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Okela Douglas

Founder and Director 


Okela has worked in the Children and Families Sector in the UK and the Caribbean across almost two decades. She has spent most of her career supporting girls and young women in a range of roles and service provisions, from being a grassroots practitioner to managing and running teams, budgets and departments.


Most recently, Okela has been responsible for writing, delivering and assessing Professional Development for senior leaders across the Sector. In addition, Okela has enjoyed being an entrepreneur, running several successful start-ups with a focus on social change.


Okela holds a BA Hons, PTTLS , and is a qualified Restorative Practice Practitioner, Mentor, Therapist and Assessor. She is one of three sisters and mother to two daughters. Okela is passionate about health and well-being, social mobility and equality. 


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Geraldine Washington

Co-founder 


Geraldine is a sister and a daughter. She is also one of the ‘sisters’ who has informed the content of the Sister System’s provision.


Geraldine holds a BA Hons. Since graduating, she has pursued a successful career in Event and Project Management.


She attended a girls’ secondary school where she overcame many barriers to fulfilling her potential. This was in some part due to her engagement with group and 1-1 work with Okela, as well as with her family. She is passionate about other young women benefiting from the same kind of support network that enabled her to flourish. As such, she has been instrumental to the launch of the Sister System and is excited about the future of the charity and the opportunities it will offer girls and young women.


Geraldine loves living in London and enjoys all the city has to offer.


Sister System is led by a dedicated, experienced board of Trustees who meet quarterly as well as attend monthly board meetings. Our Trustees, alongside our Partners, steer the work of our Director & Founders who ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the charity.  

Soon to come, meet the charity's board members event!

Our Partners

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Sister System is committed to inter-agency working and believes pooling skills and expertise with partners whose aims and values resonate with ours. Ultimately this will enhance the quality and safety of our service delivery and opens additional pathways for the ‘sisters’

Sister system is guided by a Senior Social worker with extensive frontline experience. Our commitment to robust safeguarding procedures are overseen by her knowledge and experience with extensive experience across social care in London, Janice’s advice and guidance is immeasurable in ensuring our safeguarding procedures are robust and effective.


This guidance is compounded by our partner IDVA, Iindependent Domestic Violence Advocate) who helps to steer our programmes contents to ensure it is both accessible and enabling for ‘sisters’ who are survivors of abuse. Celia, who has worked as a witness care officer supporting vulnerable  young survivors and witnesses of ; domestic & sexual violence  through the Criminal Justice System, is an expert in Victim support, effective case management, risk assessments, safeguarding, working in a multidisciplinary settings, advocacy, liaison across services and also specialises in working with domestic violence survivors. The commitment to ensuring the safety of our cohort and empowering them to improve their quality of life is fundamental to all of us.

 

Our partnering  senior tutors add depth to the Sister System programme. Tanya,  founder of Inspire Youth has over 20 years of experience in working with vulnerable client groups within the voluntary, statutory and private sectors and is a specialist in survivor support, risk assessment and safety management. She is an accomplished fully accredited tutor responsible for designing, developing and implementing a number of  interactive and engaging programs and workshops delivered to both young people and professionals.  With a focused lens on the specific skills needed to support recovery and avoidance of abuse violence and trauma,Tanya’s skill adds to a holistic and learner centred delivery.


Mark, injects therapy thru theatre into the workshops. A senior facilitator for amongst other provisions Synergy he, has over ten years experience working with young people and ‘at risk’ groups in the area of criminal justice, developing and co-facilitating theatre-based workshops. He is also a filmmaker, writer, script reader and trainer with a passion for providing young people with the tools to voice their truth and using drama as a therapeutic tool. We partner on our programme contents and delivery and work together to ensure a dynamic and engaging experience.  


The quality assurance of our delivery is not only benchmarked by our accrediting body, Open College Network but also by an independent tutor and assessor with expansive knowledge, skill and commitment to ensuring that all aspects of teaching and assessment delivery are student focused and achieve the highest standards.