Meet The Team

Our Team

sThere are lots of opportunities to meet the WLCA team at events and activities in and around Perry Common.  The team are based at our offices at Perry Common Community Hall and Sycamore Court.  You can call us on 0121 382 1930, email or come into our office at Perry Common Community Hall (between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday) to find out more.

 

Afzal Hussain

Chief Officer

Afzal.Hussain@wittonlodge.org.uk

With many years of experience in project management and leadership, Afzal has responsibility for managing WLCA, ensuring that our organisation grows and we are able to support even more people in our local community.

 

Fauzia Begum

Wellbeing Officer

Fauzia.Begum@wittonlodge.org.uk

Fauzia works as part of our Living Well Team.  She conducts wellbeing assessments, social-prescription, and activities to help people in Perry Common and beyond enhance their lives through improved health.

 

Sarah Blackstock

Health & Wellbeing Manager

Sarah.Blackstock@wittonlodge.org.uk

Sarah takes an active lead in supporting the local community to be healthy, leading a wide variety of exciting initiatives and services to minimise the impact of health issues.  She is currently working with local groups to achieve this.

Rebecca Craddock

Wellbeing Officer

Rebecca.Craddock@wittonlodge.org.uk

Rebecca supports people in the local area to make positive changes which will improve their health and wellbeing. She conducts wellbeing assessments, social-prescription and activities to help people in Perry Common and beyond enhance their lives through improved health.

 

Kay Blundell

Office Manager / Senior Administrator

Kay.Blundell@wittonlodge.org.uk

As Office Manager and Senior Administrator, Kay makes sure that our offices at Perry Common Community Hall and Sycamore Court are running smoothly and that administration is organised and up-to-date – ensuring that all the WLCA team stay organised.

 

Natalie Downey

Quality and Compliance Officer

Natalie is our super-efficient assistant who works closely with senior managers and directors to provide administrative support and ensure we are compliant in all aspects of our organisational duties.

 

Alison Lynch

Cleaning Operative

Alison works hard to keep our working and community spaces clean, tidy and safe. Alison can often be seen doing her cleaning duties very early in the morning – before most people get in!

 

Dawn Franks

Wyrley Birch Sessional Worker

Dawn.Franks@wittonlodge.org.uk

Dawn is a familiar face around the local area.  As part of our community work in Wyrley Birch (located about half a mile from Perry Common), Dawn has been arranging activities and speaking with local people.  She helps out on Friday mornings at the Orchard Tea Room in Witton Lakes and also works with a number of other local organisations doing excellent work.

 

Iram Fardus

Employment & Skills Development Manager

Iram.Fardus@wittonlodge.org.uk

As our Employment & Skills Manager, Iram is Team Leader for the Jobs & Skills team. Iram oversees a wide range of projects to help local people, with everything from our Job Club, Youth Promise Plus, Health Works and much more.

 

Gareth Hopkins

Homes And Properties Manager

Gareth.Hopkins@wittonlodge.org.uk

As leader of our Housing Team, Gareth manages all WLCA’s 187 properties, including our 40 apartment extra-care scheme at Sycamore Court.  This includes everything from making sure our homes are well maintained to negotiating contracts and overseeing our letting process.

 

Cecil Leachman

Building Supervisor

Cec keeps our buildings maintained so that everyone who comes into Perry Common Community Hall and Sycamore Court enters a safe environment.  If you ask for tables to be set out for your event, or other equipment set up, it will be Cec who will do this for you.

 

Dellano Lewis

Placement Youth Ambassador

Dellano.Lewis@wittonlodge.org.uk 

Dellano works in our Jobs & Skills team.  His role is to help people with their employment needs, giving advice and support to find work and further training.  His role is focused on people who are 16-29 years old.

 

Lorna Pusey

Independent Living Co-Ordinator

Lorna.Pusey@wittonlodge.org.uk

Lorna is directly responsible for attending to and managing the diverse needs of our residents at Sycamore Court. In particular she plays an integral role in supporting, developing and enabling individuals to attain their goals and pursue an independent, positive and fulfilling lifestyle. Lorna achieves this by utilising an open minded approach to her duties which are focussed on helping people achieve positive goals while living as a respected member of the sheltered housing scheme and the local community it sits in.

Lorna has regular meetings with each resident to work closely with them in order to create a bespoke support plan which is centred on the individual. This helps residents to nurture their own choices, self-awareness and self-confidence. Lorna is also available on a daily basis for support service sessions, held and co-ordinated to ensure people’s individual needs are being met and that any concerns they may have are being promptly dealt with. Where necessary Lorna works in partnership with external service providers and support agencies to maintain or improve residents’ physical, social, mental, financial and emotional wellbeing.

 

Paul Tse

Flourishing Community Development Officer

Paul.Tse@wittonlodge.org.uk

Paul is the team member responsible for organising many of the community events we hold every year, including our very popular Spring Into Spring festival and Christmas On The Ring.  He provides advice and support at our Job Club on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and works behind the scenes on a wide variety of projects.

 

Michael Lamb

Homes & Property Apprentice

Michael.Lamb@wittonlodge.org.uk 

Michael supports the housing team on anything from rent collection, to reporting repairs and maintaining our homes. If you contact us about a repair or housing issue, Michael will be happy to help.

 

Steve Sharma

Communications Officer

Steve.Sharma@wittonlodge.org.uk

Steve co-ordinates all external and internal communications for the Association ensuring that residents, the local community, partners, stakeholders and staff remain informed on all our activities, projects and events. He also manages our social media platforms and, working with the print and broadcast media, keeps the general public and wider community updated on the latest Association news and developments.

Hyacinth Smith

Welcome Officer/Administrator

Hyacinth.Smith@wittonlodge.org.uk

Hyacinth provides efficient front-of-house services at Sycamore Court during office hours (9am to 5pm) Monday to Friday, responding to tenant and resident queries and providing advice and guidance for people to access support services. She also carries out daily wellbeing checks and assists with activities that enhance residents’ quality of life.

In her administration duties Hyacinth deals with contractors, suppliers and stakeholders who deliver services at Sycamore Court.

 

Barbara Priest

Housekeeper

Barbara.Priest@wittonlodge.org.uk

Barbara works to keep Sycamore Court clean and tidy for residents and make sure that Perry Common Community Hall is equally tidy and presentable for staff and visitors who use the facility. She also assists with Witton Lodge Community Association activities and events and supports residents to ensure they get the help they need when required.