No. 13

Ja­son Grimes

The Daily Examiner - - CLARENCE VALLEY'S POWER 30 -

AT THE helm of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that was brought to the Clarence Val­ley after years of cam­paign­ing by the com­mu­nity, the US-born Ja­son Grimes is the cen­tre man­ager of headspace.

A for­mer youth worker in ju­ve­nile jus­tice, Ja­son has helped get headspace off the ground across the whole Clarence Val­ley, with out­reach cen­tres open­ing in Maclean and Yamba this year.

Help­ing fa­cil­i­tate groups for youth, events and of­fer­ing a safe space for peo­ple aged 12-25 to be them­selves, headspace has be­come a bea­con of hope in the Val­ley.

When headspace opened, Ja­son said he wanted to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether with the ex­ist­ing health ser­vices in the Clarence Val­ley, to help ad­dress some of the is­sues in the area.

“For us it was about ad­dress­ing those ex­pec­ta­tions and show­ing a re­al­is­tic path, we’re not the panacea,” he said about headspace.

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