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.
Zobi Barok – Healthy Lives Healthy Homes Co-ordinator
I have been with Feel Good Factor since 2006 and have been involved in a number of different projects and roles. I initially managed the information and training programme which included marketing and setting up the delivery of OCN accredited courses. I moved onto to develop Physical Activity and Mental Wellbeing sessions within Chapeltown and Harehills which include Zumba, a gardening group, Arts and Crafts, Headspace courses and deliver the Community Health Educator’s course.
From April 2017 I have taken on the role of Healthy Lives Healthy Homes Co-ordinator on our newly funded partnership project.
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.
Anika Cumberbatch – Wellbeing Co-ordinator
I joined Feel Good Factor in June 2016 as part of the Connect Well social prescribing service. Which is a non-medical, community-based intervention that offers people the opportunity to improve and enhance their day to day lives by helping them connect and access support in their local community.
I have 8 years of experience working with vulnerable children and young people as a Social Worker. Working with people who suffered from, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental health, substance misuse, homelessness, debt, physical and learning disability, sex work, personally disorders, forced marriage, immigration, and offending behavior. Previous to this I volunteered for a local charity which helped to support families and their children under the age of 7. I understand the crucial role of working in a collaborative way with agencies and local communities and have always sought to establish effective communication and good working relationships with others.
Aparajita Das – Wellbeing Co-ordinator
I am part of the ‘Connect Well’ social prescribing service. I work across three GP practices in North Leeds – St. Martin’s, Allerton Medical and Oakwood surgery. My role is to assess and support people based on their mental, social or physical needs and connect them to appropriate services and agencies. The needs can vary from financial, housing, anxiety and depression to social isolation issues.
I initially joined Feel Good Factor in August 2015 as a volunteer Community Health Educator and then worked as a Community Development Worker managing our work with Leeds South & East CCG on raising awareness of Bowel Cancer screening in Leeds. As part of this I organized various community events with different partners from the third sector to encourage people aged 60-74 to take up the screening.
Damian Dawtry - Community Wellbeing Worker
I joined the Feel Good Factor team as a Community Wellbeing Worker in May 2018, having already worked for the wider Orion partnership for over 3 years. I bring 15 years of community development experience to the organisation, including skills in men’s work, drama, working with autism, fundraising and group development.
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.
Heisha Harvey – Healthy Lives Healthy Homes Peer Support & Development Worker
I joined Feel Good Factor in April 2017 as Peer Support and Activity Development Worker for the second phase of the Healthy Lives Healthy Homes project. My role will be to develop and set up peer support groups and activities for BME people who are living with long-term conditions including dementia to help reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing.
Previously I worked with St Gemma’s Hospice engaging with BME people in Chapeltown and Harehills to deliver awareness about the Hospice and the services it offers. This role (and others) have enabled me to build up a vast knowledge of how to engage with older BME people in the area and gave me a real understanding and appreciation of how important it is to collaborate with other community organisations to deliver the best outcomes for people.
Having grown up in Chapeltown, I believe I understand the changing aspects that can occur in community life and this has given me the passion and drive to work in the area.
Shabana Kosar – Choices Coordinator
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.
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.
Harry Woolner – Wellbeing Co-ordinator
I joined Feel Good Factor in April 2016 as part of the ‘Connect Well’ social prescribing service. My role is to work with two GP surgeries in Chapeltown to support people to access services that will help their mental and physical health. This could be anything from housing advice to exercise classes to creative art groups.
I have previously worked with The Big Issue as well as Barca Leeds on a male suicide prevention project. Also, I am passionate about the natural world and I have supported communities to create wildflower meadows.
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.