Grassroots people #3 – Michael

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. Next up we have Grassroots Development manager, keen runner and all round good guy Michael.

Michael looks into camera on a high, gently rolling hill.

Name:
Michael

Role at Grassroots:
Development Manager: I help develop our income streams and deliver new exciting projects!

What is the best thing about working at an organisation like this?
The sense of community. We’re a small team, but we work closely with lots of people and organisations. Whatever the project, whoever we work with, we’re always met with warmth, gratitude, and support. People love the work we’re doing. I think this stems from the nature of suicide prevention; it’s for everyone, not a specific group.

Which project has given you most enjoyment? Or are you most proud of?
When my close friend died from suicide in 2016, I began running. Exercise, a feeling of progression, a chance to clear my head – running helped me through a difficult time. I ran the Brighton Marathon 2018 to support Campaign Against Living Miserably, which was an incredible and emotional experience. 

Running did a lot for me and continues to, and I wanted to share the experience! So this year, I helped set up and recruit people for the Grassroots Runners – a group of people taking part in running events and raising money for Grassroots. The Runners launched from the starting blocks, with over 50 runners signed up and a growing online community. We had around 30 runners at this year’s Brighton Half Marathon. I was very proud to see them all in their Grassroots vests! So far, the Grassroots Runners have raised over £25,000 to support our work.

We want to build the Grassroots Runners into a community initiative: group runs; social meetups; and funded suicide prevention training. You don’t have to be experienced, you don’t even have to fundraise; you just have to support our work. To get involved, visit the Grassroots Runners page or email runners@prevent-suicide.org.uk

What will you take and keep from lockdown ?
As a team, we’ve learnt a lot during lockdown. We’ve realised that online work, such as webinars and e-learning, can and should be part of our core activities, not just an alternative during the pandemic. So, I’m excited to see how we fit our new online projects alongside our normal face-to-face work.

Personally, I’ve learnt how to be more productive working from home. I’ve also got an obsession with my tomato plants which I’ll happily keep.

And what will you gladly leave in lockdown?
Seeing a group of people in the park and guessing how many different households they are.

How do you relax?
Running, pottering around the garden, and Friday nights at the pub (or more recently, home-pub nights).

Favourite sandwich filling?
Pret’s “Posh Cheddar & Pickle on Artisan Baguette” – there’s no finer sandwich in the land.