About Muddy Feet
Muddy Feet believes that connecting with nature helps us develop better happier lives, relationships and helps us to appreciate and understand nature. We believe that nature connection can help promote resilience, good mental and physical well being, emotional intelligence, team working, social skills and pro environmental behaviour. At Muddy Feet nature connection runs through everything we do, in fact its based on a growing body of research that we use in our programme development.
Muddy Feet is bringing innovative ways of working to schools, communities and organisations. We are bringing the opportunity for wild time in today's society that is filled with technology, social media and screen time. Muddy Feet is working towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 'Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all'.
Muddy Feet is based in Cherwell on the North Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire borders but we work in a number of different locations.
MUDDY FEET IS THE VISION OF ITS FOUNDING DIRECTOR, ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS.
Alex established Muddy Feet in 2013. A graduate in Environmental and Resource Science, Alex spent a year working with communities in the Philippines on a VSO placement. During this year she worked with rural communities to implement environmental projects, training local people in sustainable techniques to help preserve their local food and natural resources. Alex worked with communities to establish marine protected areas, mangrove reforestation, and establish livelihood projects.
Alex worked in the UK charitable sector for 11 years, in a range of roles, but always working with communities and with a strong emphasis on training and learning. Alex is a qualified and experienced trainer and Assessor. Alex has experience of delivering a range of training programmes, including curriculum based outdoor learning, forest school, neurodiversity and behaviour that challenges, Spaces by Design, project management, group work, participatory landscape design, community development, events, consultation techniques, and team building.
Alex is qualified in First Aid At Work, Outdoor First Aid, Level 3 Forest School, Food Safety, A1 Assessor, Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership. Alex has successfully completed Forest School trainer L4 qualification and her Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. Alex is currently studying Psychology for an MSc in Behaviour Change with an environment and conservation specialism. Alex is a recognised professional in outdoor learning by the Institute of Outdoor Learning.
In her training role Alex designed a participatory learning and action approach to community project management training and designed a range of tools to deliver this training with adults and young people. Alex was lead author on a modular toolkit to support this training and the toolkit won a SEEDA best practice award.
Alex designed and developed community development minimum standards for Groundwork based on the National Occupational Standards for Community Development Work. Alex coordinated a national programme for Groundwork on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Alex managed a local franchise of the Princes Trust Team programme, a 12 week volunteering and personal development programme for NEET young people from all backgrounds. Alex is experienced in working with hard to reach young people and those with special needs.
She has worked with Housing Associations, Charities, Councils, Resident Associations, Youth Groups, Community Development Organisations, and Schools, and is also trained in Participatory Appraisal, Appreciative Inquiry, Facilitation Skills, equal opportunities, dealing with conflict and aggression, Social Enterprise Qualification development, and Community Advocacy.
Alex is a trained outdoor consultant and delivers outdoor therapeutic interventions for EQE outdoors, she has completed a Certificate in Therapeutic Skills for Outdoor Leaders delivered by The Therapeutic Forest. Alex is a trained restorative justice practitioner. Alex is a member of the Forest School Association
Alex is now bringing all this experience of participatory approaches with communities and applying it to nature connection, outdoor learning, outdoor play and Forest School. Bringing new exciting opportunities to professionals, communities and their green spaces.
Muddy Feet works with talented and experienced associate facilitators.
Vicki Stewart is the Director of Brightwood Training, she is an award winning former RAF Training
Officer and Level 4 Forest School Trainer with an MA in Development Training. Vicki has 20 years
experience with outdoor learning; and is experienced running outdoor learning with challenging
behaviour and neurodiversity with nursery, primary, mainstream, alternative education, community
groups and adult groups. She is an approved Therapeutic Forest School Practitioner, a Stress and
Resilience Level 4 and Mental Health First Aid Practitioner and a Restorative Justice Practitioner.
Jo Aspley is a trained Forest School Leader, who is passionate about connecting young people to nature. Jo is a trained make up artist with a specialism in the gory!
Sally Ann enjoys building communities where children and families can connect with nature, each other and themselves. Sally Ann delivers Forest School at a local Montessori school as well as working on independent projects.
Jo Turner is an experienced special needs teacher and regularly takes her students out in to the woods. Jo is fascinated by fungi and has developed a good knowledge of different types of fungi.
Anne works at a local school in early years. Anne always has a smile on her face even in the heaviest rain!
Marie coordinates and runs activities at a local secondary school farm. In her spare time she runs a wild group in her village. Marie can be found creating with tools and has an infectious laugh.
Rachel works at a local primary school and regularly runs the Forest School and outdoor learning provision. When she is not out in the woods she can be found on her canal boat that she lives on.
Toni adds glam to our sessions in the woods. A huge fan of the glitter and sparkle of Strictly Come Dancing and has danced with the professional dancers!
Sarah Goldsworthy - Forest School Leader. Sarah is a teacher at a local primary school and takes her students out into a beautiful local woodland for Forest School.
Want to work with us? Get in touch, volunteering positions available subject to safeguarding and DBS requirements.
We work with partner organisations to deliver our innovative training and outdoor activities.