Who Are We?
Forest School Wales is run by a board of Trustees who develop projects and represent our members at national and regional levels. All trustees are practicing Forest School Leaders who volunteer their time in order to ensure that other practitioners across Wales are receiving effective support and have opportunities to share ideas amongst themselves. New trustees are always welcome!
Trustees are supported by Advisers from key organisations, and by our part time Adminstrator, Jo Cooper, who co-ordinates Members’ Services and provides information to the public.
Members are also welcome at our meetings, and are especially encouraged to attend the AGM, which is sometimes held during our National Gathering.
Minutes from FSW AGM 27th June 2014 at Northop College
All these people are linked by a common belief that everyone, irrespective of age and ability, should be able to access the amazing benefits of the FS experience….
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Sasha Ufnowska - I am an Artist, active outdoor person and forest schools leader. I teach outdoor crafts and skills such as bush craft techniques, wild food foraging, willow working, hedge laying, dry stone walling, natural building techniques and green woodwork. I run a social enterprise in Bridgend, offering alternative accommodation in yurts and tipi's alongside environmental improvement and community volunteer projects, delivering training and arts projects in my local area. I have worked in the past as a community project officer for an environmental charity, I have helped to set up community groups and attract funding for them, practicing the values of community development and regeneration work, I have a strong awareness of issues surrounding social justice, global citizenship, participation, empowerment and inclusion. I would like to offer my skills and experience to FSW as a trustee, but also hope to gain new skills and experiences in return.
Tom Cockbill - I have experience in Environmental Education for over 15 years and have really passion in getting people to experience the natural world on their doorstep. I became a Forest School instructor in 2011. I really enjoy working with school to develop some great experience for the children form Pirate ships in the wood to castles and tunnels, it about creating a space and time to allow individuals to discover their surrounding.
I help set up Wild Elements a social Enterprise that is geared to getting people of all ages out and using their local wild spaces. through this work we work with individuals, communities and family develop confidence and improve the sense of well-being.
Jo is the administrator for Forest School Wales, usually working in the office on a Monday. she took over from Barbara Hadrill at the end of 2014.
In the rest of her time she also works for Coed Lleol, who run Actif Woods Wales
As a non-voting Adviser, Jo has championed the development of FSW from the start. She is always the first port of call for Trustees seeking technical advice, and we are all grateful for her prompt, detailed responses and calm reassurance.
Jo works for the National Trust, including representing them within the Environment Wales initiative.