Our staff

Pauline Nandoo MBE, Director

Pauline Nandoo MBE, Director

Hi, I'm Pauline, the Director. I started in 1999 to expand the work of the organisation across the borough, after it opened in 1997 at the Copleston Centre. It’s a pleasure to be managing our fantastic team and making sure that we are supporting people.

Pauline has been awarded an MBE for her work with SDCAS.

Warren, Early Action Development worker at SDCAS

Warren Lee, Early Action Development Worker

Hi, I’m Warren. I work part-time as SDCAS's Early Action Development Worker, specialising in homelessness. My role is a part of the Early Action Network coordinated by Refugee Action. I joined SDCAS in August 2016 as a general volunteer, was the gardening coordinator in 2017 and have been in my current role since January 2018. Before joining SDCAS, I volunteered in Greece and Calais and completed a Master's degree in Refugee Studies at South Bank University.

Judith, SDCAS Administrator

Judith Ahikire, Administrator and Bookkeeper

Hi, I'm Judith. I joined SDCAS in 2014. I currently work as Administrator and Bookkeeper – very interesting roles, of course, with challenges sometimes, but these are very good for the brain. I like what I do and I like SDCAS as a whole, with its excellent team.

Bettina Dreier, Day Centre Lead

Bettina Dreier, Day Centre Lead

Hi, I'm Bettina. I joined SDCAS in 1997 to manage the drop in service at the Copleston Centre. I am now Day Centre Lead at our Copleston site on a Tuesday and at our Trinity College Centre site on a Wednesday.

Issy Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator

Issy Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator

Hi, I’m Issy. I joined SDCAS in 2023. In my role, I get to recruit and oversee all of SDCAS’s fantastic volunteers, and work with our volunteers to improve and expand our services. Outside of SDCAS, I spend much of my time doing campaign work. Drop me a message if you're interested in volunteering with us or supporting other campaign groups that are fighting the hostile environment.

Olabisi Taiwo, Early Action & Mental Health Development Worker

Olabisi Taiwo, Early Action & Mental Health Development Worker

I'm Ola. I work with Warren as SDCAS's Early Action and Mental Health Development Worker.

Vanessa Sutherland, Play Leader

Vanessa Sutherland, Play Leader

Hi, I'm Vanessa. Each week, I welcome between 15 and 20 children to our creche. I also run activities during school holidays.

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Alex, Advice Triage Coordinator

Hi, I'm Alex. I joined SDCAS in 2021. In my role, I oversee clients coming into SDCAS and support the running of our advice service.

Lucy Parker, Homelessness Worker

Lucy Parker, Homelessness Worker

I'm Lucy. I joined SDCAS as a volunteer advisor in 2020 and went on to work as an advisor with people who were staying in bridging hotels in Southwark, having fled Afghanistan in the summer of 2021. Having worked around the issue of housing access, I now work with SDCAS clients who are experiencing homelessness.

Milly, Centre Manager for Operations

Milly, Centre Manager for Operations

Hi, I'm Milly. I’ve just joined SDCAS. I currently work as Centre Manager for Operations – managing the operations across our 3 centres and working closely with the wonderful team to help them deliver in their roles. I am recently back from volunteering in Calais with renewed energy to push back against the hostile environment.

Craig, Triage Worker

Craig, Triage Worker

Hi, I’m Craig. I joined SDCAS as a volunteer in 2021 and went on to work on the Streamlining Asylum Processes (SAP) project in 2022. I now work with SDCAS as a Triage Worker, supporting incoming clients to access our services.

Genet, Cook at SDCAS

Genet Beyene, Cook

I'm Genet, SDCAS's cook. My team and I serve around 100 hot meals every week at the day centres, often using ingredients grown in our gardens.

Alice, Advice Coordinator

Alice, Advice Coordinator

Hello, I'm the Advice Coordinator at SDACS. I oversee the advice service and the advisors, both staff and volunteers. The advice team ensure our clients have access to AQS regulated advice across a number of areas. I have a background in International Human Rights Law and previously worked as a Senior Asylum and Immigration Caseworker before moving to SDCAS in January 2024.

Robert Rush, Gardening Coordinator

Robert Rush, Gardening Coordinator

My name is Robert. With a background as an artist, I originally ran art workshops at SDCAS. These days you're more likely to find me a bit muddy in our garden. I love growing vegetables and fruit and building structures to support them. I work with our clients one to one and in groups to run different activities in the garden. This can be anything from planting seeds to baking bread. I believe in the healing power of nature and of working with others.

Ewa, Monday Day Centre Lead

Ewa, Monday Day Centre Lead

Hi, I'm Ewa and I manage the drop in service at our newest centre in South London Mission. Outside of SDCAS I work at Migration Yorkshire and focus on establishing employment and training opportunities.

"When I come with my immigration problem, they were there for me. When I feel stressed they were there for me. And still they are there for me"