Contact Us

For any enquiries you can contact us at

Address: Essence, Kahaila, 135 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB


Meet the Essence Team...


Project Manager

Joanna is one of the founders and Project Manager for Essence, working in women’s prisons in London and the South East since 2012. Joanna has been involved in prison work for about 11 years and has a background in Theology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and youth work. 


Community Development Worker

Ruth has been with the project for nearly 5 years. She has a background in youth work with Christian charity XLP and also working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs.



Paul is the Founder and CEO of Kahaila


Linda is COO of Kahaila and joined us in 2018 from Norway.


Kath is the most recent member of our team, joining us as a sessional myLife tutor in the prison.

PRISCILLA, victoria & kez

Priscilla, Victoria & Kez are our amazing volunteers who we are so grateful for. They give up time each week to help us with tasks like fundraising, admin and delivering our courses.

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If you are interested in volunteering and would like to know more about how to get involved then please get in touch at


Click here to find out about any team vacancies we currently have.