Deborah is a Chartered Psychologist, a qualified and experienced teacher and artist. She is delighted to have this opportunity to combine her enthusiasms and interests through art workshops with older people. Her approach is guided by a strong belief in wellbeing through creativity, friendship and individual choice. Deborah runs Alive!'s Paint Pals programme, connecting care homes with local schools.
Colin is a TV presenter and award winning film maker who has been leading on the use of the iPad to improve peoples lives at Alive! His short film '20:12' was chosen to launch the Cultural Olympiad in Stratford, East London and he has had a short film 'Bird Brain' he co-wrote screened at Bafta and several festivals. Colin is leading Alive's film-making project to produce several short films to showcase our work and highlight the fact that many older people now living in care are not always able to access the things that enhance their quality of life. Colin also presents Alive! sessions to rave reviews.
Lerato has over 10 years experience of leading creative projects in community, health and education settings. As a community dance practitioner, movement and dance are her first loves but she is also passionate about music, singing and poetry. She loves learning new things and enjoys bringing skills and ideas from her work in community arts into her sessions. Lerato is enjoying learning more about guided reminiscence and using technology in creative ways. She believes in using a person-centred approach and in using the power of play as a tool to connect with people and provide physical, mental, spiritual and emotional stimulation. She is also a massive fan of dressing up and loves collecting new props and costumes for her dressing up box. Lerato loves delivering Alive! sessions and is honoured to be part of such an amazing team.
Zoe gets a real buzz out of presenting Variety Hour sessions in West Sussex and wants to bring fun and sunshine into older peoples' lives. She is passionate about person-centred entertainment and tailoring sessions so there is something for everyone. Zoe loves to encourage people to join in with physical activities like shaking maracas, balloon tennis and conducting a band and everyone loves a good quiz or sing-a-long! Zoe studied art, drama and costume design and enjoyed performing in musicals in her teens. Zoe is a mum of two and she loves singing, dancing and painting murals.
Judith is a registered Dance and Movement Psychotherapist. She is passionate about creating a deeply nourishing, safe and healing environment where each participant's unique expression is honoured and celebrated. Her work is devoted to supporting participants to experience their bodies as a source of well-being, joy and creativity no matter what their cognitive or physical abilities are. Moving and dancing in groups also fosters connection and deep relatedness between human beings which encourages a better sense of belonging and care.
As well as presenting Alive sessions, Helen is a French and English teacher, a snowboard instructor and a tennis coach. Her passions also include wakeboarding and all watersports. Helen lives in Bournemouth and loves meeting new people of all ages and going to the beach. She's a keen traveller and has visited 6 continents with just Antarctica to do get all 7!
Paul gets a great sense of achievement from presenting Alive sessions as he enjoys putting smiles on people's faces. He enjoys spending time with his wife and twin baby daughters, Anna and Elsa, and swimming in the sea where he lives in Bournemouth. Paul has lots of energy, loves spending time outside and tries not to take himself too seriously.
Sandi really enjoys the lively, fun sessions and connecting with all the lovely people she meets through working for Alive!. She previously worked in the Health & Social Care field and particularly loved her advocacy roles. Sandi is also a yoga teacher and likes to bring the healing and relaxing effects of this practice to people in Care Homes through Chair Yoga/Relaxation sessions.
Nick is a musician, teacher and shiatsu therapist who loves to bring smiles to people's faces through Alive! He plays the violin, guitar and piano and is an experienced stage performer and improviser. He has many years’ experience working with people, both in the social care sector, and in schools and believes in the power of creativity and expression to bring happiness and joy to all. He is passionate about the natural world and loves spending time climbing mountains, or on his boat on the river.
Ruth has over 20 years’ experience in nursing and has great communication skills. Ruth's passion in life is to make people happy. She loves to laugh and is also a laughter yoga facilitator. She loves connecting with people and enjoys presenting the variety hour. She especially enjoys the buzz of filling the room with joy and laughter, and leaving the residents visibly uplifted. In her free time Ruth enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, rebounding and walking in nature.
Lynn has 30 years of IT and project management experience under her belt but her first love is dancing and using her skills to improve wellbeing through dance, specialising in Biodanza. Lynn is proficient in yoga and drumming as well as being a keen surfer.
One of her proudest achievements was joining a humanitarian mission hiking to remote tribes in the Ganesh Himal mountain range Nepal, helping provide healthcare and support to families in need.
Emma is a visual artist working in community, health and education settings across Bristol to help bring inspiration and creativity to people's lives. She delivers Paint Pals and Art Workshops for Alive! and is fascinated by the power of paints to help older people tell their stories. She is very proud to be part of the Alive! team and is interested in creating a nurturing environment where people can build the confidence to express themselves creatively.
Sarah loves doing anything creative including sewing, music and arts and crafts. Her initial degree was in Costume Making and she plays saxophone and piano. She is a trained Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and enjoys being able to combine her creativity with helping people. She believes that everyone is musical and creative and places great value in helping people express things in their own way. Through leading sessions she hopes to bring light and cheer into people’s lives and help them feel heard and understood.
Saara is a dancer (Argentine tango), musician and theatre practitioner. She sings country and folk music and is a member of Cabaret Tango (violin & voice). She is a registered DMP (dance movement psychotherapist) and a qualified Applied Theatre/Community Drama practitioner.
Saara feels strongly about the arts (dance, movement, music, drama, art) being vital for wellbeing. She believes engaging in the arts can be a source of joy, becoming more embodied and present, as well as a way of coming together and making connections with each other.