Being a parent within the Forest of Dean afford many opportunities for our children to become active and engaged with our surroundings. What is lacking is the provision of controlled environments for when the weather is being "British". When I met up with Kelly in January 2020 around an idea of a self-sustaining skate park in Ruspidge, she mentioned her ambition to scale this up to become an indoor skate park. This really sparked my interest as a parent and as a resident of the Forest of Dean. The forest deserves to have a facility that can be a regional, even national, hub for this ever-growing sport. Combined with a fabulous gym, climbing wall, outdoor skatepark, soft play, sensory rooms and a café, this is something that the Forest of Dean can be proud of and call its own.
I established and run a charity called the Ashley Scrivens Foundation, which aims to get our children active and engaged with sport and physical activity. Much of the work is about reaching out to the community to find areas and people that need out help in making these activities accessible. TASF works with schools and other youth organisations to identify those children who are most sedentary and unlikely to be engaged with any physical exercise and fund schemes that reach these children as well as affording opportunity to every child within our community.
I bring a huge amount of commercial experience gained from 20+ years within a sales and commercial environment within a leadership function. I also bring a huge amount of passion and experience in terms of setting up social projects that look to get children active and engaged in sport and physical exercise.