Gemma has been working in the outdoors since 2001 both in the UK, Australia and overseas as an Expedition Leader. For the past 10 years she has worked for the Bendrigg Trust, a disability adventure centre in the Lake District full-time and as a freelancer. 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.
Calum has been working in the outdoors since 2006 both in the UK, Australia and overseas as an Expedition Leader. During this time, he has worked on a number of adventure therapy programs where he has discovered an interest in counselling and wilderness therapy. Calum is focused on developing 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 working for Sense Scotland. She has recently completed a traineeship at the Bendrigg Trust and is looking to combine both her work in adventurous activities, yoga and as a care worker. Leanne will help to ensure that Able2Adventure 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. She is trained in Makaton and BSL as well as moving and handling procedures.
Gemma is a freelance instructor and administrator for Able2Adventure. She is qualified across the board in climbing and water sports and is a registered provider of the Climbing For All course for Scotland. She has her Level 1 in British Sign Language and is studying for her Level 2 in BSL this coming year. Gemma has a particular interest in the physical and mental health benefits of climbing for disabled people and as such is our core deliverer of the NICAS award and climbing physiotherapy programs. Gemma loves any activity that allows her to journey through the landscape, mountain biking, ski-ing and camping. The more time she has outside the happier she is!
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 Wrightson is a freelance instructor for Able2Adventure with her Paddle sport Leader Award and Climbing Wall Award. Leanne has a great way of being with our groups, she is engaging and compassionate using her training in Makaton and BSL to ensure everyone is involved. Over the next year Leanne is chasing a number of outdoor qualifications and can be seen hiking, running and biking through the Highlands. Fast and light is how Leanne likes to travel in the Hills. Perhaps we’ll see her Ultra-running next…