We're growing! Welcome our new team
Thanks to National Lottery funding we have been able to upscale our programmes and the development of the Afrocats team to support the growth of our charity. Established as a charity in 2017, we have grown from a team of one to now a team of 11! Now it's time for you to meet the new members of our brilliant and creative team.
Estee Lynch - project producer
Estee is a researcher and report writer. She has experience of working with diverse communities through various activities and thrives in new environment. She is creative and enjoys bringing individuals together to create dynamic interaction. As an academic she enjoys writing and her love for learning new languages has made her comfortable speaking to people who do not have English as their first language
Jordan Sheard - project producer
Jordan is a freelance dance artist, choreographer and producer who’s found home in Manchester. Experienced in facilitating, playing and performing she’s supported companies and arts organisations across the North West and beyond, using her skills in dance and producing as a catalyst to bring people together and create shared experiences of connection. She’s incredibly passionate about building access throughout her work and holding safe spaces for people to explore creatively.
Maisha Kungu - project producer and dancer
Maisha is a freelance choreographer, performer and movement researcher of Keynan and Scottish descent. Her work encompasses contemporary performance art, community outreach, corporate entertainment, parade and street theatre. Maisha's dedication to cultural empowerment through creative practices has seen her work with organisations such as The Royal Exchange, MIF, The Untold Orchestra, Global Grooves, Walk The Plank, The BAME Project and Whitworth Art Gallery.
Naomi Kohn - project producer
Naomi is a trained actor and professional workshop facilitator. She delivers confidence-building drama, radio, audio editing and creative writing workshops around Greater Mancheser area. She specialises in teaching young people how to use their voices and express their creativity. Naomi focuses on playing games and having fun as a means of opening up participants to trusting each other.
Sally Richards - administrator
Sally has a background of working in fashion in a variety of management roles. She is a motivated and hard-working professional. She supports Afrocats with administration duties helping to ensure the smooth operation of all that we do. She also volunteers on various Afrocats projects helping make a positive change for the communities we work with.
Soraia - project producer and dancer
Soraia is a dancer and self-taught writer from Ngola, raised in the Iberian countryside and now based in Manchester. Soraia began her career pursuits at Adantea performing arts school in Spain, pursuing disciplines in dance, drama and signing before focusing on dance. As a natural dancer, Soraia believes a huge part of humankind's discontent with life comes from a lack of body awareness. Breathwork is the main tool Soraia uses to promote in workshops and in daily life, as a conduit for calmness and self-love. Soraia is currently developing a dance project to connect fusion belly dance with mindfulness and wellbeing.
Head on over to our team page to meet the rest of the Afrocats team. Don't forget to follow us on social media to see what we all get up to!