Our Volunteers

Gifty Green

Gifty is an experienced leader with over 10 years’ experience of managing services and teams within children and young people services. She is committed to improving outcomes for children and families through early help to statutory interventions.

Gifty has a sound knowledge and understanding of the needs of young people and unaccompanied asylum seekers inclusive, sexual exploitation, offending/gangs and mental health. 

She has experience of line management and consultancy support of social workers, overseeing the allocation, monitoring of work, ensuring high quality response, analysis, decision making, planning and review in place.

Gifty brings over 20 years’ experience of social work and youth work to her role as a volunteer at Survivors Can Shine. 

"I feel privileged to be a volunteer for Survivors Can shine as I believe in its vision and mission of helping children, and victims of all types of abuse to have a voice. This is of greater significance in light of continuous failures of services over the last decade resulting in sadly children and their families not being heard and unnecessary loss of life. It gives me great pleasure to give back to a grassroots organisation like this, I have every confidence in Rosa and her Ambassadors to drive the organisation reaching out to children and young people through schools and the community, positively impacting lives and creating much needed change".

Amanda Rex

Amanda is Head of NHS GP Express and NHS Relationships Manager. She leads innovative projects, changing the way that NHS healthcare is delivered. Improving accessibility to patients and alleviating pressure on General Practitioners and A&E. She combines experience from working in both public & private sectors.

Amanda is a Trauma Recovery Mentor. She is passionate about early intervention and prevention and implementing a trauma informed approach across both primary care and public sectors to improve long-term physical and mental health outcomes for children and young people who have suffered adverse childhood experiences.

Amanda is qualified in Forensic Science and is a McKenzie Friend/Court Advocate; she has extensive experience in supporting families navigating their way through complex and lengthy family court proceedings.

Amanda is also a songwriter, producer, and professional voice artist. She plays an active role as a volunteer for us and is dedicated to supporting the work of Survivors Can Shine. 

Miranda Lawrence

Miranda has over 20 years’ experience working with children from diverse backgrounds, in a range of childcare settings from nurseries to Pupil Referral Units. As a young adult she trained as a peer motivator for 13–19-year-olds in Camden.

Her professional roles include Early Educator and Learning Support Assistant, facilitating children with additional needs to access the curriculum. She recently gained a BA in Early Childhood Studies.

Miranda is passionate about putting the child’s voice at the centre of her work, reinforcing positive behaviour. She employs a therapeutic approach to build trust with children who may have experienced abuse or neglect, supporting their mental health and helping them to develop a sense of belonging and self-worth.

As a Parents Volunteer Champion, Miranda has helped families to access local services and make connections in their communities.

Miranda has Makaton training, a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. She’s also an experienced singer/song-writer. Survivors Can Shine are excited that Miranda’s wide range of communication skills will support our mission: to ensure that every child has a voice. We are thrilled to have Miranda as one of our volunteers.