Meet the Team
Debbani joined the organisation in 2006 as a project coordinator supporting visually impaired service users to live independent lives. She was appointed as a manager in 2008 to oversee project deliveries and worked independently for some years until a major Big lottery funding was secured. Since then, the organisation has grown to ten staff members, maximising income. As the organisation’s CEO, she is responsible for the effective leadership and management of the organisation, ensuring financial stability and growth. Putting the service users’ needs first, Debbani has expanded the organisation, developing and delivering a wide range of services. The organisation was set up as a self-help group and now proudly delivers various contracts in line with its core values. This is bringing the organisation into mainstream.
Azra provides information and guidance on a range of issues including benefits and the importance of eye health care. Azra also runs group activities such as, luncheon groups and activities which promote increased physical and mental health.
Nirdesh provides advocacy support, information and advice on welfare benefits for service users with visual impairments and those who face sight loss due to glaucoma, diabetes and age-related from the BAME communities. Nirdesh also works on project activities to promote physical and mental wellbeing, raising the awareness of issues that affect people with visual impairments, providing guidance on the importance of eye health, and luncheon groups to reduce social isolation and enrich the lives of service users and promoting independence.
Zoobin plans, delivers and facilitates high quality inclusive advocacy for ABA’s service users. He raises awareness around living with sight loss and supports the independence and inclusion of people with visual impairment.
Rashida is the Carers Coordinator at ABA Leeds. Her role at ABA focuses on providing advice and support to unpaid carers within the BAME community. She understands the challenges they face and the importance of recognizing their efforts. Rashida plays a key role in the “Aasara” project, which aims to raise awareness and provide essential services to unpaid carers. She is excited to contribute to the project’s success and is dedicated to ensuring that carers in the BAME community receive the support they need.
Farida Ali Nani
Community Engagement Coordinator
Farida has over two years’ experience in community engagement and has worked with diverse communities across Africa and Asia, she is passionate about creating awareness to underserved populations and minority groups. She has recently obtained her Master’s degree in public health at The University of Glasgow.
Has over two years’ experience in community engagement and has worked with diverse communities across Africa and Asia, she is passionate about creating awareness to underserved populations and minority groups. She has recently obtained her Master’s degree in public health at The University of Glasgow.
As a community engagement coordinator her responsibilities include creating awareness for good eye care to the BAME communities across Leeds, run events, activities and pop-up events, provide training on good eye care to community groups, liaise with local authority professionals to establish referral pathways, identify the needs within the communities and establish different activities that is accessible and affordable to meet the needs of the communities.
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