María José Pavez Larrea
Co-General Manager, Policy Officer,
Grampian Health & Diversity Network Project Coordinator
I started volunteering at GREC in 2019, supporting different research initiatives. In addition to the role of Co-General Manager and Policy Officer, I currently coordinate 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.
Casework and New Scots Project Coordinator
I’ve been happily working at GREC since 2018, across various projects, beginning with the Language Café, then coordinating our Casework and New Scots projects, before moving into a Co-General Manager role in 2023. It’s a privilege to work here and contribute towards advancing equality and equity in the North East, especially as part of this team.
I reached my 30th anniversary with GREC in 2022, and can’t imagine having been happier or more fulfilled anywhere else. I work behind the scenes supporting my colleagues, providing tech advice, and handling all the details that keep GREC running smoothly.
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.
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.
Counselling Service Manager
Language & Integration Development Worker
I run the language and integration projects at GREC, including the language cafés. These weekly sessions are great opportunities for people to practice English in a relaxed setting, while learning about life in Aberdeen and Scotland. Since 2017, we have welcomed people from more than 35 different countries, all ages and walks of life.
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.
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.
Language Café & New Scots Development Worker
I work in the Language Café, helping “cafetistas” gain confidence in their English skills and find support and fun activities in Aberdeen. I support New Scots by delivering digital inclusion projects for people seeking asylum. I also developed social cartography about the city, with an “Emoji Map” of New Scots’ feelings in Aberdeen. Working at GREC is a great opportunity to engage with different communities, helping them feel empowered and promoting a sense of belonging and inclusion in Aberdeen.
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.
No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF): Tackling and Preventing Destitution Project Coordinator
I started volunteering with GREC in March 2022, teaching English to a small class of students. Before that, I did similar work in Lancashire with asylum seekers and refugees. In June 2022, I was very pleased to begin coordinating the new project, Tackling and Preventing Destitution, for people with No Recourse to Public Funds. It is an honour to work with the GREC team, who stand up for human rights and a fairer society for all.
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.
Sendi Nanbam Akale
One of my responsibilities at GREC is to provide support, advice, advocacy, and mediation to individual clients, either at the language café or through general referrals as part of the casework team. Some aspects of my career have involved project support, coordination and advocacy for non-governmental organizations in West Africa. I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals and genuinely enjoy advocating for fairness and equality.