We carefully select our mentors based on their qualifications, experience and suitability, in order to ensure we have the right individuals to meet the diverse range of needs we encounter.

Each member of staff brings an invaluable set of skills to help create the right environment for our young people to engage and succeed.

Life Shed is committed to continual staff development whilst certifying all staff have the necessary child protection and health & safety training.


    Craig Farr –  Director

    Craig’s enthusiasm to support and positively impact the lives of young people was the driving force behind starting Life Shed. Over a decade of experience within the social care and education industry, Craig’s expertise, commitment to the young people, and above all his ability to bring out the best in everyone, makes him the vital ingredient at Life Shed.

    Previously Manager of an Alternative Education Provision, Mentor Coordinator, and House Manager of two residential care homes in a Special Educational Needs setting, Craig’s experience and proactive approach to every young person is second to none. Continuously facilitating growth and development in the lives of young people, Craig’s innovation and vision furthermore enables Life Shed to grow and fulfil the needs of the younger generation.

    BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching
    NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children & Young People’s Mental Health
    FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
    Level 3 Education and Training (PTLLS)
    Level 3 NVQ in Health and Social Care – Children and Young People

    David Clarke – Senior Mentor & Tutor

    Dave has over twenty years’ experience teaching science, maths, geography and outdoor education in special school settings (SEMH, ASD and LAC). In addition, he spent two years in the residential care setting working with extremely vulnerable children, mainly in the outdoor environment.

    Dave spent over three years living and teaching in Botswana, and it is here that he developed a real passion for bushcraft and was lucky enough to hone his survival skills crossing both the Kalahari and Namib deserts.

    He believes that a critical aspect of this work at Life Shed is building positive relationships, based on mutual respect and trust. For him the needs of the child are paramount. In a previous role he spent 5 years as a behaviour management, de-escalation, control and restraint instructor where de-escalation was always his focus and end goal.

    Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Science in the Environment.
    BSc (Hons) Geology
    Mountain Bike instructor
    Paddlesport Instructor
    Hill and Moorland Leader
    First Aid Instructor
    Member of the Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL) (Special interest groups, bushcraft and outdoor learning)
    Training to become a bushcraft leader (ongoing)

    Glyn Thomas – Mentor

    Glyn has worked in a specialist social, emotional, and mental health settings since early 2013. He has wide range of experience in supporting young people with additional needs including in the classroom, through personal and family pastoral support, and through multi-agency working. As Alternative Provision Manager within the specialist setting, Glyn’s role involved creating and providing bespoke timetables aimed at meeting the specific individual needs of each young person.

    Wanting to develop his skills further, Glyn undertook and attained a first-class honours degree in childhood and youth professional studies. Undertaking the degree whilst working fulltime allowed Glyn to experience first-hand how particular theories such as attachment, cognitive development, motivational and social learning all affect the lives of young people.

    At his happiest when cycling and rock climbing, Glyn has joined Life Shed with the intention of combing his passion of the outdoors with his knowledge and skills of supporting young people. Using outdoor activities as the vehicle, Glyn wants to help young people develop personal capabilities so that they can themselves overcome barriers to progress.

    1st Class Hons BA Childhood and Youth Professional Studies.
    Level 3 Learning Support Assistant.
    In consolidation period of Climbing Wall instructor.


    Trudi is a highly experienced GCSE level teacher and Bushcraft Instructor, specialising in educating young people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviors.

    She was a leader in establishing Bushcraft lessons in her previous education setting, assessing young people’s skills and engaging students in an alternative form of education.

    A professional individual who brings a calming influence to her teaching.

    Forest School Revalidation Course, CPD, Shropshire Council
    ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid
    Level 1 Bushcraft Instructors Course, Cruckton Hall School
    Level 3 NVQ Teaching Assistant
    NOCN Level 3 Forest School Practitioner

    Chloe Walker – Services Manager

    Chloe is a methodical and motivated individual who has worked within the care sector for over the past 11 years. Previous roles have included Residential Support Worker, House Manager, Designated Safeguarding Officer and Deputy Head of Care and holds her NVQ level 5 in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare.
    She has an excellent understanding of the requirements of the service, audit processes and legislation. She is child centred, approachable and instrumental in the development of the service.

    Level 3 NVQ in Health and Social Care – Children and Young People
    NVQ level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for residential care
    Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Jeff Abbots – Forest School Instructor

    Jeff has over 16 years teaching Bushcraft and Forest School skills to children and adults of all abilities, including special needs. He is passionate about sharing his outdoor skills with young people and supporting them to take achievable steps of discovery in a non-judgemental, outdoor environment which fosters positive self-esteem and resilience in a unique way. He wild camped before the term was even invented and whilst living in America he learnt bushcraft skills, living off the land in harmony with nature from native Americans.

    Jeff’s focus is always to support young people in crisis with caring and empathy. He is delighted to be a part of the Life shed Team and for the opportunity to make a difference by sharing his passion of the outdoors with young people.

    NOCN Forest School Practitioner Level 3
    Level 1 Bushcraft Instructor – Woodlore
    NVQ Level 3 Health & Social Care Children & Young People
    City & Guilds Mechanical Engineering
    Shukokai Karate Black Belt 4th Dan
    British Team World Karate Champion 1984

    Jack Shantry –  Mentor

    A former professional sportsman and coach of elite young athletes, Jack is used to working in pressurised, high-performance environments. Jack is an enthusiastic and skilled communicator and engenders high standards and a growth mindset in others.
    Jack brings a unique set of skills to Life Shed achieved through his professional days and more recently as a Cricket umpire, he has worked with, engaged and challenged a diverse group of individuals to better themselves to achieve goals within an elite sporting environment. Jack’s experiences add a new dimension to the Life Shed team, he will become a positive role model and inspiration for the young people at Life Shed.

    Level 2 Cricket Coach

    Demi Whitrick – Mentor & Holiday Camp Coordinator

    Demi is  versatile and adaptable individual who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Life Shed through her previous roles within social care and education. She has supported young people with a range of needs in order for them to achieve and be successful.

    Demi has an enthusiastic and creative approach in supporting young people, her dedication and caring personality combined with her experience and knowledge allow Demi to positively impact young people at Life Shed.

    Level 3 NVQ in Health and Social care – Children & Young People
    Level 3 NVQ in Health and Social care – Adults

    Julia Bishop – Admin Assistant

    Julia is an accomplished administrator specialising in  the social care and education sectors.

    She possesses a wealth of knowledge on anti-bullying and child development which she has acquired from previous roles.

    Julia is a proactive individual who hugely adds to Life Shed’s organisation and efficiency.

    Anti-Bullying Module 1, CPD Certified
    BTEC Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
    Level 3 NVQ in Health and Social Care – Children and Young People

    Where to find us

    The Life Shed
    Shropshire Youth
    Grange School Campus
    Mount Pleasant Road
    Shrewsbury SY1 3SW


    Contact the Life Shed director, Craig Farr
    telephone:  07368 88 3534
    or email: craig@lifeshed.co.uk


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