enable informed and autonomous decision-making are her goals in work. Outside of work, she loves to read, cook, knit, and solo travel!
 
She has had previous experience walking with both children and families and adult services.

Maia

CHISVA

 

Business Support Team

Alice

Alice

Business Support Lead

Alice first joined Imara as a student intern in the summer of 2016 before becoming Imara’s Project Coordinator in November 2017.
Alice graduated from the University of Nottingham with a First-class Honours degree in Psychology in 2016 before completing her Master’s in Health Psychology, for which she achieved a Distinction in December 2017. Throughout her studies, Alice gained experience working within a range of charities, non-profits and services including Nottingham Nightline, Hope Nottingham Foodbank and an Abbeyfield Society care home for the frail elderly. She is passionate about the charity sector and using the skills she has developed in research and statistics to enable worthy causes to better understand the issue they are tackling, tell their story and evidence their impact in order to access the funding and resources they require.
Alice’s role now as Business Support Lead involves overseeing monitoring and evaluation, marketing and communications, fundraising and systems to ensure Imara’s sustainability and smooth running, enabling the practitioners to provide the best service possible for children and families.

Michael

Michael

Premises Manager

Michael became involved with Imara back in 2016 when he did his first fundraising walk for the charity. He started volunteering for the organisation when Imara moved into the current premises.
Michael has a Zoology BSc and an HND in Applied Bioscience. These are reflected in his passion for gardening and his ability to carry out technical tasks. Michael has cleared the courtyard and turned it back into an enjoyable and usable space. Alongside the outside premises Michael also maintains the building, carrying out DIY and helping to make the project an inviting and comfortable place for clients and staff.
Michael has now transitioned from being a volunteer to a paid employee with Imara. He has continued with gardening and maintenance but has also progressed to running garden and craft groups for families supported by Imara’s therapeutic practitioners.

Catherine

Catherine

Administration

Catherine joined Imara in March 2023 as a charity administrator. Catherine is Passionate about working with people to provide positive experiences and helping improve the lives of young people.
Prior to IMARA, Catherine worked with children, as an activity instructor, a play worker, and a support worker for both children and adults, particularly those with mental health needs and learning disabilities. After several years of doing this, it led Catherine to obtain a first-class nursing degree, practicing as a registered cancer nurse for teenagers and adults.
 
With a natural love for arts and the creative world, combined with a passion to improve the lives of others, Catherine has joined IMARA on a new venture to support the running of the charity and continue supporting positive change for the lives of young people.’

Darren

Darren

Finance Director

Darren qualified as an accountant (ACMA) in 1997 and has done various core and project-based roles within and outside of finance in many different industries including leisure, automotive, and pharmaceutical technologies.  Before Imara Darren was working with a local accountancy practice helping small businesses and other organisations with their year-end accounts, tax returns, and VAT.  Joining the Business Support Team in April 2023, this breadth of experience has prepared him well for the challenge of helping Imara to grow and provide their vital services to more young people.

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Annelise

Administration

Annelise joined Imara in February 2024 as a charity administrator. Annelise gained a first-class honour in English Literature with creative writing in 2018 and then a distinction in her Masters in English Literary Research in 2019, both from NTU. She is currently working towards her PhD in English literature at NTU too. Annelise is passionate about helping and supporting people, and throughout her studies she has taken on roles such as being a helpline volunteer for NSVSS and the NTSU equality and diversity network chair for gender. Annelise has also worked as a Media Officer at Nottinghamshire Healthcare, and a research assistant and lecturer at NTU.
Annelise has joined Imara to further assist in helping others get the support they need and is excited to start her journey in the charity sector.
 

Board of Trustees

Maryam

Maryam

Co-chair

Maryam began her career in the language industry working with people from a variety of different backgrounds including refugees and asylum seekers, as well as military, medical and legal professionals.  
Following the successful completion of her legal studies, she was called to the Bar and now works as a Legal Consultant providing assistance in criminal, civil, contract and international human rights law matters. She enjoys travelling and practicing yoga.

Bea

Bea

Co-chair

Bea has worked with communities on the margins since the early 1990’s. Including: refugees and asylum seekers, care leavers, homeless and vulnerably housed people, as well as new and emerging communities.
In Bea’s words: “My motivation is simple; to bring about change by encouraging participation and creating opportunities for people to ”give voice’ to their experience.”

Panmwa

Panmwa

Treasurer

Panmwa is an accountant with more than five years of experience working in finance positions in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Pan began her career working for Environmental Resources Survey, a division of MYahaya and Associates, a Nigerian private consulting firm, before transitioning into the non-profit sector and joining the finance teams at Mercy Corps, which has over 5400 team members and is present in more than 40 countries worldwide, Oxfam International, which operates in more than 60 countries and has more than 3500 partner organisations, and most recently enrolled for a masters degree, looking forward to completing her education in MSc Finance and Accounting at Nottingham Trent University. Panmwa is driven to work in positions that provide her with the chance to directly improve the environment she lives in, especially the conditions of local children, youth, vulnerable adults, and the elderly in the community. 

Zoe

Zoe

Marketing and Communications Trustee

Zoe is currently the Company Secretary and Executive Officer for Flying High Partnership, a multi-academy trust for over 30 primary schools across Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. In her previous role as Vice President of Community and Welfare at Nottingham Trent Students’ Union she worked very closely with the Consent Coalition and the SVAN (Sexual Violence Action Network) to support the sexual violence sector and education surrounding consent. Zoe studied Sports Management at Nottingham Trent University and has previous work experience with children as a gymnastics and football coach.

Charlotte

Charlotte

Trustee

Called to The Bar in 2005, Charlotte spent 2 years working as a Legal Advisor for HMCTS in London.  She was the Hate Crime and Domestic Violence Lead and worked with the Mayor of London to implement his cross agency protocol for domestic violence cases, including the provision of specialist domestic violence courts. 
In 2012 Charlotte moved to Nottingham and was appointed as District Crown Prosecutor for the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Unit for the East Midlands.  She now manages all RASSO cases for the East Midlands.

Sarah

Sarah

Human Resources Trustee

Sarah has been in the world of Human Resources since 2000 and brings with her a wealth of experience from a variety of different businesses, including BAE SYSTEMS, Boots, Carlsberg and is currently People and Culture Director for Staffline Recruitment Ltd.

Since joining Staffline in 2018, Sarah has created a new ‘People’ function that delivers People solutions that support the business’ strategy.  Alongside this, Sarah also takes responsibility for: The Payroll team; Process & Systems; Brand & Marketing!  Variety is certainly the spice of life for Sarah, keeping her happy, extremely busy and energised!

Sarah is most passionate about delivering People & business performance through the creation of an inclusive culture where people can have memorable experiences and enjoy coming to work each day.

Hannah

Hannah

Fundraising Trustee

Hannah became a trustee with a focus on fundraising and business development. Since graduating from the University of St Andrews, Hannah has over 10 years’ experience of working in both the NHS and the third sector, including a number of years as Head of Business Development for a national youth violence charity. Hannah has worked as a commissioner of health and justice NHS services, including the provision of Sexual Assault Referral Centres across the East Midlands. She is currently Deputy Head of Mental Health Transformation for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and has a particular interest in child and adolescent mental health as well as trauma-informed practice. Outside of work, Hannah is a mum to a lovely 3-year-old and likes to relax when she gets the chance by playing my cello with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

How you can help us

We rely heavily on fundraising and donations to deliver the service that we offer. You can help support Imara by donating, volunteering, attending fundraising events or organising your own. For more information on fundraising for Imara, visit our fundraising section or contact us for a fundraising pack. 

If your company operate a ‘charity of the year’ scheme or are looking for a voluntary organisation to support, please email us at info@imara.org.uk and let us know how we can be put forward for selection.