We currently have three fabulous members of paid staff at Active8.

Have a scroll to meet them and see what they say about Active8 and what they do.

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I started volunteering for Active8 in 2010 whilst at University and enjoyed it so much that in 2016 I left being a PE teacher to work for the charity. I have had some amazing experiences working with the young people in the charity but my favourite experience was supporting a group at the 2012 London Paralympics and sneaking into the athletes area with one of the young people!

In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities such as surfing and hiking, watching and playing sport and when I'm tired I like chilling out in front of a good film or boxset.

Active8 manager / Acceler8 Youth Worker and Project Leader


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I am happy to be working for Active8. Since moving to Cornwall 17 years ago, I have worked with families of children and young people with disabilities and I am excited to be working for a charity that has such a good reputation in Cornwall.I have four children aged between 27 and 13, all boys. My house when they were all at home and younger was a very loud one! The older two are now living in Plymouth and Bristol but we still see them a lot. Our third boy is 16, has a disability, and fantastic and our amazing fourth boy is a typical 13 year old - need I say more! My lone female companion is a basset hound who I adore.

Charity Fundraiser and Facilitator



I am Vanessa, I am a Youth Worker for Active8 and the project lead for Motive8. I started with the fantastic charity back in January 2018. It is fantastic to work with a great bunch of young people and see them fulfil their personal goals through doing some amazing activities.

Previously I worked with young adults and their families within the Health and Social Care sector.

I spend my spare time with my husband, three lively young children and two energetic Labradors. My household is fun, lively and loud and there is never a quiet moment.

Illumin8 Project Worker


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 I am the newest member of the Active8 team! I am a Youth Worker and a project worker for Illumin8. I am looking forward to working with such a fantastic bunch of people! I previously worked in the Disabled Children’s Team and as an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor.

I love living in Cornwall as it enables me to take part in lots of activities from muddy obstacle course races to coasteering.


At home I live with my husband, two young children, pet dog (Snoop) and fluffy cats (Minnow and Dave).

Illumin8 Project Worker


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