Ibi started with WAPPY when her daughter joined the project in October 2011, and since then she has been providing WAPPY with catering support including behind the scenes food preparation and cooking for WAPPY's workshops, and social local and national events.

With a background as a Housing Officer in North London, Ibi became a nanny in 1995, and more recently in 2006, she volunteered with the Acton -bases youth group, 'Descendants', during which time, she gained training in volunteering by Ealing Council. Through Kyria Ltd she has also acquired a certificate in Impacting in Your Community.

Rahwa Ghergish joined WAPPY in January 2010, having previously worked in Sales (2001-2007) and Health & Beauty (2002-2003). Fluent in Italian, English and Tigrinya Ethiopian and Eritrean dialect, Rahwa has NVQ qualifications in Childcare, Computing and Food Safety. She has contributed to WAPPY significantly in helping to support our creative workshops, organisation in WAPPY activities, supporting members with their drama in preparation for final public showcases, escorting our youngsters on trips, helping out with the ‘Tuck’ Shop and catering at public events, working as part of a team to work collaboratively with other organisations and partners, taking part in safeguarding training and staff development. She is particularly sensitive to the needs of children and young people and outside of WAPPY since 2012, she has worked as a qualified nursery/ Acting Manager at Treetops Day Nursery and currently works in another nursery team leading and offering care.

Manjinder Chijarh

Manjinder Chijarh

Acquaye McCalman

Acquaye McCalman ('Leo')

Tony Rowe

Tony Rowe

Lindsay Warne pic

Lindsay Warner

In September 2014, Manjinder Chijarh joined WAPPY as a volunteer Drama Workshop Assistant, helping Grace and John set up workshops, events and activities.

An undergraduate in English Literature with Creative Writing (B.A.), he creates insightful prose and thoughtful poetry that has inspired students and artists alike.

He writes for the Neighbours’ Paper, a free quarterly magazine written by volunteers for the Ealing borough. In his spare time, Manjinder enjoys graphic novels and self-help books, regularly tinkers with software and helps out at charity events. We are very thankful to have him on our team.

One of WAPPY's pioneering members in 2009, then 10 years old with a zest for creative writing,Linday has joined WAPPY in May 2018, while in her second eyar at Exeter University Uni reading English Literature and Publishing.

Acquaye is a self-taught pianist from five years old, with an interest in music composition, song - writing, performance and animation. Having won two music competitions he has performed his songs and piano pieces at various educational and community sites including Ealing Jazz Festival, Christchurch C of E Middle School, 2000, Acton Community Forum Talent Show, 2007, and Drayton Manor High School Leaving Assembly, 2010. In 2010, he learnt to play steel pan by his father, Dr Lionel McCalman (‘Nappy’), Leader of Nostalgia Steel Pan Band, and has soon become one of the band’s most talented ‘tenner’ players. So much so that he has performed at London 2012’s opening ceremony, and has recently returned from China, where as part of ‘Nostalgia’ which represented the UK, he performed at the Shanghai Tourism Festival 2013. He has also toured with the band for the ‘All American Festival’ in Strasbourg, local and international carnivals and festivals like the Notting Hill Carnival, 2010, 201, 2012 and 2013 and community WAPPY showcases. – He’s been volunteering with WAPPY on a seasonal basis since 2009, playing since 2010, supporting the organisation in various partner events including the Bob Marley 70th Birthday tribute in 2015 and Bob Dylan tribute in 2017. Young people are thoroughly inspired to play steel pan as he is a fantastic volunteer instructor and mentor