It’s been a while since we last did a #TeamTalk blog post, so today we’re introducing Lucy Stone!
Lucy joined Grapevine earlier this year as a journey guide on the Accelerate employment support programme.
When that came to an end, Lucy began dividing her week between being a project worker on Safeside (helping to equip learning disabled adults in Coventry with the tools and knowledge to stay safe) and a community organiser with Community Mental Health Transformation in Coventry and Warwickshire – a partnership between Rethink Mental Illness, the NHS, local authorities, local citizens and people with lived experience.
So you could say she’s quite busy! But she’s taken a few minutes out to answer our questions so we can get to know her better.
Name five of your five favourite things
“I love my family, my friends, space, Netflix and listening to music.”
Why is this work important to you?
“One of my biggest passions is justice which is one of the reasons I did a Law degree. But, when I say justice, I don’t just mean in a legal sense. Justice on a day-to-day level, which can present in numerous ways as we know, such as; ensuring lack of discrimination, fairness, equality and equal access to opportunity.
“I am extremely driven by the importance of equality in society and love to be able to make a valuable contribution to the community by using a person-centred approach to help and empower individuals to reach their full potential, and figure out how their goals can be incorporated into their current lifestyle.”
“I LOVE Grapevine’s ethos, the inclusivity and care for the community is incredible to witness and be a part of.” (Lucy Stone)
What experiences help you in your role?
“I try to have a person-centred approach to issues, my legal study sometimes could be overly theoretical and somewhat remove the person from the issue, but throughout my volunteering at the legal clinic at University, my subsequent employment in education, and working at Grapevine, I have learned the huge value of approaching an issue with the individual at the forefront of the conversation
“This means I am hopeful I will be able to use a person-centred approach to empower individuals and assist them to meet any goals or achieve any dreams that are feasible.”
What’s your fun fact?
“Every year we go on a family holiday to France, this year we are going back to the Alps, a place we have visited before and love!”