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 & AAIM Project Worker
I started at GREC in 2019, on the Outreach project, and now I also work on financial inclusion to prevent loan sharking – AberdeenAIM. I love that every day is different at GREC, and it’s been inspiring to work directly with Aberdeen’s vibrant communities.
I’ve worked for GREC since 2016, across two different projects. Among other things, I provide employability support, organise events, do research and training, support equalities groups, and work on the GREC website. But my most important job is looking after Millie, GREC’s unofficial office dog.
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
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.
Social Worker in Training
At GREC, I support individuals through Casework and the New Scots project. I am passionate about human rights, tackling inequality and inspiring change. My background includes supporting older adults in a variety of settings and supporting individuals experiencing homelessness and mental health issues.
Social Worker in Training
GREC is my third placement as a final-year Social Work student. In my previous placements, I worked with people with substance misuse problems, and with children and families. I originally come from Poland, and have lived in Aberdeen for the past 8 years. I consider it my second home.