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Since 2002 I have worked in public, private and third sector organisations in roles which focus on encouraging children, young people and communities to become active and engaged in health & well-being and outdoor activities. My driving passion has always been the work with children and I have both initiated my own projects and involved myself with organisations which help children to better connect with their world around them.

From 2005-2012, I was Development Worker for Schools and Communities at Action for Sustainable Living (AfSL), a Guardian Charity of the Year award-winning charity which delivered training & engagement programmes for schools and communities around the northwest. I developed whole school eco programmes which were delivered in over 50 schools in Greater Manchester and north Wales.

In 2007 I established the Leafy social enterprise project, which took children, young people and their parents from deprived areas on outward bound residential programmes around the northwest. Over 150 participants took part in programmes which combined physical activities, environmental stewardship, mindfulness sessions and outdoor adventure.

I still really enjoy delivering outdoor activities with children and I volunteer as a group leader for the Woodcraft Folk coordinating weekly, outdoor, environmental and craft activities for 5-11 year olds.

Since first becoming involved with Michael and the team in April 2014 I have completed my OPAL School Mentor training and Iā€™m now really pleased to be delivering the OPAL programme to schools around Greater Manchester and the northwest.