Meet the team: Olivia

Meet Olivia – our Assistant Charity Officer. Being on the training team, Olivia helps facilitate and oversee the suicide prevention courses Grassroots provides, and has also delivered the training herself! Olivia’s work helps equip people to save lives – here’s your chance to meet her.

“Knowing that what we’re doing is having a huge reach and helping start conversations that can save lives makes coming to work feel very worthwhile.”

What is the best thing about working at an organisation like this.  

It’s lovely working as part of a small, friendly team – especially since I started at Grassroots virtually because of Covid. Also knowing that what we’re doing is having a huge reach and helping start conversations that can save lives makes coming to work feel very worthwhile. 

Which part of the job has given you most enjoyment? Or are you most proud of?  

I really enjoy reading the feedback we get for the courses – it’s so nice to hear how the training can increase people’s confidence. I’ve also loved having the opportunity to do some of the courses myself.  

What are you looking forward to in the year ahead?  

I’m looking forward to the courses being in person. I’m very excited to do the ASIST course next week as we’ve started running these again. 

What will you take and keep from lockdown?   

Lockdown has given me the opportunity to take time for myself and slow down my pace of life a little. Since I’ve been less busy I’m a lot less stressed and have been sleeping really well – sleep used to be very hard for me so I’m really hoping this stays! 

And what will you gladly leave in lockdown?  

The lack of physical contact – I’m big on hugs and struggle not being able to squeeze my friends and family. Or even just casually tapping someone on the shoulder.  

Also I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the Grassroots team face-to-face!  

How do you relax?  

I like to snuggle on the sofa and watch films or go on long walks with a pub-stop for a pint halfway. 

Favourite sandwich filling?  

Got to be a Ploughmans.