FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Amos is a youth worker, activist and community organiser. He was inspired to found Our Second Home by the transformative experience he had in his youth movement, and is driven to empower and develop the next generation of leaders in migrant communities. He has a decade of experience working in community building, and is currently CEO of Mavar. Amos studied International Relations at Leeds University and has an MSc in Migration Studies from Oxford University.
Alon is an experienced educator and researcher. He led a 6-month research project with Crisis Classroom, including 4 months of participatory fieldwork, investigating how non-formal educational spaces are beneftting people across Europe. Prior to this, he oversaw the Role Models Project at Sussex University, and today is a Wellbeing Practitioner at a secondary school in North London. Alon was a leader on OSH Summer Camp 2018, and has stepped up to join the core team for 2019.
Ali joined OSH as its first movement worker in 2021. He took part in OSH's leadership training programme in 2019 and has been a leader ever since. He is a performer, advocate and activist working for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, inspired by his own experiences. As well as OSH, he is active in many other charities.
PROGRAMME AND WELFARE LEAD
Working with young people is something Ella has been doing since she was 17, rooted in her experience with Noam, the Masorti Jewish Youth Movement where she discovered the magic of youth empowerment. After studying History, she came back into the world of informal education working as a movement worker for Noam 2015-16 before segueing into the world of schools and formal education as a learning mentor and careers adviser and later at Shakespeare's Globe. Currently Ella is Senior Education Officer at Step Up To Serve, where she works to promote youth social action.
TRAINING & VOLUNTEERS LEAD
Emma is a theatre-maker, performer and facilitator who is part of an international performance collective. She also runs drama workshops in schools. She has been a youth leader for a decade, starting her leadership journey with RSY-Netzer. Having started leading with OSH in 2018, Emma joined the team in 2020 to facilitate the leadership training programme.
EVENTS AND LOGISTICS LEAD
Alex has 8 years experience working with young people dating back to when she began volunteering with her local youth movement. As she progressed she became particularly in mental health and wellbeing, leading her to become the Head of Welfare and Inclusivity at Noam. Prior to beginning her MSc in Mental Health at KCL, Alex supported children with special needs at a secondary school in North London.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
After completing a marketing and communications graduate scheme in August 2018, Rachel joined a Digital Consultancy, where she is currently working on a project in the public sector. She has been involved in numerous charitable projects, from launching a breast cancer awareness initiative at Durham University to her role as Playlist Project Coordinator at Jewish Care. As Marketing and Communications Lead for OSH, Rachel gets to combine her wish to have a positive impact on the lives of migrants and refugees with her creative curiosity.
REGULAR ACTIVITY LEAD
Bethany is a project lead in a national charity, and has been leading with OSH since 2018.
Nic is Head of Social Action and Interfaith at West London Synagogue. He has worked professionally in both education and refugee humanitarian relief. From 2009-2013 he was the Humanitarian Coordinator and then Programme Manager for the African Refugee Development Centre in Tel Aviv. He currently runs a number of direct service projects for refugees and asylum seekers in London including a Drop-in for destitute asylum seekers, language and employment support for refugees, and Community Sponsorship for a family of Syrian refugees. When not working Nic can be found playing Duplo with his four year old daughter Ruby, listening to Erykah Badu.