Thursday, 6 October 2016

Welcome to Jack and Gary!

It is time to welcome the last two people that complete this year's DisTIL Team! Read what Jack and Gary say about joining Adventure Plus here.


Jack:

Hello! My name is Jack Norridge, I have had my eyes on this gap year for around about a year and a 
half now before I joined the team. I finished my A-levels last year and really needed a break from education, so DisTIL was the perfect opportunity for me. I look forward to learning and developing skills in activities and working with lots of different people, whilst also learning about God and developing my faith in him. I really couldn’t ask for much more! I’m looking forward to developing
relationships with lots of new people. I also count on being adventurous, trying lots of new sports and activities and doing my best to excel in each. I really enjoy working with children and helping people achieve their goals - this really is a passion of mine. I’m looking forward to this year and seeing how it changes me as a person and how we grow together as a DisTIL team.





Gary:

Hello, I’m Gary and I am just beginning a DisTIL year with Adventure Plus. It is very likely that I am the most mature (in years!) member that a DisTIL team has ever had, but I hope to keep up with the more youthful pace.

I have loved the outdoors since my first walk in the Lake District when I was 13 and since then have hiked and rock climbed in various parts of the UK and Europe. In 1997 I moved to Turkey with my family and worked for a Christian organisation where I supported the local church as well as organising mountain trekking tours as a small business. Since returning to the UK I have done various jobs and completed a degree in English literature and ESOL, and did part time ESOL teaching.

When I heard about A+ and the vision they have for the site at Windmill Farm I felt encouraged to perhaps be a part of it and hone some of my experience into solid skills and qualifications. I had never canoed until the beginning of my DisTIL year and, having enjoyed every minute of it, I am looking forward to more practice and passing the necessary assessments to become an instructor. I am also keen to gain the skills to become a mountain biking instructor and revise and update my SPA in order to take groups climbing. Most of all I am looking forward to being in the outdoors!

I hope to deepen my faith and trust in God so that I can combine outdoor activities and faith as a means of making a positive difference in the lives of young people.




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