Find out a bit more about our staff team here:
Corrina Lawrence – Chief Executive Officer
I have been involved in Feel Good Factor since February 2003 when I was appointed as the then Co-ordinator responsible for the strategic development of the organisation. I have over 24 years’ experience of working in the Third Sector both as the Strategic Lead for Feel Good Factor and as a Third Sector representative on a number of citywide, regional and national boards.
Amareen Afzal – Care Co-ordinator
I am the newly appointed Care Co-ordinator, joining the Feel Good Factor team in December 2020. My role involves developing and co-ordinating holistic, person-centred care plans with people living with frailty in Chapeltown and Harehills, with the aim of promoting health, wellbeing and independence, and reducing isolation.
I studied Politics, Psychology & Sociology, and have since gained over five years of experience working in a variety of voluntary sector organisations in Leeds, including community wellbeing, community union work and organising, mental health and crisis services, and voluntary work supporting people seeking asylum.
Esther Bissell – Community Wellbeing Worker
I joined Feel Good Factor December 2008, originally employed as Healthy Eating Worker having studied Human Nutrition at University and worked as Brand Nutritionist for a large retailer. Since then, I have picked up a number of other projects and work across a range of themes under the Community Wellbeing banner. Along with developing healthy eating activities, I currently co-ordinate and deliver our Money Matters courses in addition to our Modern Living Project, delivered in conjunction with our Orion partners.
John Dracup – Finance Officer
I have been looking after the finances at Feel Good Factor on a part-time basis since 2008 and am really enjoying my work with the charity. In addition to my work in Chapeltown I support two other charities in Leeds, one of these being a member of the Orion partnership.
Angela Goodyear – Operations Manager
I joined Feel Good Factor in July 2015 and have over 18 years management experience across a variety of charitable organisations. My role here is to manage, monitor and develop our community projects and health programmes to enable individuals to improve their life, skills and wellbeing.
I have a reputation for rolling my sleeves up and getting the job done by pulling together resources and working closely with my team.
Kalisha Hamilton – Wellbeing Co-ordinator
I am a new wellbeing coordinator with Feel Good factor. In my role I will be working alongside other wellbeing coordinators taking a holistic approach to support people in Chapeltown to connect with the services that will best suit their wellbeing needs. I love working with people and I am passionate about inclusion and accessibility. Previously I have supported people with mental health issues in both clinical and community settings, including in counselling settings and community crisis service. I have also worked closely with young people and adults with learning disabilities. In my personal time I love being around animals, water, outdoor adventures and exploring and I enjoy rollerblading and spending time with people I care about!
Hiesha Harvey – Community Builder (Carers)
I joined Feel Good Factor in 2017 working on a project called Healthy Lives Healthy Homes as the Peer Support and Activities Development Worker, my role was to provide activities and peer support for older people who have become socially isolated through ill health or caring responsibilities. Previous to this role I worked for Leeds Black Elders engaging with elders in the Chapeltown area of Leeds providing advocacy, activities and general support to help all elders remain in their home for as long as possible. Since the end of the HLHH project I have worked for a Healthcare organisation as a Marketing and Business Co-ordinator.
I am really pleased to have been asked to return back to FGF to be the replacement worker for Community Builder (Carers). I hope to bring my love for engaging with people, motivating individuals and building and developing from the grass roots up, to make a positive change to people’s lives and make the project a huge success.
Divya Khurana – Wellbeing Co-ordinator
I am newly appointed as Well-being Coordinator at FGF. I have been working within third sector since 2015 and have been involved in working with diverse communities and vulnerable adults as a Support Worker. My role at FGF would be integrated with Primary Care Network to improve the way the needs are met as well as providing support to individuals looking for accessibility, support and intervention.
My role would involve and aim to improve physical, mental and social health and well-being by improving quality of life and supporting independence.
Shabana Kosar – Choices Co-ordinator
I started with Feel Good Factor promoting Bowel Cancer Awareness Screening for the CCG working specifically with 12 GP practices to help increase the uptake of screening; I also worked for Public Health promoting Lung, Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening.
Since April 2017 I moved over into the role of Community Wellbeing Worker developing and delivering community wellbeing sessions within Chapeltown and Harehills and now I am Choices Coordinator as of April 2018.
Aulson Lawrence – Connect Development Worker (Men’s Work)
I joined Feel Good Factor in March 2017 and became a community health educator which led me into continuing to volunteer with a range of groups. I was the Healthy Lives Healthy Homes Peer Support and Activities Development Worker (Maternity Cover) developing and set up peer support groups and activities for BME people who are living with long-term health conditions including dementia to help reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing. I am now focusing on Men’s Work as the Connect Development Worker. I will be focusing on bringing people of different cultures together to help build new social networks of friends. I also help run the Saturday social group. I am a local person with the best interest of the local people at heart and strive daily to make a difference.
Beverley Lock – SWIFt Wellbeing Co-ordinator
I am the newly appointed SWIFt Wellbeing Coordinator (Supporting Wellbeing and Independence for Frailty) for Feel Good Factor. The SWIFt project has been running city wide for the past 2 years. My role will be to support people 50+ living with frailty with complex health issues who are often socially isolated. The area that I will cover will be the Chapeltown area and I will work on a referral basis. I will work together with people to develop a plan of action to help them to improve their health and well-being.
I have worked for many years supporting families from diverse backgrounds. I have supported families on a 1-1 basis, to access groups and courses. Dealing with issues such as housing concerns, money management, domestic abuse, isolation, child protection, behaviour management, health concerns, mental health and learning disabilities.
I am looking forward to working in the community that I grew up in and helping people that are living with frailty.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I will be offering a telephone support service. If you are 50+, living in the Chapeltown area and in need of 1-1 telephone support please contact me, Beverley Lock on 07593436607.
Tracy Nicholls – Sensory Impairment Development Worker – BME Communities
I joined Feel Good Factor in June 2017 to start on a new project working with deaf, hard of hearing, sight impaired, severely sight impaired and deafblind people from BME communities living in Leeds.
Before working for Feel Good Factor I was a support worker for seven years with various sensory impaired people. More recently I helped to facilitate a peer support group for deaf people looking at ways of improving their mental health. I’ve also worked as an adult education tutor for learning disabled adults and I used to be a primary school teacher. It was while teaching at a school with a deaf unit that I developed a passion for sign language and I recently completed NVQ Level 6 British Sign Language.
In my new role at Feel Good Factor I am working in close partnership with BID (Lead partner), Association of Blind Asians and Age UK which makes up the Leeds Sensory Impairment Service to help refer people to suitable services. My work will include outreach, community development, supporting the development of social networks and peer support groups to help reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing for Sensory Impaired BME people.
Narinder Panesar – Wellbeing Co-ordinator
I joined Feel Good Factor in April 2016. I am working on a new project Connect Well this service is known as social prescribing which is a non-medical, community-based intervention that offers people the opportunity to improve and enhance their day to day lives by accessing support in their local community.
I have 15 years of experience working with vulnerable adults from all walks of life from diverse communities and have worked on a number of projects in Community and Custody ranging from offending behaviour, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental health, substance misuse, homelessness, debt/finance, physical and learning disability, sex work, personally disorders, forced marriage and immigration issues.
I understand the crucial role of working in partnership and have always sought to establish effective communication and working relationship with other agencies.
Milly Rohman – Community Development Worker
I started with FGF Leeds in Nov 2020 and am happy to share and grow my community development and wellbeing experience. I have worked for Sport England, Higher Education Health Sector, NHS commissioning within CCG’s in Teesside and North Yorkshire. Since 2018 I have worked in the third sector as a Youth/Sports Development Worker and Personal Trainer/Coach for Women and girls in the South Leeds area. Formerly working as a health and wellbeing coach to help people improve their behaviours & habits for better health and longevity in Leeds. My aim is to increase the Health and Wellbeing in the community through Physical and mental wellness activities through the Better Together programme.
Preeti Tyagi – Family Health Co-ordinator
I am one of the newest team members at Feel Good Factor. I am working on a new project supporting families who are shielding from Covid 19. Aim of this project is to ensure that inequalities gap experienced by some families is not widened for those shielding for a prolonged period of time. I have worked in Third Sector for last 12 years. I have experience of coordinating projects with a focus on volunteering, family health and well-being, domestic violence, forced marriage, sexual exploitation and mental health.
Vanessa Williams – Wellbeing Co-ordinator
I am a newly appointed Wellbeing Coordinator for the Feel Good Factor organisation, working in partnership with Linking Leeds and other third-party sector organisations known as social prescribing. Social Prescribing is a non-medical, community-based intervention that offers people the opportunity to improve and enhance their day to day lives by accessing support in their local community.
I am a trainee person-centred counsellor with a couple years of experience working with vulnerable adults and young people from all walks of life from diverse communities. I have previously worked on a project which supported adults with adverse childhood trauma into therapy and supporting client journeys with additional help and support into other services.
I am looking forward to working in the community and helping people improve their health and well-being.
Sue Wylie – Services Support Manager
I joined Feel Good Factor in August 2015 and have 12 years’ experience of working in the Third Sector. I have responsibility for delivering FGF’s in-house support services which include Governance, HR, Administration, Health & Safety, and Premises Management . Previously I had a long career in a number of operational and business development roles within the Banking Sector before making the transition to the Third Sector.
I am an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.