Joy’s passion for the outdoors began in childhood where summers were spent messing about in boats. She trained at Cambridge as a teacher before setting up the Duke of Edinburgh’s award for the school she was working in, in Canterbury. She then did the same thing for the school where she worked in Ivory Coast.
She was still young enough to complete her own Gold award and so personally knows the benefits of the scheme. Later she worked as a schools worker using the outdoors, and especially canoeing as a way of helping young people to develop leadership skills and self-confidence. in York she was responsible for developing a programme of outdoor residential courses in the Yorkshire Dales and North Wales, training young leaders. She led 2 expeditions overseas with young people to Zimbabwe and Croatia before moving back to Cambridge and working for Oxford Brooks University teaching youth workers, particularly developing the module working with young people in the outdoors – which was taught on location in the Peak District.
She has been involved in Duke of Edinburgh’s award expeditions, both walking and canoeing, with schools from Worcestershire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Joys own personal adventures include:
White water kayaking in France, Austria and Switzerland
3 months travelling independently around West Africa
‘Via Ferrata’ mountain climbing in the Italian Dolomites
Sea kayaking in North Wales, mainland Scotland, Orkney, outer Hebrides, Shetland, Canada, America and Mexico.
Walking the long distance footpaths: Coast to Coast, St Cuthbert’s Way, Southern Upland way, Offa’s Dyke, Ickneld Way and Peddars Way.
Open boat canoeing in England and Scotland.
Cycling 7000 miles coast to coast across America and south to Mexico.
(helping to) sail a 55′ cutter rigged sloop across the Sea of Cortez.