Philip Douch – Development Manager
He has been supporting organisations to include disabled children and young people for twenty years – nationally for the KIDS charity’s government-funded Playwork Inclusion Project and most recently for Gloucestershire County Council’s Short Breaks Pathfinder Project. His books include The Busker’s Guide to Inclusion. He is also a trainer and conference speaker. All his work reflects his belief that the inclusion of disabled children and young people is not just important but should involve as much fun as possible for everyone involved.
James Brown – Mobiloo CEO
He is a Paralympic medal winner whose own childhood was transformed by opportunities to challenge himself without allowing his 95% sight loss to hold him back. After winning a bronze medal for cycling at the 2012 Games, he has thrown himself full-time into developing the Mobiloo so that at present (April 2017) there are now 2 Mobiloos, one trailer with another trailer and caravan in progress with huge numbers of bookings this summer …. and it’s attracting interest from other countries – Netherlands, The Azores, Northern Ireland to name but a few!
Jane Douch – Project and Finance Officer
She has been an administrator, organiser and developer across the voluntary sector. She has worked for national agencies such as KIDS, coordinating its south west network of staff involved with inclusive play, and for Community Service Volunteers. In Gloucestershire she has been the lead administrator for The Waldorf College and Gloucestershire Land for People. Together with Philip she also set up and ran Lindridge House in Devon, welcoming disabled and non-disabled people for short residential activity breaks.
Vicci Livingstone-Thompson – Director
Her background is in Business and Marketing, but her passion is charity work and she has been involved in disability-related causes since she was tiny! As a recent graduate from the University of Bath, Vicci is particularly interested in ensuring that education and employment opportunities are open to physically disabled people. She spent some time doing work experience with James for Active Impact and still wanted to be a director! She loves travelling, cats and spending time with friends and family. She was also a co-founder and Managing Director of PING ( Physical Inclusion Network Gloucestershire). She now works for the newly formed (in 2016) Inclusion Gloucestershire.
Roger Bushell – Director
Roger believes that everyone can and has the right to enjoy a fulfilling and active life within their community. It is his mission to work with others who share that belief to bring it about. He has spent nearly 40 years working in and alongside local authorities and schools and on major national programmes to help them meet extraordinary challenges and give all children and young people the chance to succeed. His early career was in teaching and educational physchology. He progressed to lead and manage a wide range of services for children and young people and has been an independent contractor for the past 11 years. Roger is a proud father and grandfather. Since moving to Gloucestershire he has surprised himself (and many who know him) by developing a passion for gardening.
Caroline Eardley –
Of Course We Can Programme Manager
Caroline Eardley is our Of Course We Can Programme Manager who started with Active Impact in April 2015.
I’m delighted to have joined the Active Impact team. I’ve come with lots of experience in organisations as diverse as Save the Children and a GP surgery. I volunteered for Wiggly Worm, an Of Course We Can provider, supporting a foodie session, one of my passions! In all my jobs I’ve tried to think about the impact my work has on the service user – volunteers, young people or patients – and it’s wonderful to find this ethos so central to Active Impact.
- The Technicalities
Active Impact CIC is a social enterprise based in Gloucestershire. Its Directors are Philip Douch, James Brown, Roger Bushell, Vicci Livingstone-Thompson and Jane Douch. We are established as a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee (registered company number: 07454426). Inclusion Needs You and our Gloucestershire programmes were first devised by Gloucestershire County Council, with whom we are now contracted to deliver them.