"The group has everyone from about 19 years old to 65 years old. Age does not come into it at all, it’s just the common goal of enjoying space outside. Conversations go right across all age groups too: we have retired staff from banks, we have students coming in; there’s no ego, it all gets left at the door and everyone just gets on. If you put our group in a room together as strangers, you’d wonder why we’re all together. But when you put us all together in an outdoor environment, it then makes sense. We’re there having a conversation, they’re learning about how the world was in the 70s or the 60s, likewise the older generation is learning from the kids about the latest buzzwords and thinking we’re cool when we really aren’t! So, there’s the Generation X, the millennials, the ‘old people’, silver surfers or whatever you want to call them: they all come together. The younger ones really respond and look up to the older ones because they’re actually the fittest, the strongest and have the most life experience. They motivate the younger ones in the group to want to be like that.
There’s one lady who works with me who we call the mountain goat, because of what she has done; her life experience and motivation are amazing. She works in here five days a week, but her other two days she’s always got something planned whether it’s an overnight camp, a massive cycle or going climbing. On those days where you’re feeling awful, you think, “I can’t just sit on my sofa, Lesley wouldn’t just sit on her sofa, I have to get up and do something even if the weather is bad!”. There is plenty of inspiration within the group and it’s just a really nice, mixed bag of people."