About Thrive Outside

Thrive Outside is a York-based Community Interest Company.

We create opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to improve their physical and mental wellbeing by engaging with nature, learning traditional outdoor crafts, and being gently physically active with others in local green spaces

Our Team

Melanie Elkan

I started teaching design technology over 30 years ago, with a specialism in woodwork. I taught woodwork at Steiner school and have run outdoor woodwork and bushcraft sessions for adults and children of all abilities for many years. I have a wealth of experience in community development helping people find joy in being creative in nature.
I am a qualified personal trainer and run leader, with specialist qualifications to support people with long term health issues. I believe being outside is a key ingredient for improving physical and mental well being.

Claire Drury

I’ve participated in delivering craft workshops for almost 20 years, with a focus on using natural materials to create something handmade and unique.
I have worked with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. I am happiest working outdoors and most enjoy running sessions in woodlands.
I am also a BWY yoga teacher and practice yoga outside whenever possible.
Yoga and crafting come together in their therapeutic qualities. For me, both are an exercise in mindfulness