Meet the Staff

Service Manager

Vicky Banda   VickyProfile

Vicky joined STaSS in 2014 as Service Manager, after having worked for the British Red Cross for 2 years. Born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Vicky has a (BA) in Sociology from University of Northampton and holds an (MA) in Human Rights from the University of London.

Growing up in a country where there is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, Vicky became aware at a very early age, of the social implications of HIV. She volunteered with a local NGO and participated in various HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

In 1997, The Ministry of National Affairs & Work Employment Creation, selected Vicky to represent Matabeleland Province, to be a part of a Youth Mission in Japan where she networked with peers from across the globe on how they could raise and increase awareness of the issues that were confronted by the people of Africa infected or closely affected by HIV/AIDS.

Vicky was keen to academically reinforce her knowledge and experience within this sector and whilst undertaking her undergraduate degree, Vicky wrote several papers on the stigma and the misrepresentation of HIV/AIDS and how those infected are viewed by the lens of the media and government policies. She wrote a thesis titled “A Discourse Analysis: The Social Construction HIV/AIDS in UK the Media”. 

Vicky’s other research interests vary from Gender Based Violence in Conflict Zones, Truth and Reconciliation, the Involvement of Women within the Peace Process, Social Innovation, Gender Equality, Human Rights Based Approaches to Gender Development in the Global South, Refugee and Migration Issues, Social Justice Issues and Civil Society Mobilisation.

Vicky sits on the Board of Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW) as a Trustee.

Community Champions!chelsy01

 Chelsy Appiagyei is one of our community champions, she is 16 and still studying. Not only does she aid with outreach but she occasionally helps   with the weekly drop in. She enjoys being around and helping people. She is an aspiring social worker and hopes to make a positive impact on people’s lives.