Clare has been working for Alive since 2012 and in this time has enjoyed bringing love and light (and plenty of fun!) into people's lives in the Care homes that she visits. With a background of Dance movement, performing and singing, there is never a dull moment and she brings along her cowboy hats and feather boas just in case they are needed!
She loves to connect with the residents and find out about their lives and the amazing things people have done over the years from the everyday to the extraordinary, valuing everybody's contributions to the sessions and the wider world.
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.
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 facilitating 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.
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.
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.
Lucia is a practicing artist with a wide experience of community engagement, spanning over 15 years. She has a first class Hons Degree in fine art and a PGCE in art from Goldsmiths University. She has both lived and worked in Brazil, where she has family.
Additionally to her fantastic work at Alive Lucia also works as a freelance artist educator working within the Holburne Museum, Bath and running adult education classes.
Chris comes from a background in Adult education. He studied English and Modern History at Trinity St David University and has wide experience of working with different cultures and nationalities.
He has lived and worked all over the world and has always been involved with music and performance. ‘ For me, probably my favourite thing is to enjoy group singing and storytelling. It’s an absolute joy to be able to share, through music and chat, some of the amazing life experiences the residents have lived through’.
‘I feel so lucky to work with Alive. From day one I have been bowled over by the impact Alive sessions have on the residents, it’s a privilege to be involved.
Jenny is an art workshop facilitator with Alive. She enjoys facilitating intergenerational sessions between young and old, encouraging play, creative exploration and the opportunity to connect with others, relax and have fun.
Jenny also works as art therapist and visual artist. Jenny is interested in the therapeutic benefits of being creative, which can enable self-discovery, interconnectedness and relief from stress.
Julie is an Occupational Therapist with over ten years’ experience of supporting individuals living within retirement living and care home facilities through participation in meaningful activities to enhance health and well-being.
Julie is passionate about creating opportunities for older people to live life to the full and supporting individuals to enjoy being physically active, mentally stimulated and socially connected in later life.
As an avid walker with an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world, Julie is keen to encourage older people to enjoy the many benefits of engaging in a wide range of nature-based activities and creating a sense of fun, purpose and companionship along the way!
Sam is a Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator.
Sam joined the team from The Big Issue where she looked after the welfare of people experiencing homelessness, as well as managing a team of volunteers. She also brings to the team valuable experience as a volunteer herself at Windmill Hill and Bath City Farms.
As well as facilitating sessions, Sam has been involved with setting up community garden projects and coaching care home staff to find ways to engage residents with nature. She has a passion for gardening, walking and just generally being outdoors and is also RHS qualified.
Jakki has worked as a nurse in the Bristol community since 2007.
Jakki’s passion is nurturing, enabling and restoring, be it people or plants!
Prior to facilitating for Alive Growing Support, Jakki enjoyed volunteering with Growing Support, across Bristol. She brings a valuable insight into the role of Volunteers and Facilitators, and can confirm, wholeheartedly, the benefit of this team effort in delivering meaningful gardening sessions, with whomever Alive Growing Support have the pleasure of working with.
Jakki’s favourite pastime is undoubtably pottering in her garden, nurturing flower cuttings and encouraging herbs and flowers from seed. Singing and talking to them, naturally!
When not pottering outside, she enjoys arts and crafts, especially mosaics and quilting. If Jakki was a cartoon character she’d definitely be a west country Womble!