In September of 2017, 9 My Life staff members, 13 people associated with us and 1 service user will be setting off on an adventure to end all adventures. They will be attempting to summit Mount Jebel Toubkal in Morocco which is the highest mountain in North Africa at a whopping 4200m.
The team will be spending 7 days trekking through the Atlas mountains, acclimatizing, eating local food, sleeping and living in local villages along the way.
The team are not just doing this to push themselves, or to ‘go on holiday’ they are dead set on raising money for the charity that brings us all together, My Life.
The My Life staff taking part in this expedition are:
Caroline has has particular expertise in encouraging and motivating communities, families and disabled people to make a difference to their lives through creativity, leadership and positive thinking. She was instrumental in the development of personalisation and is an experienced mediator. In her role as a national and international speaker, she has worked with local authorities, the NHS and third sector organisations. Most recently, Caroline was named as one of only 25 Mothers of Innovation in the world by Nesta.
Clare has worked nationally and internationally with people that have a wide range of support needs and their families. She has worked extensively in community development and innovating new types of community organisations. She leads on hospitality and on-site activities.
Jason is a graduate of our Pathways to Employment programme. His previous jobs include an infant school caretaker and HGV driver for over 15 years, and he had his own bicycle shop for a while. He enjoys the great outdoors, cycling, fishing, camping, motorcycling and has a keen interest in DIY. As well as supporting individuals, Jason helps with the general maintenance of our Standish site.
Kate joined My Life from Newman College in Preston, where she was studying musical theatre, drama and theatre, sociology and travel and tourism. Her hobbies are singing, dancing, playing the piano and guitar.
Amy is a graduate of our Pathways to Employment programme. She previously worked in the banking bereavement sector for 13 years, before taking on the role of support worker eighteen months ago. She’s an animal lover, who enjoys sports and socialising.
Wendy is a graduate of our Pathways to Employment programme. She previously worked in mainstream education for 15 years teaching art & design. Wendy has an MA in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University and obtained a BA (Hons) in Textiles/Fashion at the same University. As well as volunteering part time at My Life , Wendy spends time creating her own artwork using mixed media collage.
Lincoln is our very own Bear Grylls. He has twenty years experience in adventure travel and the outdoors. He’s travelled to over 60 countries, guided groups up Kilimanjaro and Everest base camp and several of the UK’s highest peaks. He is a qualified climbing and abseil instructor, and in the Times Travel Guide 2007 he is listed as the sixth most interesting person to know about adventure travel in the U.K. Lincoln is currently writing a book about all his adventures around the world and most weekends he can be found either geo-caching, underground, high on a cliff, kayaking or just enjoying the countryside.
Nyle is has recently returned from an 18 month trip around South-East Asia and Australia where he worked as a Tree Surgeon, rode a motorbike through the Hai Van Mountain Pass, became a qualified scuba diver along the way. He has a love for the outdoors and enjoys rock climbing, canyoning and caving.