A major and developing strand of QPC’s work is outdoor education and experience. Uniquely in the sector, we have recruited an outdoors specialist, Richard Breed, to lead our activity team and drive forward our ability to offer meaning and life-changing outdoors experiences to the young people who live with us. We do this because we understand the link between physical activity and mental health: that by building confidence and resilience through the opportunity to test themselves (working as part of group or individually) in new environments and learning new skills, beyond what they though possible, ensures that each young person feels more confident, motivated and able. This then helps in other areas of their life in the home, in education and in starting healing by building new relationships and a new understanding of themselves. Our focus through all of our programs is improved mental health literacy leading to greater impulse control and emotional well-being.
Richard is a fully qualified outdoor professional and instructor with over 15 years’ experience of working in the field of Outdoor Education. He is absolutely passionate about the outdoors and the positive force it can be in a young person’s development and education. Before joining QPC, Richard had a proven track record, including with The Princes’ Trust of engaging positively with young people from the age of 8 up to 25 who are the ‘hardest to reach’.
Richard has a BSc (Hons) Outdoor and Environmental Education with a range of additional outdoors qualifications and training including in Mountain Leader Summer, Single Pitch, BCU Paddlesports Coach, White Water and Safety Rescue Training, Kayak Leader Training, Bushcraft, Gorge Walking and Coasteering as well as First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and PPE Inspection for the Adventurous Activities Sector. All our activities are robustly risk assessed and led by appropriately qualified and experienced people.