Grace Claydon – Project Worker
Grace was born and raised in Southend. She has lived in Uganda, Tanzania, Norwich and Calais and hopes to continue travelling in the future.
Location: Shared Space, Westcliff
Degrees: International Development
Working Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
I found out about Shared Space after getting involved with Church from Scratch.
Why did you get involved?
I love the community feel among the volunteers and customers, and it’s been a privilege to get to know people from all different backgrounds and experiences.
What do you do as a Project Worker?
I do lots of little things behind the scenes! I help to organise events for Shared Space volunteers and the community. I keep our social media pages up to date and support Alex & Peter in their roles.
I also facilitate the Life & Soul group that meets here on a Friday lunchtime. We’ve had several volunteers join us over the last few months which has been a real joy.
I love doing the window display when I get the chance!
What are some of the highlights?
I love our Life & Soul group! It always brightens my day and we have some great conversations.
I love seeing our volunteers grow in confidence. And I love getting to know their individual characters, each of them has such a unique story and worldview, and I have learnt so much from them.
Any hopes for the future?
I am excited to start looking for a third Shared Space shop. It’s exciting to be going into a new community and meeting a new group of people.
I would love to help Shared Space become a more environmentally-friendly shop. I care passionately about the environment and it’s great that we can give all the donations that come to the shop a second chance to be used, rather than going to landfill! But there’s space for us to do even more!
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