Sikh Sanjog Staff

Trishna

Trishna Singh is a first generation Scottish Sikh. Born in Glasgow in the 1950’s, her education was limited due to cultural barriers she left school at the age of 13. She married and moved to Edinburgh in 1974. She re-entered the world of Education in 2004 and in 2007, at the age of 54, successfully obtained a Degree in Community Learning & Development from Glasgow University.

She founded Sikh Sanjog in 1989 and has almost 30 years’ experience in the community and voluntary sector delivering outreach services, securing funding, providing training, supporting personal development and managing the organisation. In 2007 she was involved in successfully setting up the first Sikh Women’s Social Enterprise in Scotland (probably the UK) – Punjabi Junction, our Social Enterprise Community Cafe.

Her aim is to continue to break down barriers to learning, reducing the obstacles that get in the way of people receiving a service and improving communication between professions about the needs of the Sikh and other BME women. Having studied Community Learning and Development, Trishna is passionate about the ability of the voluntary sector to engage with communities in helping the people and the environment around them; and firmly believes that the flexibility, creativity and tenacity of the voluntary sector will be crucial in tackling the problems emerging as a result of tough economic times.

Her wealth of experience together with her knowledge of ethnic communities and their needs has resulted in her being asked to represent the Sikh Community in a variety of arenas both statutory and voluntary. She has recently been appointed as Sikh Chaplain to Edinburgh University. This year she was awarded the OBE for her services to the Community.

Sinita Potiwal – Café Manager

Cafe Manager

Satnam Singh – Youth and Community Development Worker

Satnam is one of our youth development workers at Sikh Sanjog. Satnam started working at Sikh Sanjog in 2011 working in the community development team where she gained many skills and experience.  Satnam moved to work with the youth work team in 2017 and really enjoys working with the children and young people finding it very fulfilling and satisfying.

Jasbir Singh – Community Development Worker

Jasbir has worked with Sikh Sanjog for 7 years as a Community Development worker and runs a Well Being group for women. Our Health and Well Being group is  focused  on healthy activities, socially inclusive events and educational support to promote health and wellbeing from women from Sikh and other ethnic minority communities.

Iona Dyson – Community Development Manager

Iona started working with Sikh Sanjog within our Youth Work  team two years ago bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous roles within the voluntary sector. She has now taken on our Community Development Manager role coordinating and developing our work within the local Sikh community.

Sabrina Tickle – Youth Development Manager

Sabrina is our youth development manager at Sikh Sanjog and has a background in community and  learning & development and graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2015.  She started working with  the organisation in January 2014 as a youth development worker with the Heritage Project and has since progressed onto the role as manager. Sabrina enjoys her work with Sikh Sanjog and feels passionate about promoting equality and opportunities for the women, children and young people we work with.

Lesley McBain – Office Manager