Meet The Team

Tina & Aky Suryavansi

Tina & Aky Suryavansi

Homeless Hampers Management

At a really difficult time in our lives, we were introduced to Homeless Hampers in January 2016. We started as volunteers as part of the Leeds outreach. Within a few months, both Aky & I became volunteer coordinators and organised each of the Leeds outreaches.

At a really difficult time in our lives, we were introduced to Homeless Hampers in January 2016. We started as volunteers as part of the Leeds outreach. Within a few months, we both became volunteer co-ordinators and organised each of the Leeds outreaches.

In October 2017, Aky & I took over full management of Homeless Hampers.

We both work in our full time regular jobs, but most of our spare time is spent running and organising Homeless Hampers.

It saddens us knowing so many people rely on us, but we are committed to support the people that need us.

We are often asked why we do what we do. It’s simple – it’s because we care and know how important life is. Our passion is human compassion.

We both know that without the support of our volunteers and the various organisations we work with, we can’t do what we do.

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Sally Lewis

Sally Lewis

Team Manager / Trustee

I have been volunteering with Homeless Hampers since February 2017, working as part of the weekly outreach team, as well as undertaking secretariat and treasurer responsibilities for the group.

weekly outreach team, as well as undertaking secretariat and treasurer responsibilities for the group.

I am a chartered accountant in the financial services industry, working as a business partner responsible for the financial analysis and appraisal of strategic projects.

I support the homeless community because I am passionate about providing help and support to the vulnerable and those who are unable to help themselves.

I chose to join the Homeless Hampers team because of the dedication and passion that they show to the whole community.  Everyone works together and will go above and beyond to support anyone in need, with both short term needs and longer-term support to get people back on their feet.  They are such a friendly and genuinely caring team of people, it is a truly humbling experience to work alongside them.

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Vicky

Vicky

Team Manager / Trustee

I began volunteering with Homeless Hampers over 2 years ago.  Prior to that I helped a street homeless man and his dog secure his first flat. This included collecting all his furniture and white goods donated from the community I live in.

I began volunteering with Homeless Hampers over 2 years ago.

Prior to that I helped a street homeless man and his dog secure his first flat. This included collecting all his furniture and white goods donated from the community I live in.

Now I work closely with a team in Menston who donate snack pack items which we make up weekly for Street Outreach every Sunday.  I attend Outreach some Sundays.

I volunteer with Homeless Hampers as Tina and Aky work relentlessly to support the homeless and vulnerable communities in Leeds Bradford and Wakefield. Their passion and commitment is the key to the success that Homeless Hampers is today, providing a lifeline to our vulnerable communities.

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Chris

Chris

Team Leader / Trustee

I began volunteering with Homeless Hampers in May 2021 after seeing a post about the organisation on Facebook. I went along to Outreach one Sunday evening and was hooked

I began volunteering with Homeless Hampers in May 2021 after seeing a post about the organisation on Facebook. I went along to Outreach one Sunday evening and was hooked.

Since then, I have become more involved with other aspects of the charity, such as food pack preparation and fundraising and recently had the privilege of being appointed as a trustee. I look forward to spending many years with the incredible team of volunteers at Homeless Hampers, whilst expanding my knowledge and skill set to reach and help more vulnerable and homeless people .

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Ian Pattinson

Team Leader / Trustee

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