The Team

I am delighted to introduce you to The Patch Creators, a small yet perfectly formed team, working to the highest standards to bring you an extraordinary Patch Experience. 

Founder

Liz

Even though it’s still so new, I feel as if the concept of The Patch has been part of my life for many, many years now.  Academically I have collected a number of degrees, MAs and professional training over the last 20 years, and worked in a wide variety of settings from the HR department of a City corporation, developing creative education plans for looked after children in residential care, designing community theatre for ATG theatre group, and working with the education sector to support teachers to bring creativity back into their classrooms (and to open their classrooms to the concept of outside learning).   

But as I reflect back on all of this, I realise that at the heart of all of these experiences was my desire to connect with others, to play and use creativity for good and powerful things, to go on adventures and take people to places that they didn’t think possible.  My personal experiences have shown me that life is too short for regrets, and I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing characters on my journey so far, (some of whom are still standing beside me on this adventure today) who have given me the courage to have a go, dream big and not only think outside the box, but climb right out of it too, and spend the day playing under the wide open sky...

Artist in Residence

Joley

With a degree in theatre and professional practice, I began my career in theatre and education at the Old Town Hall Theatre in Hemel Hempstead, before setting up Flametree Productions with Liz. We designed and delivered bespoke theatre-based experiences for schools, theatres and families, and built up a wide range of experience working with all ages and abilities to deliver projects designed to provide safe, engaging, exciting places for people to explore and feel inspired.

As an artist I work in all mediums. My passion is building interactive props, making educational objects and dressing spaces, often using recycled materials. I rarely produce identical items, because I enjoy making one-off projects designed for specific experiences. I'm delighted to be the Artist In Residence at The Patch, particularly during the Autumn season - natural resources will be in abundance and we'll be surrounded by beautiful colours and sounds. I've devised some seasonal workshops for you to join and I'll be adding some JoleyMakes creations around The Patch for you all to enjoy. I look forward to meeting and making with you soon.

Bizi

I still find it hard to believe that I started my career as a ballet dancer before hanging up my pointe shoes and beginning my work with children and young people. My work began as a volunteer at Haringey Shed, an inclusive theatre company which specialises in bringing together children of all backgrounds and abilities to create theatre. 15 years later I was still there running the company and working with over 2,000 children a year and with a staff team of inspiring young people who had once been our members! I am still incredibly proud of the work we did there to create a place where everyone was welcomed and included and celebrated for their unique contribution.

I took some time out to live in Peru for 6 months assisting in a school for children and young people with additional needs. It was an eye-opening experience that taught me even more about the value of creativity and connection to nurture others and ourselves. I now have 2 young children of my own whose love for mud encouraged me to retrain and I am now a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader. I founded Discovery Sprouts as a way to encourage families to share the outdoors with their littlest members and to enjoy being playful together. I have been busy running weekly pre-school sessions, holiday workshops Tree Parties and birthday parties. I also work alongside Woodland Adventure Club running Forest School sessions with local schools.

I’m passionate about inspiring families to enjoy more time outdoors and to reap the benefits for themselves and their children so I am delighted to be working as one of the Creators at The Patch. Meeting Liz and visiting the site for the first time was magical and I knew I would love the opportunity to work there. More than the fantastic facilities and inspiring location is the ethos we all share for connection, community and inclusion. I’m looking forward to working alongside the team to deliver some truly extraordinary projects and events.

Rosie & Kasia

We are delighted to bring our music.nature.create project to The Patch! As singers and flautists, you can expect to hear, and be a part of, the live music that carries across the field in and around the Patch. As Music Therapists (HCPC registered) at Chiltern Music Therapy, we have worked with children and adults of all ages across the community and in schools, hospitals and hospices. The Patch offers us a unique environment to bring live music, singing and the great outdoors all together. Our sessions all have time for reflection and we hope to bring a sense of focus and well-being to every activity we run.  

Our music.nature.create project offers children and adults an opportunity to use their creative side to develop learning, new skills and positive mental well-being. Our project will offer a community feel, bringing people together over a number of weeks and expanding the friendships and communities that we all exist within.

Link to Instagram: @musicnaturecreate

Link to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicnaturecreate-103371804784634

Liora

I am a mum of 3 children, one of whom has SEN and I have worked with children and families for over 25 years in schools and children centres. I lived in Israel for 10 years and after 5 years living there, I opened up an after school club for children age 3-11 years teaching English as a foreign language via cooking, story-telling, arts and crafts and fun activities which was an amazing experience

My son with autism struggled with schooling and I decided to home school him, he absolutely loved lego and I found ways to teach him maths, English and science using lego and this is where my journey really began. It inspired me to become qualified to facilitate lego based play therapy to children on the autistic spectrum I then decided to set up my own business Bricks, 3 years ago to do something that I feel passionate about, building up children’s self-esteem and confidence by providing an environment where they can feel safe, to express themselves and be creative and support them, especially for those that have to face challenges in their young lives, struggle with social interaction, have SEN or simply for children that enjoy quieter activities and have a love for Lego.

Lego is a lot more than just building blocks, there are so many benefits such as: developing problem solving and mathematical thinking, develops persistence, promotes fine motor skills, encourages team work, improves creativity, communication and listening skills, self esteem and helps to develop lateral thinking and planning skills I am known in my local area as the ‘lego lady’ running lego clubs and parties in hertfordshire I have had an amazing summer working at The Patch with Liz, bringing Lego outdoors – the perfect environment to combine creative play and the outdoors and excited to be part of the team working at The Patch for the autumn offering

Carly

I started going to yoga classes as a teenager, and discovered Ashtanga Yoga in 2002 and more recently Yin Yoga. In 2016 I completed a 300 hour Ashtanga and Yin Yoga teacher training course in London and also trained to teach Big Dog Little Dog Yoga to children aged between 4 and 8 years old (Little Dogs) and their parent/carer (Big Dogs), in 2019 I completed a yoga nidra training course.

I teac Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, Big Dog Little Dog Yoga and yoga and mindful creativity classes to children and teenagers. I also love baking bread, cycling, swimming, practicing cartwheels with my young daughter Rosa and walks in the woods with my dog Fred.

Vanessa

I am a qualified nutritional therapist based in Hertfordshire. Having studied through the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, I see clients that wish to improve their health and wellbeing through natural foods and lifestyle changes. I help families and individuals adopt positive eating habits and focus on what their body specifically thrives on. Providing a bespoke nutritional plan and meal plan after the session.

My passion is natural foods - the colours, textures and taste combinations and what these bring to you an as individual. But even more than that I find it inspiring the benefits nature provides to support the various systems within the body. My focus is on your diet and how new eating habits can help you day to day. The way the world has moved forward is challenging but not impossible to navigate if we want to sustain a healthy lifestyle. ...and that's where I can help. At the Patch I aim to bring my nutritional knowledge and meal ideas to help families enjoy cooking food from scratch with an understanding of the nutritional benefits that can be found using natural food ingredients.

Ali

I am really excited to start working at the Patch, it is an awe inspiring space to come and to be….but also a space to connect and to express. I will bring a playful, curious approach to my work, using drama, story creation and story sharing, role play and creative activities to aid reflection, connection and tools to nurture emotional wellbeing. I have always seen the arts as an extension of each individual for self-expression, to inspire, for emotional wellbeing, to learn and as a vehicle for personal growth and change.

I am a Dramatherapist and Community Arts Practitioner and have 20 years experience working within arts education from delivering community arts projects, Therapeutic Theatre projects and the last 12 years as a qualified Dramatherapist.  Through Safe Space  I provide individual and group dramatherapy sessions in Schools working with all age ranges aswell as freelance therapy work within other client settings such as: NHS Hospitals, Day Centres for adults with learning disabilities and rehabilitation centres. Alongside this work I have run theatre projects for adults with learning disabilities and some larger scale therapeutic theatre projects which have provided participants with the opportunity to share their own stories.