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Grassroots people #10 – Lesley

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 in our series of team blogs we have the ever charismatic Lesley Woolf – knowledgeable, engaging and all-round trainer extraordinaire.

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Lesley Woolf

Role at Grassroots:
Associate  Trainer 

Best thing about being a suicide prevention trainer?
The best thing about being a Suicide Prevention Trainer is that you can help people feel confident to support someone at risk of suicide… you see people nervous, unsure at the beginning of a course and by the end they are optimistic, full of hope and confidence that they can and will make a difference.

Which course gives you most enjoyment?
I enjoy delivering all courses for Grassroots; SafeTalk, Tune-Up, Understanding Self Harm but my favourite is ASIST. Having the 2 days with such robust content, with built-in safety, makes this course so satisfying to me as a trainer, and hopefully to the participants.

What I will take and keep from lockdown?
Lockdown has taught me the value of connections. Connections to friends, family, colleagues have helped me get through.

What I will gladly leave in lockdown?
Poor internet connection!

How do you relax?
I have an allotment and this has been a lifesaver for me during lockdown. It has allowed me to connect with nature, the plants, birds, veggies and for a few minutes, hours a day, I can forget lockdown and all the trauma that Covid-19 has brought for so many.

Favourite sandwich filling?
My favourite sandwich filling is Cheese (cheddar), beetroot and salad cream!