Joy Housham
Project Administrator for the Fruit-full Communities Project

“My journey to achieving a DiPHE in Liberal Arts as a mature student taught me to carefully consider all aspects of an issue or a situation and to not simply judge it from my own perspective…”

About Joy

When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?

January 2017 as part-time Fruit-full Communities (FFC) Project Administrator.

My role is to provide general administrative support for the FFC team, help organise events for young people, purchase materials for tree planting workshops, process workshop feedback and liaise with partner organisations. Now in its 3rd and final year, I have been assisting the Project Officer with FFC legacy resource design and provision.

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?

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My journey to achieving a DiPHE in Liberal Arts as a mature student taught me to carefully consider all aspects of an issue or a situation and to not simply judge it from my own perspective. FFC works with vulnerable young people who for all sorts of personal reasons find it difficult to engage with outdoor activities, so an appreciation of trying to ‘walk a mile in someone else’s shoes’ has stood me in good stead, albeit later in life.

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As a parent of 2 girls and grandparent of 3 beautiful children, I feel I am in a position to actually know in my head and heart that health, wellbeing and nature are inextricably linked. This understanding drives almost everything I do with them, including investing in great waterproof clothing!

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Being a volunteer for my local village community shop, Contact the Elderly and Campaign to Protect Rural England has not only taught me that unpaid work is rewarding but that we can try and make our world a better place by committing to causes we believe in. I’ve learned that with volunteering comes friendship, resilience and new experiences that enrich my life.

Joy’s LtL Experience

What has been your best day at LtL and why?

*Thinks long and hard* I have worked for LtL on 2 separate occasions and there have been many memorable days but I always love staff get-togethers when the spirit of LtL is flowing and where passion for the outdoors is profound. So I would have to say June 2009 when the LtL and GfL clans gathered in Scotland to get creative with natural materials in the grounds of a grand country house. Handsome ‘Green Men’ appeared on trees, colourfully decorated staff outlines adorned the paths and hastily built dens kept the inevitable rain off. The photos still remind me of a fabulous day with special people.

Why underwater photography?

Being in warm water with an underwater camera is my happy place. The beauty that lies just below the surface of the sea never fails to astound me and capturing it in a digital format means I can revisit it whenever I like. On one unforgettable occasion, I found myself skirting a huge shoal of sardine-type fish in Turkey and not leaving until I had the perfect video!

Just lately I have used my new, high spec waterproof camera to take more quirky shots of my family when we’re on holiday together. Seeing babies open their eyes while swimming underwater is truly magical.

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