NuHi was founded by Yaina Samuels, using as a starting point her personal experience of fifteen years of drug addiction, the dark life that went with it and her struggle to find recovery initiatives that worked for her. Her working career spans twenty five years working in housing, health and social care supporting people with complex needs. NuHi is run by people who have personal and professional experience of addiction, treatment and recovery. We believe that current and former drug or alcohol users are part of the solution not the problem.
We design and deliver bespoke interactive training workshops using the skills, knowledge and experience of our committed volunteers. We trade by selling our training to the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. The income generated from sales is used to build the skills capacity of the volunteers, meet our operational costs and to grow the business throughout Wales and internationally, including our current community partnerships projects in Africa.
We provide coaching and mentoring to volunteers to build their confidence and self esteem. We place a high value on personal experience, and involvement in all aspects of the business is actively encouraged.
We are experienced in working with individuals and groups with diverse and often complex needs in collaboration with housing, health, education, social care, statutory, voluntary agencies and criminal justice services.
The NuHi Team
About Yaina Samuels
Yaina is the founder of NuHi Training a social enterprise company set up in 2010 and run by people with personal experience of addiction, treatment and recovery. NuHi designs and delivers substance misuse training to the wider community.
Yaina recovered from fifteen years of heroin addiction and a five year methadone treatment programme back in 1989. Her working career now spans twenty-five years working within the housing, health, and social care sectors. Her passion is the empowerment of disadvantaged individuals and groups; her work involves mentoring and support for people with complex needs including drug, alcohol and mental ill health, offending behaviour and prostitution.
In May 2016 Yaina was awarded ‘Innovative Trailblazer of the Decade 2016’ from the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF), in New Delhi India. WEF is part of the ALL Ladies League (ALL), the world’s largest league of diverse and positive women uniting and uplifting the world. ALL is the largest networking chain for women with over 30,000 members (and constantly growing) and has over 500+ chapters which includes diverse collaboration spanning 110 countries across the world
In December 2015 Yaina was awarded an Enterprise Wales Award (EWA) 2015. The EWA acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of Welsh entrepreneurs and businesses in Wales.
In March 2014 Yaina was awarded the prestigious St. David Award for Citizenship by the First Minister for Wales, in recognition and celebration of her recovery work and achievements in Wales and Africa.
In 2013 Yaina piloted a substance misuse workshop at a school in Waterloo village, Sierra Leone. In April 2014 she was invited to Hargeisa, Somaliland where she designed and facilitated training workshops to doctors, nurses and community health workers on the topic of mental health and khat, a plant chewed for its stimulant properties, banned this year in the UK.