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Judith Cross

Judith Cross

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2013

Oak Foundation

How have you found this quarter?

This quarter has been focused on my research and getting that moving and done. I completed filming for the research and worked with a team to edit the nine hours of footage we had to a short film of 10 minutes. 

To complete my research I put on an exhibition titled ‘I have a Name: Giving voice to the silenced’ – this showcased the stories of the homeless people I interviewed and allow them to be seen and heard. This exhibition was at the Library of Birmingham ran for three weeks in November.

What have you found challenging? 

My greatest challenge has been that I have been so out of my comfort zone working on the research. Despite it being an area that I have worked in and with for so many years, working with homeless people in a different context and feeling responsible for telling their stories is very different for me.

I have never done any filming work before and have had to rely on others as experts to lead the way – not something I am used to.

In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship

Not only can I see how my confidence in myself and my abilities has grown, but others can also. I still get comments from other Fellows who mention how they have seen changes in me since the start of the Fellowship. I am more self-assured and able to show my softer side – letting people in and allowing the whole of myself to be seen. This means that I am better able to develop relationships with others, getting people on board, sharing a vision and leading the way. 

What have you learnt from your fellow Fellows?

Nicola Sansom has inspired me with her vision for SALVE – seeing how driven she is and the passion she shows inspires me and makes me dream and believe it can happen.

How would you sum up your Fellowship so far?

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different” CS Lewis

This quote sums up my Clore Social experience to date – it’s been a process of gradual change that you don’t see day to day, but do see over time. 

Twitter: @judecross

Current principal role: Area Director
Current principal organisation: Thames Reach

Research: I Have a Name: Understanding the root causes of homelessness through storytelling
Research topics: Housing; Values;
Secondment host: Concern Universal

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