Location: Folkestone and Dover, East Kent.
About: Gini is a Disabled Rambler and nature lover, passionate about access to the natural world and advocate for disabled and inclusive access in the Kent Countryside and coast. Gini has enjoyed spending time in the local Kent countryside including the Kent Downs National Landscape since early childhood, and loves studying native wildlife, identifying wild flowers and plants as well as appreciating the creatures living amongst them.
“Since I became no longer able to enjoy the countryside by walking, I became familiar with exploring on an all terrain mobility scooter. I like to meander off the beaten track and overcome obstacles along the way and, with the right equipment and experience, this opens up more opportunities for disabled ramblers to discover.
As ‘Mobility in the Wild’, I wish to share and promote this freedom to connect with nature and encourage others to do so, whatever the ability.”
Services offered: Gini brings a Forest School ethos to interactive walks whilst connecting therapeutically with the natural surroundings. Gini shares nature based knowledge of the landscape, nature, plant life and wild creatures along the path, as well as some geography and history stories to connect with the locations en route.
Gini has experience of supporting and teaching young adults with learning differences as well as interacting with elderly dementia patients. Gini set up a voluntary family community support group outdoors ‘Nature Fledglings’, during lockdowns to enable therapeutic access to nature in a safe setting.
Through Mobility in the Wild, Gini tailors the routes and activities to be suitable for a range of disabilities including impairments, neurodivergence and sensory friendly therapeutic walks. Arrangements can be made to hire suitable mobility aids and equipment to enable anyone to participate comfortably. Gini holds an enhanced CRB and has an outdoor first aid qualification.
Suitability: Families with Children, wheelchair users, adults and/or children with limited mobility, all disabilities and mental / neural impairments.