Jonathan Ssentamu

Manager – African Health Project

Office: 0131 5581425 • Mobile: 07429 293545

Why did you choose to work for Waverley Care?

My background is in ‘Community Psychology’. Community psychology is about going beyond the individual, focusing instead on the community, environment and larger influencing factors that affect communities daily lives i.e. culture, economics, healthcare, politics as well as promoting positive well-being. It is about, increasing empowerment encouraging an understanding of each other on issues that society faces in order to prevent problems from getting worse. I started as a volunteer at Waverley Care in 2009. I joined Waverley Care’s staff team in 2011 as an ‘Outreach and Development Co-ordinator’ and worked 6 years until I got the opportunity for my personal development to the position now. I am a person with a passion to promote and encourage African communities and partners for a common good. I believe through working together, service providers can involve communities in the planning, delivering and evaluating of services to maximise a better impact and ensure equitable access for all.

Tell us about life before Waverley Care.

I began my career in Uganda as, ‘HIV and Adherence Counsellor’ with Mild May International Hospital, in Uganda where I worked for 2 years. I then moved to Northern Malawi, where I worked as a ‘Coordinator’ for sexual health and HIV program in a Government Hospital in 2007. During my time in Malawi, I was responsible for the design and implementation of the workplace, program activities related to sexual health and HIV. I trained and supervised staff and community volunteers on HIV testing; home based care and adherence. I facilitated and organised community workshops for peripheral health centres; mobilised participants, networked with partner organisations, coordinated facilitators and lead on the monitoring and evaluation of the processes. After arriving in Scotland, I worked as the ‘Health Lifestyles Activities Coach’ with ‘Muirhouse Youth Development Group’ in Edinburgh. During that time, I promoted health and wellbeing through positive activities and engaged with young people and their families on issues they faced at the time.

What do you most enjoy about working with Waverley Care

Waverley Care is a great organisation to work for, I like the diverse range of services and staff team within the organisation. I like the space to work independently and all my line managers have been excellent. I am a person with a passion to promote and encourage African communities and partners for a common good. I believe through working together, service providers can involve communities in the planning, delivering and evaluating of services to maximise a better impact and ensure equitable access for all.

What do you do in your spare time?

I have personal interests in sports and I have qualifications in ‘coaching football, basketball and running athletics’. I am a strong advocate of healthy living hence; I try to practice what I preach by keeping myself ‘physically and mentally fit’.

Who inspires you?

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