I’ve been the General Manager at GREC for 5 years now, and I actually started volunteering at GREC when I was at university, worked in a different role when I was in my twenties, and loved it so much I came back! I’m very proud to work at GREC with such an amazing group of people.
I reached my 30th anniversary with GREC this summer, and can’t imagine having been happier or more fulfilled anywhere else. I work behind the scenes supporting my colleagues, provididing tech advice, and handling all the details that keep GREC running smoothly.
I was born in Brazil, and I moved to Italy and then Scotland in 2010. My passion is communication and working with people, so when I learned about GREC and In-Trans, I knew it was the right place for me. Today, I work with more than 160 interpreters and translators from over 50 countries. I am very proud of my team and the high-quality services we deliver.
I started volunteering at GREC in 2013, and since then I have worked as Admin Assistant for the Advancing Equality and Promoting Respect projects. Currently, I am providing administrative support to the In-Trans service. I really enjoy working for In-Trans, as it brings new challenges and every day is different.
I have worked at GREC since 2015, and I am very proud to support our fantastic and dedicated volunteers. Many of GREC’s projects would not be possible without volunteers, so I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed their time and skills over the years.
Counselling Service Manager
I started volunteering at GREC in 2000, and soon I began a paid role to set up a specialist counselling service for adults who needed more intensive support because of their experiences of discrimination and harassment. In 2006 I moved to Shetland, but continued working remotely to coordinate the Counselling Service, now for both adults and children/young people.
My journey with GREC started in 2016 when I started working as an interpreter for the In-Trans service. As the years progressed, I have grown and evolved to become the Communications Officer. Being able to create and distribute information on GREC’s many projects is a very rewarding experience.
Caseworker & New Scots Integration Project Worker
I’ve been happily working at GREC since 2018. In Casework, I help people who are facing unfair treatment because of prejudice and discrimination. I also work with Syrian New Scots, supporting them in building new lives in Aberdeen.
Outreach Worker & Caseworker
I started at GREC in 2019, on the Outreach project, and now I also work on the Casework team. I love that every day is different at GREC, and it’s been inspiring to work directly with Aberdeen’s vibrant communities.
Language & Integration Development Worker
I run GREC’s language café, where people can practice their English in a relaxed setting while learning about life in Aberdeen (online since March 2020). Since 2017, we have welcomed people from 35 different countries, all ages and walks of life. I also run ESOL for Work and Language Works.
Alongside Adriana, I run the Language Café and Language Works, and I teach the ESOL for Work classes.
María José Pavez Larrea
Policy Officer and Project Coordinator, Grampian Health & Diversity Network
I started volunteering at GREC in 2019, supporting different research initiatives. I am currently co-ordinating the Grampian Health & Diversity Network, where we work with Community Connectors to empower people to become health champions for their communities. I enjoy working at GREC and connecting with people from diverse communities.
I’ve been working with GREC since March 2021 as a Community Connector for the Muslim Community, as part of the Grampian Health and Diversity Network. I love working with GREC, the team is so nice and welcoming.
Development Worker, New Scots Active Citizens Project
My adventure with GREC began in 2018 when I started working as an interpreter for In-Trans and I became really invested in what GREC stands for. Since then, I volunteered at the language café and as an interpreter during counselling sessions. Now I’m very excited to be working on a project with New Scots women.
Coordinator, New Scots Digital Inclusion Project
I volunteered with GREC since 2017, and in 2021 I began working to help New Scots develop digital skills in Aberdeen City and Shire. I am passionate about languages, cultural integration, human rights and justice, where GREC stands as an example.
PATH Project Coordinator
I started working with GREC in April 2022 as a coordinator for the PATH Project (Prejudice and solidarity Archived Through History). I am excited to be working with communities to highlight and celebrate their stories, which form Aberdeen’s diverse and inspiring cultural heritage.
Social Worker in Training
As a social worker in training switching from a Legal/HR background, I find the work of GREC resonates with me on different levels. I am very interested in standing against inequality, injustice, prejudice, and discrimination in any form, particularly where it is structural or organised. I am excited to join the casework team where I hope to support people on their journeys to achieve social justice and to make the most of their opportunities and services open to them.