Denise McDowell, GMIAU’s Director, was interviewed as part of a blog series by the Legal Education Foundation. She spoke about the overwhelming early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, when it became clear that we were facing “something bigger and different from anything we had experienced before”.
Since then, flexibility from funders, as well as the team’s fighting spirit and hard work, has allowed GMIAU to survive the pandemic, and has even uncovered some strengths and opportunities. Denise says:
The last year has shown that the core of the organisation works. It isn’t about a building. It is based on communication. Even though the pandemic is not over, there’s a sense we understand it now. It’s familiar to us and we have the people who will work together to ensure the fabric of what we have will survive next year as well.