The St John’s Community Services team is made up of a passionate group of people.
Ryan-Community Services team leader
I’m Ryan Naoum, I’m the team leader of St Johns Community Services. The biggest part of my role is looking after and coordinating our awesome staff team and the amazing 100+ volunteers that we have supporting us to run Rough Edges. I have a degree in education and constantly call on my skills as a teacher for training the volunteers to work safely and respectfully in a place like Rough Edges. I love to surf and drink coffee and I attend a church down south where I lead the young adults ministry. I have been married to my amazing wife Rebecca, who is a social worker, for almost 3 years. Come and say hi, I’m a really nice guy.
Paula - Fundraising and community engagement
Hi I'm Paula, I started working as the Fundraising and Community Engagement for St John's Community Services (SJCS) in March 2017. Part of my role incorporates coordinating our Urban Exposure Educational Programs for schools and Corporate Community Days for businesses. In addition to engaging with our local and wider community about the issues surrounding homelessness and building long term relationships with our supporters and donors, my main role is fundraising for Rough Edges. Our major fundraising month is in October, we call it Roughtober. During Roughtober we actively reach out to the community and invite people to sleep rough for Rough Edges (outside on the grounds of St John's Church on a piece of cardboard). This is our major annual fundraising event and all funds raised, ensures we keep the doors of Rough Edges wide open. I have a background in event management, fundraising, public speaking, church outreach and have worked in a variety of Executive Assistant roles to General Mangers/CEO's predominately in the Financial Services Industry. I'm also a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia. I love working in Darlinghurst and getting to know our patrons, local residents and businesses. Not to mention the never ending abundance of great restaurants and cafes to get my caffeine fix! When I'm not at work, I love going on long coastal walks, swimming in ocean pools, practicing yoga by the sea and tying to stay sane being a mum to my two teenage children Josh & Olivia.
Wayne Community ASsistance Co-ordinator
Wayne has been working at Rough Edges since 2005 as a social worker and heads up our Community Assistance and Partnership Program. Wayne has studied Social Work and Counselling and is a qualified trainer in Non-Violent Communication. He is passionate in the use of empathy in ensuring people feel heard and understood and champions this belief in the work he does. Wayne is married to Kate and their daughter is Evie.
Jesse-Rough edges chaplin
Hi my name is Jesse Mawson. I am an Assistant Minister at St John´s Anglican Church. A large part of my role is working as the chaplain in Rough Edges. As part of this, I run a small church community each week called STREETWISE, where we seek to explore the complexities of following Jesus on the streets of the inner city. Before this I lived in Woolloomooloo and served as an intern for HopeStreet. I am nearly finished my undergraduate degree in Theology from Morling College. I am passionate about sleeping, reading, theology (specifically historical theology!), and pursuing what it means for us to follow Jesus in this time and place. I am recently married to my wife Cherry, who loves International development, anthropology, gardening and food!
Belinda - St Johns Legal service Co-ordinator
I am the Principal Solicitor for Paxton Solicitors which provides a legal service to St Johns Community Services. The service is provided by SJCS free of charge. We provide advice, referral, legal assistance and case work in almost any area including: Centrelink, Housing NSW, Discrimination, Criminal Law, Family Law, Domestic Violence, Victims Services and Insurance.
My background is in Criminal Law and I have worked in areas such as public prosecutions, domestic violence and corrections. I have two cheeky boys and live with my partner. I love reading, drawing and riding my bike!
Fridah joined our team in the middle of last year after moving to Sydney from Uganda. She studied IT in India at the ICFAI university and has a desire to see Christ’s love reach those experiencing struggle and marginalisation. She has a husband Francis and loves Indian food and 90s christian rock.