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Rachel has a love for swimming outdoors and we have supported her to become an Open Water Lifeguard, a qualification she can use in her various volunteering roles.

She finds that time in the water, immersed in nature, has such a positive influence on her life, and this summer, she will be offering wild swimming experiences for parent carers of disabled children and individuals living with chronic pain, hoping to provide the same positive influence for more people.

As well as being a Volunteer Ambassador with us, she is also a walk leader for Wellness Walks and will be incorporating safe swimming experiences on some of her walks there also.

Rachael is a very busy woman; she co-runs a not-for-profit social enterprise that is aiming to improve how outdoor learning is accessed and enabling access for all regardless of background, ability, mobility or income – an ethos very much in line with our work at The Outdoor Partnership. As well as this, she has a mobile coffee and cake truck; keep your eyes peeled if you are around Gwern Gôf Isaf this summer, and is also a brilliantly adventurous mum with her young son!

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Rachael Hobbs
Volunteer Ambassador
Llio was raised in Nantlle, Gwynedd, and is a proud local and advocate of the area and it's wealth of natural resources.

She enjoys walking and taking others on walks, especially on her home turf! She is creating a series of walks in and around Nantlle, with information on start and finish points of the walks and interesting information along the way.

Fancy a walk around Nantlle? Take a look at Llio’s suggestions:

5km village walk-Penygroes

Local history

 

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Llio Elenid
Volunteer Ambassador
"I am passionate about introducing others to our beautiful countryside. Sharing a walk in nature with others is a powerful, healing, and sometimes transformative experience with profound positive effects"

Sarah is a qualified Lowland walk leader and is excited about offering walks as a volunteer ambassador with the help of the Outdoor Partnership in Mid Wales, enabling the older community to join in the outdoors.

“I am committed to actively engaging with those in our communities who currently don’t walk in the countryside, or haven’t done so for a long time; those who feel there are barriers to them getting out there on the footpaths.

We all know the benefits of walking in nature for mental and physical health, and my aim is to give as many people the opportunity to experience the outdoors by walking as possible.

I specialize in leading walks through the valleys and hills rather than the mountains, understanding that many prefer gentler terrain.

I believe the countryside is for everyone to enjoy and have adventures in!”

She will be hosting walks voluntarily for The Outdoor Partnership in Mid Wales through her own company she established to transformed her passion for countryside walking into a career. We will be supporting Sarah to further develop her skills and qualifications in Mental Health First Aid.

Keep an eye on The Outdoor Partnership Mid Wales pages to keep up to date!

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Sarah Price
Volunteer Ambassador
Jan has a lot of experience in many different fields and we are really pleased to be able to work with her in a Volunteer Ambassador role.

As a professional Photography lecturer Jan has a wealth of experience of working with people and helping develop skills and nurture creativity.  Her personal background in climbing and walking and immersion in nature makes her passionate about melding the creative with the outdoors and the level of enthusiasm and skill she brings to our team at The Outdoor Partnership is fantastic.

She will be helping us deliver sessions, where we use different tools as a method to encourage people into the outdoors; from photography workshops to camera-less sessions, well-being and movement.

Taith Llesiant a Ffotograffiaeth / Walking, Wellbeing and Photography Tickets, Sun, Aug 4, 2024 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

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Janet Davies
Volunteer Ambassador
Chris has a pretty varied background in the outdoors! It played a fundamental part in his own personal recovery from injuries and he is a great believer in it's many benefits to rehabilitation and growth.

“I spend my spare time either climbing, walking and cycling and do enjoy a good paddle down the river also.

I  helped set up a charity that supports injured serving or ex service men and women, by creating one off expeditions but also creating a community and support package for them to develop and grow. Our first expedition is taking place in Jan 2025 in Vietnam Cambodia and Thailand.

I am a proud single father to my three amazing children and I am looking forward to this new journey with The Outdoor Partnership.”

Chris has already got stuck into his role with us, getting involved with multiple inclusive activities and demonstrating his passion for making the outdoors inclusive for all. We’re very proud to be working with him and are confident that both Chris and The Outdoor Partnership will gain a lot from collaborating and sharing knowledge and experiences.

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Chris Bailey
Volunteer Ambassador
Hannah got into paddle sports through her local club initially, and from there found a passion for helping others into the activity in a variety of ways. From helping a young autistic boy feel more comfortable in the club and within sessions, through to being on the Canoe Wales Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee. Her unique perspective from personal experience of engaging with paddle sports will be an invaluable asset to us at The Outdoor Partnership also.

“I am a member of Welshpool Canoe Club; the club has started off my paddle sports journey and I’ve since gone on into other ventures! I have a few other volunteering roles within the paddle sports community.

I am a coach and committee member at my club, I am a ‘She Paddles Cymru’ volunteer and club representative, and I am on the Canoe Wales Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

On this programme I want to be able to help others that maybe wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to paddle or to be understood, to be seen! I also want to gain more self-confidence and progress with my volunteering and coaching. Paddle sports has always helped me relax and feel calm”

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Hannah Hancock
Volunteer Ambassador
Dean has a wealth of experience and a range of qualifications which make him a natural Ambassador. But what really sets him apart is his willingness to just get stuck in! Whatever he is asked to do and in whatever setting, Dean is always up for giving it a go and finding a way. His natural ability and eager attitude mean he's perfectly suited to help us at The Outdoor Partnership to get more people outdoors and active!

“As a dedicated father of three and an emergency services professional, I find purpose in serving my community. My passion extends beyond my day job, and I am an enthusiastic volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and all-inclusive climbing clubs at ‘Rock UK’ Summit Centre and Llangorse Multi activity Centre. With qualifications as a Climbing Wall Instructor and Lowland Leader, I am committed to fostering an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of background or ability, can experience the joy of outdoor activities.

But what truly excites me is the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people. Connecting with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, sharing knowledge, and learning from each other—that’s where the magic happens.

As I continue this journey, I look forward to gaining further qualifications, expanding my expertise in the great outdoors, and inspiring the next generation to get outdoors!”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves Dean!

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Dean Welton-Wall
Volunteer Ambassador
Delyth enjoys volunteering in many capacities, and we're pleased that she is adding becoming a Volunteer Ambassador for The Outdoor Partnership to her repertoire! She is already a member of the Longtown Mountain Rescue team, a regular volunteer with the Inclusive Climbing Club at Llangorse and an avid fundraiser through completing some tough challenges; most recently Ironman Wales triathlon and the Spine MRT Summer Challenger South, 108 miles across the Pennine Way. As an Outdoor Partnership Ambassador, we will support Delyth to complete the Mountain Leader qualification.

“My love of the outdoors and thirst for new challenges has given me lots of opportunities for volunteering, from rebuilding houses in Honduras, supporting street children in the Philippines, and closer to home being a youth leader for outdoor activities and volunteering with the local inclusive climbing club. I have loved working with children who might not normally get the opportunity to enjoy climbing in an inclusive environment. I am passionate about making a difference to people’s lives especially if they have had some challenges in their lives and would benefit from time in the outdoors.

My personal skills are adaptable and I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds.  Once I complete the mountain leader qualification I am aiming to support others to access the outdoors and learn how to access those skills for themselves.”

 

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Delyth Brushett
Volunteer Ambassador
Dafydd brings a unique aspect to our Volunteer Ambassadors team. Personally, he has built his own positive and healthy relationship with the environment, nature and outdoor activities, that has helped him overcome mental health struggles. He is now passionate about helping us and helping others to do the same.

“My background in the outdoors stems from my personal experiences surrounding mental health. After several years of ‘traditional’ therapy not leading me anywhere I was referred to ‘Tonic Surf Therapy’ a programme based in West Wales.

I found that being in the sea and learning to surf, alongside CBT based therapy, I slowly began finding myself again. It gave me a purpose, a place, and in hindsight ultimately saved my life. Being in this extraordinary environment was the catalyst for my own health and recovery.

Ever since I’ve strived to give other young people the same opportunities to connect with the environment, through whatever activity suits them. I have also been studying Outdoor Adventure Education in university and have plans of studying a masters in psychology this coming September and ultimately aim to practice as an adventure therapist.”

We know that Dafs insight and enthusiasm will be of great value to our TOP team in many ways.

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Dafydd Millns
Volunteer Ambassador