Meet some of the team
Please note that Nature Therapy CIC is run primarily by volunteers.
As from August 2019 we are really pleased to have five new people join our team who are employed part time on the Travelling Dementia Suitcase project funded by the Big Lottery Communities Fund
Leanne has been a volunteer for Nature Therapy CIC for some years now so we are delighted to offer her a post in an area of work she really enjoys. Leanne brings an enjoyment and knowledge of music into our team mix. She is part of our newly formed Drumming for Dementia Circle that we are able to offer as part of the sensory programme.
Dr Kim Brown
Nature Therapy CIC developed from the passion of Dr Kim Brown who forty years ago noticed improvements in the quality of life for patients who were able to spend time outside.
Kim is a nurse, midwife and teacher who specialised in working with vulnerable children and adults. She has always been interested in mental health and researching the impact of nature - this led her to spending five years traveling the world for her Doctorate in Health Science and researching the many different ways nature impacts on human wellbeing through the senses.
Time spent as an Expedition Leader Tutor has helped build a solid and safe foundation to our work in the great outdoors. Kim has also been a Senior Advisor for the Home Office, CEO of a charity, and over the years has developed numerous projects for vulnerable children and adults for which she has won national awards. This includes a national Nurse of the Year award and more recently a national Venus award for Inspirational Professional of the Year.
Our small not for profit is enhanced through the skills and knowledge of volunteer director - Paddy Noctor. Paddy has a sound history of working in the field of addictions, and was CEO of a charity for many years. Now retired, he still sits on different Boards and mental health Tribunals. Paddy was instrumental in setting up a very successful and lasting enterprise that has provided accommodation and support for those with alcohol and substance addictions for the past 25 years.
Dave is a volunteer director and our equine expert. Having been a jockey for 17 years he is now an equine assisted practitioner.
Bill is a volunteer as well co-tutor on some of our courses. He is a woodsman and expedition leader with experience of living wild and off grid. Bill is a great source of knowledge about all things nature. He is also passionate about motorbikes.
Billy has been instrumental as a volunteer in helping us set up our programme for people with dementia. Billy has stroke induced dementia but that has in no way deterred his enthusiasm for shaping the pop up dementia theatre.
Mark is inspirational in the field of Recovery. He is passionate about helping others through their recovery journey and is a stalwart in volunteering with us to help with delivery of all our programmes and courses. Mark completed our Expedition Leaders course last year and is a great asset to Nature Therapy CIC.
Nick volunteers to help us deliver our nature quests for those with post traumatic stress - previously a member of the Armed Forces he has an exceptional way of being alongside others to support them.
Noah and Theodore
Our two resident donkeys who like to volunteer on all our programmes despite often not being invited because they love attention and live in the hope that cake might be on the menu.
Luka (aged 5)
Luka and his mum kindly volunteered to help us develop the children's programme. Luka took part in nature quests to create the sensory mapping system we now use in our programmes.
Donna is a great help as a volunteer in trying out our adult programmes for us and taking part in our nature quests
Anna is a super volunteer on our children's programme with the pop up sensory theatre. She has incredible skills in photography and also completed our expedition leaders course.
Donna has an amazing energy for life having faced some tough times herself. She brings her own brand of positive enthusiasm to her volunteering whether its with children or out on a Quest.
Kathleen helps out with our programmes when she is not busy providing her rather excellent massage and reflexology treatments for older people.
Mog the Dog and Ted
Mogs and Ted accompany us whenever possible. Other social and friendly dogs are welcome to come along to all our programmes but the owner is responsible for their behaviour. Please ask about bringing a dog in advance as we might have a group member frightened of dogs or allergic to them.
Research shows that the presence of a dog helps people in a group collaborate more effectively and enhance their trust in others.
Mosi and Torak
Two of the wolves from the UK Wolf Conservation Centre that help out on our Wolf Medicine programme.
All our Volunteers
We will be uploading details of more of our volunteers, meanwhile we would like to say a special thanks to:
- Meme Eldridge
- Andy Paul
- Bruce Fleury
- Leanne Power
- Kyra Seagal
- Jan Jasicki
- Tony Jones
- Beccy Blanchard
- Debbie Attrill
- Pat Knight
- Albie Knight
- Nicki Haines
- Sue Barnes
- Estelle Thomas
- Mary King
Update February 2019. We currently have 56 volunteers on our Travelling Dementia Suitcase programme with more joining us next month as part of our Drumming for Dementia Circle. We would like to thank them all for doing such an brilliant job. All our volunteers are incredible people.
You are all simply amazing. Thank you so much everyone on this page for giving of your time and expertise so freely. Nature Therapy CIC could not achieve the results it does without you X