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ABOUT US

Dr Charlotte Dean - Director 

Charlotte is a JNC professionally qualified youth worker with almost 30 years experience in working with young people who are disadvantaged or disengaged and who may have had little opportunity to spend time outdoors in the natural world. Charlotte specialises in utilising wilderness therapy techniques and nature-based arts activities to connect and engage young people with the wild spaces around them.

 

Charlotte is an experienced researcher and specialises in participatory research methods. She is really interested in exploring how spending time outdoors has an impact on young people's mental and physical health and well-being. Charlotte is also really keen to find out whether engaging young people in rewilding programmes, particularly those who are disadvantaged or disengaged and whose voices have been less likely to be heard, has an impact on their social, political and environmental agency.

Charlotte has worked in many educational settings including schools, colleges, youth projects and universities and her doctoral thesis explored alternative ways of educating young people, particularly those who find the mainstream schooling system difficult to engage with. She found that nature-based education, founded on the principles of self-direction, freedom, creativity and exploration was a direction that she herself wanted to develop further through Rewilding Youth.

Contact: Charlotte@rewildingyouth.co.uk

Les Moss - Director

Les is a JNC professionally qualified youth worker with a degree in Youth and Community Studies, a Level 3 Forest School Leader and accredited ASDAN assessor. He has been a Youth Work Practitioner in Hull for over 10 years. He graduated from Hull University in 2015 after completing his Youth and Community degree.

 

Les' background was originally sports development through coaching a number of youth rugby league teams as well as delivering the first Street Games and Doorstep sports City wide to different groups of young people from 2002 onwards.

 

Since 2011 Les was the lead Youth Worker and alternative education worker at Longhill Link Up Trust on Longhill Estate in Hull and then at Child Dynamix until 2016 when he moved into the Lead Youth Worker role in a 5 year project called Youth In Nature which engaged hard to reach, marginalised and isolated young people in activities that focused on the environment, wildlife and conservation. In that time he gained his Level 3 Forest School Practitioner award as well as gaining new skills in foraging bushcraft and green wood work.

Les is committed to providing inspirational outdoor activities and educational opportunities for young people, especially those young people who may not normally access the outdoors.

Contact: Les@rewildingyouth.co.uk


 

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Colin Phillips - Youth Environment Education Worker

Colin is an experienced level 4 qualified Bushcraft Practitioner and group facilitator and has a passion for engaging young people with the natural world through passing on traditional bushcraft skills. His previous experience includes working as a professional bushcraft instructor for 6 years whilst also working alongside wildlife organisations such as the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and the Marine Conservation Society helping preserve the natural beauty of Flamborough headland and surrounding areas.

 

During his previous employment Colin was part of the nature activities training team at Haven Holiday Parks, this included his attending an 18 month training and assessment period delivered by the renowned outdoors man Jonny Crockett who has worked alongside various television survivalists such as Ed Stafford and Will Lord, during this period Colin completed his Level 4 Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness skills qualifications. Colin is skilled in animal and plant ID aswell as animal tracking and foraging.

Colin has joined Rewilding Youth as a Youth Environment Project worker and is currently working with a group of 10 young people employed as Urban Youth Environment Workers through the DWP funded Kickstart programme. His work will help unemployed young people to move into jobs working outdoors whilst supporting them in their work on important environmental and conservation projects such as tree planting and rewilding initiatives. These projects have been taking place within the city of Hull and will develop and enhance wild spaces for future generations to enjoy. He will also be teaching the groups all aspects of Bushcraft and wilderness skills and to pass on his passion for the outdoor world, nature and the environment.

Contact: Colin@rewildingyouth.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Neill Reade - NCS Youth Support Worker: Outdoor Education

Neill is passionate about the outdoors and knows the many benefits spending time outdoors can bring to young people. 

 

A qualified Mountain Leader, Neill has worked with, and supported many organisations and charities to provide various outdoor activities for people with mental health issues, as well as being a volunteer warden on Yr Wydffa (Snowdon). These positions enable Neill to work as part of a team caring for people on the activities, or hiking, as well as fostering care for the local environment. Neill has participated in tree planting in the local area, as well as path maintenance in the Lake District and Snowdonia. Always carrying a bag to collect other people’s litter and always with a smile on his face!

 

Neill has recently joined the team after moving from formal teaching at East Riding College to help us deliver our META NCS programme which works with young people disengaged from mainstream education and aims to reconnect them with their chosen life path. Neill has a passion for the outdoors and when not at work, participates in outdoor activities such as mountain biking, climbing, paddleboarding, long distance hiking and wild camping. 

 

Neill has a Certificate of Higher Education which included modules on childhood studies, working with young people, and an introduction to child psychology. He then went on to complete the Certificate of Education. He is also looking at courses linked to outdoor wilderness therapy and hopes to be studying this in the near future. 

 

He is very keen to use all of his experience to deliver outdoor activities which will support young people in various ways such as building confidence and self esteem, as well as guiding them onto a positive outcome,  using nature and the outdoors to inspire young people. 

Contact: Neill@rewildingyouth.co.uk

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