Gemma is the Organisational Manager and Lead Instructor for Able2Adventure. She instructs on all of our activities and is the trainer for our Climbing For All and Paddle-ability courses. She has her Level 1 in BSL and is currently studying for her Level 2. Gemma is passionate about the physical and mental health benefits outdoor activities can have on our overall well-being. She enjoys activities that enable her to journey through a landscape, the more time she has outside, the happier she is, whether it's walking, climbing, canoeing or ski-ing as long as she's outside. She's been told she never stops smiling, we don't think that's a bad thing. Look out for her wearing her favourite colours on your session, lime green and turquoise.
Laura is the Programme Manager and one of our core Instructors. She studied Outdoor Activities at Manchester University and is a full time wheelchair user. Laura works with a number of organisations such as the British Mountaineering Council to improve access to the outdoors as well as supporting the development of specialist outdoor adventure equipment. She is an excellent networker, ceasing every opportunity whether in the office or at a football game. We think this is down to her skill as a real chatterbox. Laura is the proud owner of a mountain trike and can often be found hitting the downhill tracks on her new e-trike. She loves to adventure, the more independent and challenging the better.
Calum is a freelance instructor for Able2Adventure with qualifications across all the adventure sports disciplines. He is a compassionate, fun and friendly and instructor with a great beard! He takes the time to make sure the activities are inclusive and engaging for everyone. Calum is planning on studying counselling with a view to deliver adventure therapy programs in the future. He loves spending his time moving at speed through the landscape, be it surfing, ski-ing or biking you’ll find him whizzing around somewhere.
Leanne is a freelance instructor for Able2Adventure delivering across the core of our outdoor activities as well as guiding on our more advanced mountain biking and bike packing courses. She has a background in care through work with Sense Scotland and her own personal experience of caring for a family member. Leanne is a great communicator who knows how to engage with our groups. She has a HND in Deafblind Studies and is trained in Makaton and BSL. Leanne enjoys going hiking, running, biking and wild camping through the Highlands. The lighter the better. She thrives on time in nature and will take a moment to go for a wild swim or take in a sunset. We always look forward to hearing of her adventures, maybe you will get to hear some too...
Gemma has been working in the outdoors since 2001 both in the UK and overseas. For the past 10 years she has worked for the Bendrigg Trust, a disability adventure centre in the Lake District. It is this knowledge and experience of adaptive equipment and accessible adventurous activities that Gemma brings to Able2Adventure. She is passionate about creating long term pathways into disability adventure sports. In 2015 she set up the Bendrigg Para climbing Club, where two of the members now compete in the GB Para climbing Series. She is focused on enabling the organisation to support the wider outdoor activity industry, national sports organisations and landowners to improve opportunities and access to the outdoors for the disability community.
Calum has been working in the outdoors since 2006 both in the UK and overseas. During this time, he has worked on a number of adventure therapy programs where he discovered an interest in counselling and wilderness therapy. Calum is enthusiastic to develop mental health programs for Able2Adventure using adventurous activities for a therapeutic purpose. He also helps in overseeing Health and Safety procedures.
Leanne Wrightson brings a fresh perspective to the Board of Directors with a background in care working for Sense Scotland before changing career to work as an outdoor instructor. Leanne is now able to bring these worlds together as well as an interest in mental health, counselling and yoga. Leanne helps us to ensure we are meeting the needs of the disability community. She is creative and passionate about access for all in the outdoors, promoting the importance of education and training in the wider community. Leanne is helping us to develop activities with a real long term therapeutic purpose.