About US

May 15, 2021

4Wings was initially set up to work with survivors of abuse or trauma but subsequently became more aware of a specific group of people who experienced trauma, but in addition to this suffered multiple other layers of oppression that further contributed to their marginalization and mental health difficulties. Most members of this group of asylum-seeking and refugee women had to risk their lives to flee their own country, suffer the loss of identity, home, and community, as well as discrimination and exclusion. Apart from this, waiting for an asylum decision or readjusting to a new country after receiving refugee status, can be an isolating and traumatic experience

We believe that whilst survivors do require counseling to come to terms with what they have experienced, in order to truly move on and reduce re-victimization, a forward-facing after-care service is needed. One that focuses on rebuilding self-esteem, increasing self-worth, enabling self-efficacy, options building for the next step in their lives and ultimately breaking the cycle of victimisation.

Our activities include personal growth coaching, support network (coffee mornings), drop-in sessions (to assist with job search, CV writing, mock interviews, etc), creative workshops (art, dance, drama, poetry, drumming), fitness and self-defense classes and mental health advocacy sessions.

OUR TEAM


Ciiku Sondergaard

Is 4Wings’ service director whose academic background includes studies in Sociology, Criminology and Communication (University of Liverpool). She has trained in Personal Development Coaching, Mindfullness, Family/Community Mediation and Mental Health Advocacy. Ciiku is also a qualified workshop facilitator and deliverer. One of the programmes she has designed and delivered is the WINGS Empowerment Programme- a ‘next steps’ forward facing personal development course that inspires participants, many who have traumatic pasts to discover their own strengths and be in charge of their future plans. Her personal experience was her drive to found 4Wings after she identified a gap in the after care service of abuse victims.
Email: c.sondergaard@4wings.co.uk


Marie-Claire Uwera

Is 4Wings’ managing director, has a Professional Studies Diploma in Psychopedagogy & Methodology and an Extra Mural Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Dynamics. She is an experienced manager and support worker and trained in Health and Social Care for Adults. She also has a Certificate in Making a Difference Across Cultures and Group relations on Role, Creativity and Negotiation. Marie Claire overcame trauma after surviving a Rwandan Genocide & has also experienced isolation; lack of social and emotional support challenges linked to her personal immigration journey in UK.
Email: mcuwera@4wings.co.uk


Geri Ganeva

Is a 4Wings Director. Geri’s diverse academic background is in Philology, Psychology, Counselling, Social Work, Education, Performing and Visual Arts. Her research interests include the areas of participation, where issues such as power inequality, marginalization, displacement, trauma and identity, are addressed. Geri’s work at 4Wings explored recovery and healing through creativity, establishing a sense of home and connectedness to others.
Email: gerganaganeva@yahoo.com


Keshi Makridis

Is a non-executive director at 4Wings who has a BA in International Business and a Masters Degree in Communication and Cultural Encounters. She has written Projects reports on Acculturation in Danmark, The Australian National Identity in a multicultural nation, Media Discourse analysis and the net (DANISH CARTOON by CNN and Al Jezzira) and Straight talk -the voice of youth in Western Kenya. Keshi’s research interests are diverse and include: women’s issues, Immigration and Identity, Inter-Cultural/Cross- Cultural communication and Language & Culture.
Email: wmakridis@gmail.com


Zahra Muhsin

Is a non-executive director at 4Wings who has an MS degree in Computer-Based Information Systems (IS). She joined 4Wings in 2016 as a participant and moved on to a non-executive director in 2017. Zahra is a qualified IS expert and Website designer/developer. Zahra has successfully completed and delivered numerous IS projects in the UK and abroad, thus has the multicultural experience that she thoroughly enjoys. She published her research in international journals and conferences. Currently, she is working as a web lecturer at SAE Institute, Liverpool
Email: zjmuhsin@4wings.co.uk


Jamila

Jamila is a mentee at 4Wings and is currently studying Art & design. She would like to be an Art Therapist in the future and use her skills in the community.- “Although I’ve faced challenges in the past, right now my life is kinda good.
Email: jamila@4wings.co.uk

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