Refuge Children and Family Support Worker

Accommodation Team

Hi I’m Courtney, AKA Co-Co. I am one of the children’s and family support workers based in refuge. I am privileged to be working for TDAS in such an important and rewarding role. I practise child-led support and support the whole family for positive outcomes. It is an honour to work with the children and help to empower them and their families. I aim to make sure every child feels heard and feels safe.


Move on Domestic Abuse Advisor

Accommodation Team

Hi my name is Zile. I have been working for TDAS for the past three years as the Move On Domestic Abuse Advisor. I am a qualified Social Worker with twenty years experience working in the voluntary sector. I have experience working in the following areas of work: welfare rights, mental health, children of prisoners, carers, prison service and children with challenging and behavioural needs. I have vast knowledge and experience of working with Black and Minority Ethnic Communities, addressing issues around discrimination, stigma, oppression and challenging stereotypes. I am able to communicate in Urdu, Punjabi and English.


Diverse Communities DA Advisor

Accommodation Team

Hi, my name is Faiza. I am an assistant support worker. I joined TDAS in February 2021 after completing my undergraduate degree. I have experience in working with vulnerable people and supporting victims of domestic abuse. I am passionate about breaking the cycle of abuse and helping transform people's lives. I am fluent in English, Punjabi and Urdu.


Homeless Move on Domestic Abuse Advisor

Accommodation Team

I started working at TDAS as a volunteer before joining the team as a support worker, where I was involved in all of TDAS’s services from refuge to our programmes. I am now the Homelessness Move On Domestic Advisor and I provide a specialist trauma-informed support service for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to domestic abuse. I offer the early interventions needed to prevent homelessness and provide information, guidance and advocacy for my clients. I also support those who have resettled to maintain their tenancies and stay safe, reducing the risk of them becoming homeless again. My focus is housing, but I also work to help my client overcome any other issues or barriers they might be facing; I inform, encourage and empower them so they feel able to make the positive choices and changes needed in order to move on from domestic abuse


Refuge CYP Support Worker

Accommodation Team

Hi my name is Gemma.

My role with TDAS is CYP and family worker based in refuge.

Being a mum to my 3 children has brought challenges along the way but has given me the most rewarding experiences.

I have worked with children and families for the past 18 years in many roles including child minding, specialist 1-1 primary support and secondary school pastoral/behaviour support.

I firmly believe that ALL children deserve to live in a safe secure and caring environment – It is a true privilege to be a part of TDAS as I am able to help support families and children to begin to feel safe secure and cared for.

Those families who find themselves on our refuge doorstep have somehow found the strength to get themselves there. Supporting families and children to regain their strength and build on their future is my passion.

“We never know how strong we are until strength is our only option”


Domestic Abuse Advisor

Accommodation Team

My name is Sharan, I have three grown-up children and I have worked for TDAS supporting women and children for over twenty years. For ten years my focus was mainly on the support of children and young people specifically. I then retrained and worked in the role of an Information and Advice Worker. For the past six years, I’ve worked as a Domestic Abuse Advisor based at the refuge. I enjoy my role as no two days are the same and it’s fulfilling when you see the positive journey the families make. There’s lots of thinking on your feet and problem solving, but all adds to the sense of satisfaction when the positive outcomes are achieved.


Domestic Abuse Advisor

Accommodation Team

Hi, my name is Karima and I joined the TDAS team in April 2020. I completed my post-graduate studies in 2013 which focused specifically upon domestic violence with a theoretical and fieldwork emphasis. I have since been working in the voluntary sector and have worked predominantly with vulnerable young people and children in various settings. I have extensive knowledge of working with BME communities (BME women in particular) and I am also a fluent speaker of the Arabic language.


Domestic Abuse Advisor

Accommodation Team

Hi, my name is Megan! I’m the children and young person’s sessional worker in the refuge. My journey with TDAS started when I decided to volunteer in June 2020 after completing my master’s degree in the Psychology of Coercive Control. For the past few months, I have had the pleasure of providing play sessions for the children in the refuge and more recently facilitating TDAS’ R’Space sessions.