Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of the activities mentioned here are currently on hiatus. Rest assured, the team are all working hard to provide lockdown relief in the form of The Bugle, Do the Write Thing and our Contact Project.
Dave first encountered Be Well in a wet and cold horse pasture on the day before Christmas Eve 2016 and he has been getting more involved ever since. Dave has been a board member of the allotment CIC from the beginning and managed the plot since the beginning of 2018. Late last year he joined the board of WellFit CIC where his energy and wisdom is greatly valued. He certainly knows his onions!
Despite being irredeemably Southern, Malcolm is an integral part of Be Well managing our walks programme, leading the Men’s Social Club and picking up a host of other vital jobs. He is full of ideas, energy and compassion for his fellow human beings and simply one of the nicest people you could wish to meet.
Arthur runs our Whaley Bridge Walking Football sessions, leads a Walking for Health walk and even takes charge of our Walking Rounders session when its happening. Volunteers like him don’t grow on trees and we’re glad to have him and his second in command, Paul, who fills in when Arthur is out of the country watching cricket.
A long-time supporter of Be Well, HR joined our team as our social media consultant in 2021. They also take care of our website and are the backbone (and indeed, only member!) of the Be Well Belfast office. When they aren’t tweeting and blogging on Be Well’s behalf, they can usually be found reading about spaceships.
Officially our Inter-generational project developer, Vicky does everything from leading our singing group to managing our Pay It Forward programme. Unofficially she is the life and soul of the Be Well party. Our participants love her, our partners sing her praises and the rest of us just stay out of her way in case we get blown away.
Jayne is the mainstay of our operation and takes care of our “back office function”. When she’s not paying the bills and organising rotas you will find her at the front of Dancercise classes and helping out at Eat Well events. She joined the WellFit CIC board in 2017 as Finance Director.
You might recognise this suave and handsome man from the television as, in between leading our Chess club and helping out with the Men’s Social Club every now and again, Ian is what the Americans call a “background actor” or extra. He’s been on Corrie!
Nick was recruited at the beginning of 2019 to bring a little sobriety and order to all things Be Well and revels in the job title of Chief Operating Officer. He is where the buck stops on a day-to-day basis and so divides his time between visiting our sessions to make sure our activators and participants are happy and speaking with our lovely partners. A Quizzer and a Walking Footballer from years back he “gets” Be Well, despite coming from Chinley.
Having started Be Well in 2012, Chair Mick focusses on strategy, partnership building and finding funding. In his time with Be Well he has hobnobbed with a duke, kissed a Sports Minister and been hailed as a Public Health Hero but he is happiest when playing Walking Football, taking one or other of his many dogs on a Gentle Walk or drinking tea with the lovely people who come to our sessions.