Alaina (she/her) joined NSUN in 2022. She is Synergi’s Project Co-ordinator for the Remembrance As Resistance workstream, which archives and celebrates organising and activism at the intersection of racial justice and mental health.
Alaina is based in Sheffield. She has a background in grant writing for community organisations celebrating BPOC and migrant cultures creatively through arts and education, and a Race and Resistance history master’s degree from the University of Leeds. Alaina is passionate about resisting the erasure of our histories due to her belief that we can connect and resonate with social justice movements of the past as we continue to build on them in the present.
Alaina works on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Solomon (she/her) joined as Synergi’s Director in late 2023.
She has worked in the non-governmental sector for over 20 years initially in mental health settings before moving to the international development sector. For the last 10 years she has worked for ARTICLE 19 (A19), an International Freedom of Expression organisation. Whilst there, she played a key role in management of large grants and programmes, reporting and compliance of projects and programmes (both A19 teams but also local partners) on freedom of expression, including those that advocated for women and/or LGBTQ+ rights.
Prior to joining Synergi, she was the Deputy Executive Director at Media Diversity Institute (MDI), which works with the media to encourage accurate and nuanced reporting on race, religion, ethnic, class, disability, gender and sexual identity issues in media landscapes around the world.
Debbie currently volunteers with Black Cultural Archives, Black Pride and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is a trustee at METRO which proves health, community and youth services across London and South East
Her other interests include running, hiking, yoga. Pilates, eating out and baking!
Debbie works Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Jessica (she/they) joined as Synergi’s Project Manager at the end of 2022.
They have worked in mental health settings for over a decade, both within mainstream and radical spaces. They have worked in crisis houses, enabling alternatives to hospital admission; and have developed Hearing Voices peer support groups in community settings, prisons, immigration removal centres and hospitals.
Now based in Manchester, she is an integrative psychotherapist practicing within a socio-political framework. She enjoys working with groups and writing training workshops all with the underlying values of community development, anti-oppressive intersectional practice, and a pluralistic framing of distress. They are a trustee at the UK network of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS UK).
Jessica works on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jade (she/her) joined Synergi in November 2023.
Jade provides freelance admin support for Synergi alongside her role as a PA at the University of York. She writes poetry and novels that centre neuro-expansive, multiracial, queer experiences. Jade is part of York Anti-Racist Collective (YARC), a group creating safe, joyful spaces for BPOC in York. She co-ordinates Gentle Hair Days – gatherings for people of Black heritage to style in community, share advice and have open, safe conversations around hair.
Jade mainly works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can contact her at Jade.Richards@nsun.org.uk