Ann (centre) came to work for Be Well via Walking Netball and Dancercise. You always know when Ann is in the office as the volume of chat and tea drunk both increase exponentially. Her official role is keeping the databases for Walking for Health and Be Well “straight” but she’s always prepared to turn her hand to whatever is needed.
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.
Our bubbliest team member, Kirsti does all things Dance for Be Well from seated dance to inter-generational sessions which bring together our youngest and our least young customers. She’s often to be found dancing round the office and her positive outlook lifts everyone who meets her.
David joined our Glossop Walking Football group when an old schoolmate suggested he might like it. He enjoyed it so much he took over as Activator for both sessions, then volunteered to be our first People’s Director and THEN took over from the lovely Sarah Mitchell as our Quizmaster, ably supported by his lovely wife Tina. We don’t know where he finds the time but we’re glad he does!
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.
One of our Community Allotment activators, Steve, is a man who prefers to be in the background, as his camouflage t-shirt shows, so his supporting role with gardeners and would-be DIYers of all ages suits him down to the ground. The people who come along find purpose and companionship while Steve gently keeps them on task and makes the tea.
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.
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!
Our latest recruit 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.