Our manager, Sandra Watt, has been in post now for six years. Sandra has been working over this time to develop new projects and partnerships in Sunderland to assist with the general well being of all asylum seekers and refugees in Sunderland and develop their sense of belonging and inclusion.

Sandra is committed to her role and is impressed with the dedication and care that goes into the running oSandra cropped websitef FODI through its impressive team of volunteers.

She continues to network and be an advocate for the asylum seeker and refugee community  in Sunderland.


Fanni Ngambi joined the staff team in this part time role of operations assistant  in April 2022. She is active in helping to run all FODI regular activities as well as being involved in our new partnership with the Secret garden and the Stories of Sanctuary choir for Refugee week 2022. She brings a wealth of lived experience to the role.


FODI is  run  by a group of dedicated  volunteers who give up their free time to run the Drop-In and its many associated activities. Our volunteers are a diverse mixture of people from both the local and asylum seeker and refugee community.

Our management committee consists of:

Stephen Newman:         Chairperson

Felicity Livsey:           Treasurer

Zara Juma:                 Committee member

Jane Nikolarakis:      Committee member

Abraham Eiluorior:   Committee member

Zeinab Cummings:   Committee member

We also have many other volunteers to whom we are indebted for their help and commitment to FODI .