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Maria-Spicer
MARIA<br>Head of Training

MARIA
Head of Training

I have spent 20 years in teaching and supporting adults in the education system.  I have a BA Hons in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and have enjoyed the experience of working with SEND students, which I believe deserve more than just an education. It is now time to set myself a worthwhile and rewarding adventure.    

The outdoors has played an important role during my time in education. Assisting expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh Award has been a highlight, as has arranging the annual residential trip for SEND students, who get to experience a week away from home. 

I am a keen angler, and fish competitively throughout the year, having managed the local fishing association for several years. Fishing offers a sense of calm and a breath of the outdoors, which is very beneficial for those leading a busy or challenging lifestyle. 

Crafting and crocheting are huge passions of mine.  I make crocheted items to order and have sold them at local craft fairs. 

Teaching has been the main focus of my life, but now I believe is the right time to enhance the experience of young adult learners who deserve to live life to the fullest.

Catherine-Smith
CATHERINE<br>Head of Therapy

CATHERINE
Head of Therapy

 

My career began as I trained to be a journalist, until being bitten by the travel bug and then spent the next seven years as an officer in the merchant navy, cruising the world and exploring the many challenges that went with it.

After leaving sea, I retrained as a teacher, working in Special Education Needs at a secondary school in Plymouth and then working in adult mental health and finally returning to a further education college in Lincolnshire and trained as a life coach, counsellor and also in Health and Social Care. 

I continued to enjoy writing, and published six books. My love of the outdoors also helped me work as a regional outdoor writer where I wrote books on Lincolnshire walks as part of a series of national books: Kiddiwalks in Lincolnshire; Dog Walks in Lincolnshire; Pub Walks in Lincolnshire.

I love to travel and explore and the outdoors, music, writing and rugby.  I have completed several charity treks, including Peru, the Grand Canyon, Australia’s Blue Mountains and the three peaks. 

I always thought I would write for a living.  Fate had a hand in changing that which led to a completely different future for me.  I was led by intuition and learnt to trust it. Life, after all, is for living.

 

Jayne
JAYNE<br>Project Leader

JAYNE
Project Leader

 

Jayne studied at Bishop Grosseteste University, gaining a distinction in an Arts Foundation Degree for Professional Practice in Special Educational Needs and Disability. She has many years of experience supporting people with SEND. Providing support in different settings, including supported living, residential and educational. Jayne has previously worked for Mencap and Grantham College, as well as working as a freelance Charity Fundraiser for local children’s hospices, by helping to raise funds and awareness through a sweet box scheme.

In addition to this, Jayne has worked alongside people with learning disabilities on a 1:1 basis as a Personal Assistant and provides tailored support, according to individual needs and encouragement to help build self-confidence and self-esteem. As well as seeking out new opportunities, to help empower individuals to reach their full potential, to get the best out of their life.

Pursuing professional training and development throughout her career has been important to Jayne to maintain high standards, both on a personal level and within the industry. As head of Business and Enterprise, Jayne will be exploring new ways to establish community engagement with the products created within the centre.

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DYLAN

DYLAN


Dylan is a 4-year-old Cocker Spaniel, who lives with his owner, Catherine. He’s our wonderful emotional support dog.

Dylan adores being around people, and long walks in the countryside. His favourite past-times are swimming – any time of year – playing with a ball, and coffee mornings in town. His favourite food is chicken. 

Dylan often volunteers at the weekend as a ‘Tailwalker’ at the local Parkrun, making sure everyone has safely got through the course. He is very welcoming and sociable and looks forward to making new friends.

 

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Dylan