Top tips from Olivia, Centre Assistant, about why you should “Just do it! BE a participant, not a passenger."
Olivia joined the team at Plas y Brenin recently, as a Centre Assistant, and as a lover of the outdoors, and someone in awe of the reputation the centre holds, it’s something she’s always wanted to do as part of her career aspirations.
In this informal chat, Olivia talks about what makes her tick, her favourite activity, why she likes to have a go and "just do it" - without over thinking it too much; and why her mantra is to be a participant rather than a passenger.
Tells us a funny fact about yourself.
I’m a strong swimmer, which helps and gives me the confidence to have a go.
“One tip I would share is – just do it!”
“Don’t talk yourself out of things. Don’t be a passenger. Be a participant. And by that I mean get stuck in, play and active role, get involved, engage and be positive, be a part of it.”
One thing I will say about the instructors at Plas y Brenin is that they manage safety expertly, and they’ll never push anyone to do more than they are capable of.
I’d like to see more females in the industry, in prominent positions. It’s still male dominated but it’s evolving and changing. There are role models here for both men and women and it’s much more accessible now. I want women to been empowered in the outdoors.
The benefits of the outdoors in relation to wellbeing and mental health, is prominent right now. I believe in adventure therapy and understand that you can’t just go up a hill and say that’s a cure - but being outdoors definitely makes a difference.
Did you know that since 2018 in Scotland, doctors have been able to prescribe nature and the outdoors to patients? There’s mounting evidence as to the benefits of nature on mental and physical health.
"If I’m not able to be outdoors, I don’t feel myself."
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