Heal Future is the network for our young supporters
(aged 30 and under)
It's a space for young rewilders to communicate with us at Heal, to network with each other and share thoughts and ideas about how we can grow as an organisation. The network is led by our young supporters so that as it develops it takes on a format that works for them.
If you’re 30 or under and would like to register with the Heal Future network, please fill in your details below. Everyone is welcome - we’d be thrilled to have you on board!
Nature for everyone
Our youth advisory panel members are passionate about equality. Their input is helping to grow Heal into an inclusive charity that welcomes, and benefits, people from all backgrounds.
As part of our work to form our diversity strategy, the youth advisory panel submitted a provocation for the newly formed Unlocking Landscapes network. You're welcome to download it (click below).
The Voice of Heal Future
We have created three youth leadership roles which together are the Voice of Heal Future. The roles are centred around the three pillars of Heal: rewilding, climate and wellbeing.
As leaders in the Heal Future network, the Voice of Heal Future team will use their talent for communication and advocacy to engage the general public with Heal, particularly young people (under 30). They will raise awareness about the charity’s work to create new rewilding sites across the English lowlands.
Holly Gillibrand | 15
Holly is an environmentalist, activist and writer from Scotland. In addition to her role as Heal’s Rewilding Voice, Holly is also a Youth Ambassador for Scotland: The Big Picture. She has also taken part in multiple school strikes to demand more action on climate change.
Bella Lack | 17
Bella is a conservationist, campaigner and story-teller from London. In addition to her role as Heal’s Climate Voice, Bella is also an ambassador for the Born Free Foundation, Save the Asian Elephants, the RSPCA and the Jane Goodall Foundation.
Mark Crisp | 25
Mark is a passionate conservationist from Kent. Through social media, he explores the connection we all have with the natural world and how essential it is for improving our physical and mental wellbeing. Mark also has experience working for the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB.
The Heal Future Advisory Panel
The Heal Future Advisory Panel is a group of ten young people from the Heal Future Network, appointed to represent the views of young people within Heal. The Advisory Panel will ensure that Heal's work on nature’s recovery, climate change and wellbeing resonates with, and benefits, younger generations now and in years to come. Our Future Advisors will scrutinise Heal plans and policies as they are developed, create and refine marketing and promotional materials, contribute to awareness campaigns, and suggest new ideas on how Heal can help people of all ages and backgrounds to reconnect with nature.
Eva | 15
Hello, my name is Eva and I'm currently a student in school. I have always enjoyed animals and nature, and, reflecting on that there are so many things that I admire about Heal. Some of the rewilding activities I most look forward to are helping our ecosystems to recover, in turn helping to create habitats for species of plants, animals etc. to thrive and inspiring people to enjoy nature. I love so many different species, but picking one I would choose the red fox because of its intelligent character.
Fergus | 19
Hi! I’m Fergus, and I am studying politics at University. I can’t wait to help Heal bring exciting ecosystems, wild experiences and hope around the country. My favourite native UK species is the Beaver, aside from how cute it is, I’m excited by everything it can offer other species and us.
Mir | 21
Hi! My name is Mir and I'm currently doing my Master's degree in Classics. I am so pleased to be a part of Heal; I'm particularly excited about helping with their efforts to recover local ecosystems. I am a big fan of an eclectic mix of animals - including the fin whale - but my favourite would have to be the pipistrelle bat.
Steph | 24
Hello! I’m Steph and I currently work in the pharmaceutical industry. I’ve always preferred spending time outdoors and thanks to reading ‘Wilding’ by Isabella Tree, I am so excited to support Heal restore native ecosystems, which will in turn remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and simultaneously improve biodiversity. In terms of my favourite species, ever since I heard them described as ‘flying lollipops’, I always enjoy seeing long-tailed tits on the bird feeder!
Nathan | 25
Hey, my name is Nathan and I've just finished an MSc in Species Identification. The natural world has been a constant source of inspiration for me and aiding Heal restore and rewild the processes of our landscape is something that I feel will benefit all! My favourite species has got to be the swift as they fly between the UK and Africa every year only ever touching solid ground to nest!
Alex | 26
Hi! I'm Alex and I work on digital comms for a large economic research institute. My interest in rewilding stems from a small piece of set aside farmland near my house which has become a vital sanctuary for wildlife. My hope for Heal is that we can provide a space for wildlife to thrive and recover, whilst balancing that with the remarkable opportunity this represents to give people a space to imagine a wilder world. I'm a big fan of trees, and am very interested in the diverse community of life they support. My favourite, and a bit of a classic, is the English oak.
Callum | 26
Hi! I’m Callum and I’m the Programmes Manager at the international development charity Excellent Development. I’m really excited about Heal’s ambitions to create new habitats, and to connect with people to spread the word about all the benefits of rewilding. My favourite species would be the jay because of its habit of burying acorns, allowing oak trees to grow.
Chantelle | 26
Hi, I’m Chantelle Lindsay! I’m 26 years old and I work for the London Wildlife Trust as the Project Officer for the Great North Wood Project. I’ve been in awe of the natural world ever since I can remember and feel a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of it, which is why I’m excited to see how nature responds in Heal’s wild havens. One of my favourite UK plant species is the bee orchid (Ophrys apifera), mostly for its clever bee mimicry.