The Grow Project is a charitable organisation run by people who know what it is like to struggle with wellbeing challenges.
The management team is made up of previous project members and relevant professionals who support the two directors Julie and Jo.
Jo Wren, Director and course leader
I've always loved the countryside and nature and known instinctively how good it is for my own wellbeing. I'm never happier than when tramping through the woods, climbing hills or out on the water. I’m extremely lucky that my work with Grow gives me the chance to do these on a regular basis and I’m constantly inspired by the people who come to Grow and the challenges they overcome.
With 15 years of group facilitation, managing projects and working with people in the charity sector, this project uses all of my skills in a wonderfully holistic way and adds to them on a daily basis –from writing funding bids to whittling and everything in between!
I live in Hove and find joy in singing, nature photography, sailing and good friends.
Julie Wright, Director and course leader
Being out in nature & around animals lights up my life. I know it's essential for my emotional & physical wellbeing. And my passion for the therapeutic benefits of nature connection led me to set up The Grow Project.
I have over 15 years experience of group facilitation, mindfulness & nature-connection practice, gained in a wide variety of settings. Plus training in eco-psychology, counselling and 3D art & design. Other sources of inspiration are Buddhist philosophy, the Findhorn Foundation and Way of Council. As well as the wisdom of dogs!
Once upon a time I was a photographer living the high-life in London, but that started feeling hollow & so did I. A career in wellbeing & nature connection beckoned & I've never looked back. I feel very fortunate to do this inspiring work.
Jo Glazebrook, Management Trustee
I have been a friend of Grow since it began and now, many successful years later, I'm very happy to join the team. I love being outside, going for a stomp, being on a beach, I grow some of my own food which I love cooking and eating outside, and I love the easy way of being with other people that the natural environment encourages.
I am also happy being inside, in the warm, under a blanket with a good crime psycho drama. I have learnt that a combination of the two helps me out. I also work at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership so if you want to know about that bit of my life you are welcome to read my blog
Dottie Miller, Associate Member
My name is Dottie, I am now retired, having worked for the NHS for 43 years in various positions. I love being free from the restraints of working and enjoy being able to do what I like. My time is now spent enjoying my grandson, charity work, and having fun. I have lived in Brighton all my life and appreciate all it has to offer.
I have been involved with Grow since the first season, as a participant & then a volunteer - I loved being part of Grow days, getting up on the farm and enjoying all the benefits of the outdoors.
Luke Williams, Associate Member
Life can sometimes feel very serious, but not when I'm walking the dog, climbing trees, leaning into the wind, nibbling on berries, splashing in streams. I'm happiest when I feel I can leave the complexities of the modern world behind. Grow has helped me to do that.
Working with Grow matches my varied interests: mindfulness, bushcraft, creativity, wild food, history. I like that I don't get bored at work. Grow is always heartfelt and simple, and fun too. I have spent many years as a support worker, most recently in wellbeing centres in East Sussex. I also work as a carpenter and builder.