Jo is at her happiest outdoors and is passionate about increasing opportunities for connection to nature, due to the holistic benefits it can bring to people’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Having previously worked as a Fund Support Officer for Thrive Outdoors, Jo returns to the team as Outdoor Development Officer after working for the past year at Willow Den, Inspiring Scotland’s Outdoor Nursery based in Edinburgh. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and skills in outdoor learning in her new role, supporting outdoor practice and nature connection in Early Learning and Childcare.
She is originally from Ireland and has worked in the great outdoors, in a variety of positions for over 20 years. She has an MSc in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh, has recently become a qualified Early Learning and Childcare practitioner and is a Forest Kindergarten trainer and Bushcraft Instructor.
In her spare time, Jo is a keen sea swimmer, hiker and rock climber and is involved in leading and assessing young people in their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. She enjoys photography, good coffee, sunshine and travelling.
The Thrive Outdoors team has today (Monday 12 February 2024) launched a new website to showcase the work of the fund and share resources with the play and outdoor sector. The new site will be a hub for outdoor play champions, offering support, guidance and resources – a one-stop-shop for practitioners, education professionals and childmindersRead More
We kicked off the new year by hosting the first online conference of its kind in Scotland – Infant Mental Health: Babies in Scotland 2024. This event was in partnership with the Scottish Government and was our biggest event yet with 588 people attending on the day. It was incredible to get that manyRead More
The Scottish Government has recently asked for views on their proposed Care Leavers Payment. As Scotland’s national mentoring programme for children and young people with care experience, our Fund Manager Christine was in a unique position to gather valuable insights from the young people this will affect. Here’s what she found out… In myRead More