Mariam Baraky, Community Advocate

Mariam joined the Paiwand team in 2017 as a volunteer. She now works as a community adocate, advising people on issues such as housing, debt and welfare.

Volunteer Mentor (Youth Zone)

Volunteer Mentor (Youth Zone)

We are looking for volunteer mentors to work on a one-to-one basis with vulnerable young refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors, aged 11-18 years old, in North West London and elsewhere. The large refugee communities residing in these boroughs point to a clear need to address the well-being of the young members of these communities. The Project aims to support, encourage and productively challenge young people to define and work towards their personal goals. The role will give volunteers an opportunity to become trained as mentors, and to gain experience working with young refugees with complex needs. We will give you training, which is compulsory to complete the recruitment process. The role is subject to enhanced DBS disclosure.

About you:

  • You are passionate and motivated to improve the lives of vulnerable young refugees in Northwest London;
  • You have excellent listening skills;
  • Ideally you have experience of working with young children (but not essential);
  • You’re able to travel to and meet at Paiwand’s office in Harrow and other areas of North West London;
  • You will be able to commit to weekly meetings for a minimum 6 months.

For more information or to apply for the role please send a copy of your CV and application form (below) to Anjali Saran at


Rees Begum, ESOL Coordinator

Rees joined Paiwand in 2017 and has over 15 years of experience in Education especially the post 16 sector. She has delivered training in Numeracy, ICT and CPD for staff development. Her specialism has been in ESOL delivery and training ESOL Teachers.

Ramzia Akbari, Counsellor

Dr. Ghulam Farooq, Mental Health Project Manager

Dr. Ghulam Farooq joined Paiwand in 2013 as Mental Health Advocate and began working as Paiwand’s Mental Health Advocacy Project Manager in April 2014. He has developed and delivers the mental health service, with the aim of improving the mental health of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have experienced trauma.

Theo Fox, Youth Project Manager

Theo is Paiwand’s Youth Project Manager, overseeing all Youth activities for young refugees, including unaccompanied minors. Theo previously worked as a volunteer at Paiwand and is passionate about community-led and creative solutions to unjust problems.

Raziya Zarrien, Cluster Manager - Stag Lane School

Raziya joined Paiwand in 2009 as a deputy head teacher in one of Paiwand’s schools. She now oversees our Saturday School service at Stag Lane School in Edgware.


Extra support for parents

Paiwand runs, 13 week Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities parenting courses accredited by the Race and Equality Foundation across schools in North West London. The classes are held in Dari by two professional parenting instructors, with the aim of improving confidence among Afghan parents while addressing issues such as low attendance, nutrition, discipline, healthy relationships and more. Mothers, fathers and carers come to learn more techniques and strategies for looking after their children in the UK.

After the course, we help the group to set up and run a parent support group in their community.

Classes are 1.5 hours every week for 13 weeks.

To find our more about our parenting classes send us an email to or talk to our team on 0208 905 8770.