Our Management Committee [MC] oversees the governance of AWAAZ. Put simply it makes sure that we don’t over promise and under deliver. The MC scrutinises what AWAAZ has promised to do in its Service Level Agreements and makes sure that this is being done. It is made up of professionals, volunteers and service users. The MC, along with the Executive Director and staff members, proposes ideas and sets ambitious targets for AWAAZ.
Its current Chairman is Barnie Choudhury. Barnie is a former BBC journalist who has reported on mental health issues for the past 30 years.
AWAAZ is proud to say that its Patron is Lord Patel of Bradford, the former Chair of the Mental Health Act Commission, Delivering Race Equality and pioneer of a form of community engagement.
Executive Director: Angela Kandola
Angela has been with the organisation since it began. She has worked tirelessly to build and maintain the organisation’s reputation and made sure that AWAAZ went from being a ‘resource’ to win charity status. Her passion is to break down barriers and stigma on mental health issues within the South Asian Communities. Angela knows that without the support of key stake holders mental health services for the different communities will diminish. That’s why she has arranged numerous high profile visits for senior NHS leaders and has put Nottingham’s NHS services to South Asian communities on the map.
In the past Angela led a community engagement project for the University of Central Lancashire and organised a conference to publicise the findings.
Angela dedicates long hours, outside her day job, to help stake holders with what ever they need. She feels this will help their understanding about the specific needs of South Asian mental health service users. Even today, when someone needs advice, information or case studies, Angela will do her very best to assist because she cares passionately that anyone who needs help gets it.
Staff and Volunteers
AWAAZ’s staff work tirelessly to deliver a culturally specific service for the individuals that engage with the service.
Our team has now changed to a diverse team to fulfil the remit of the service delivery. We have a diverse range of volunteers to assist in the function of AWAAZ. They are on the management committee, provide admin support and raise awareness of AWAAZ through events, supporting other service users and the most powerful way, through “word of mouth”.