Grassroots people #1 – Alex

We are a small team at Grassroots and we wanted to share with you the people and personalities behind the roles and share with you what the best things are about working for Grassroots and a few other choice questions. First up (in no particular order):

Grassroots staff member Alex, smiling in the office.

Name:
Alex Harvey

Role at Grassroots:
Acting Chief Officer 

What is the best thing about working at an organisation like this? 
The lovely people. Knowing that the work is having a real impact in breaking down fear and preventing tragic outcomes.  

Which project has given you most enjoyment? Or are you most proud of?
Reading the 6-month follow-up surveys from training is always a proud moment, as you hear about the real-world impact. There are lots of amazing people who do our training and use the increased skills and confidence to help save lives. That’s the best bit really.

Working on the Stay Alive app has also been a real privilege. It’s already helping lots of people, and there’s still huge for potential for development. 

What are you looking forward to in the year ahead? 
The upgrade of the Stay Alive app which is due for release this summer. It’s taken a few years, and this final stage is taking longer than expected, but it will hopefully be a significant improvement for users.  

What will you take and keep from lockdown? 
Ralph and George, who were born on March 16th, and have been the centre of our lockdown. There’s nothing more special! 

On a wider level, knowing that the world is full of kindness, and that real, significant change really is possible.  

And what will you gladly leave in lockdown? 
Increased screen-time and video calls – talking to people without really being with people. This kind of communication can be incredibly efficient, and is perfect for certain meetings, but something profound is lost when it becomes the only way of relating.  

How do you relax? 
Being with family and friends, meditation, music, cooking, jokes, my cat Didi, listening to the rain. 

Favourite sandwich filling? 
Grilled cheese, with either mayonnaise, brown sauce, or tomato soup for dipping.