Group Leader Interview – Jaclyn

Name: Jaclyn
When Started: 2013

Position Held: Senior Course Leader
Background: BA Honours in TV and Radio Production, then worked in a theatre school, teaching children from 4-18. 
Hobbies / Interests: Walking my dog, going to the cinema, going out for food and snowboarding

What centre do you work at and what’s great about where you  live?

Todmorden Centres, which is in a lovely scenic area with lots of places to walk and a quick trip to Manchester for shopping and food.

Why did you choose Robinwood?

I wanted to work with children, and I liked the mix of outdoor activities and imaginative problem solving tasks.

How did you find the selection process?


What’s your favourite thing about working for Robinwood?

Being able to make a difference.

What was the highlight of your training?

Being able to try lots of new activities that I’d never done before.

What’s the Coolest part of your job?

The social events that come with the job, that we get to enjoy with colleagues.

What is it like working with 7-11 year olds?

Challenging yet rewarding!

Describe your first group in 5 words.

Scary, fun, enlightening, tiring, fulfilling.

What’s the nicest thing someone has done for you since you started?

Staff check in with each other and look after each other all the time, I always feel supported and cared for.

What is your favourite session to run and why?

Caving because by the end, even the most nervous child tends to have joined in, so it’s great for building confidence.

Have you been on any social events and what were they like?

I’ve been on loads!  There’s something for everyone, they’re so varied.  The big end of season events are always great fun to go to.

Have you tried anything new since starting at Robinwood?

Other staff have encouraged me to develop skills in climbing and canoeing, as well as activities on socials such as dragon boat racing, trampolining and canyoning.

What extra training have you done since joining Robinwood and is there more you plan to do?

Autism and disability awareness training, sign language, advanced driving, mental health awareness, there’s so much!

What advice would you give to someone considering applying?

It’s a great place to work – you have to be prepared to work hard, but the more you put in, the more rewarding it will be!


It’s a great place to work – you have to be prepared to work hard, but the more you put in, the more rewarding it will be!