Meet our team…

Meet our team of builders, designers, planners and doers.

Sam Harradine

Co-founder & Managing Director

Managing HandsOn has come after several years in the industry working with businesses, business schools, universities and sports teams to plan and deliver high-quality team building and ‘away days’ that benefit charities, communities and schools all over the world. Previous to working in the corporate events industry, Sam spent 15 years in the Royal Navy, commissioning through the ranks and leaving as a Lieutenant Commander.

“Getting people together, working outside, getting HandsOn and doing something that individuals have never done before is a great way to help build a team. More importantly, creating something lasting for a charity or community gives a massive sense of achievement and pride.

Attending one of our fun filled, actioned packed HandsOn days can help any individual and team, especially in these uncertain times where many people have found themselves working from home and are perhaps feeling isolated.”

Sam is married with three young children. Living in the South West, he spends any free time encouraging them to surf and play rugby!

Toby Rix

Co-founder & Director

Design, making & crafting has always been intrinsically important to Toby. In recent years, he has worked in the events industry to design & deliver construction projects for communities and organisations all across the globe and has previously designed products that promote & encourage woodworking for children & hobbyists. For many years Toby has also run a design practice and has helped provide bespoke design, branding & marketing for companies.

“I’ve truly come to believe in the importance of people having something in their lives that they work on with their hands… something tactile, something tangible… and whether it’s through work or as a hobby, it can be really invigorating and instil a sense of pride in people.

That’s one of the important pillars of HandsOn (and certainly helped with the name), giving people a chance to get together and engage in experiences that are palpable.

Pairing this with helping communities and local groups, our HandsOn days really do benefit everyone involved.”

Toby holds a first-class honours degree in Product Design from Brunel University and his work has previously been exhibited at New Designers in London.

Outside of HandsOn, Toby loves spending time learning new skills, cycling along the East Devon coastline or in the sea… attempting to surf.

Lloyd Murrin

Project Operations

Working in community and school environments has always been a passion for Lloyd, having spent most of his professional life working in schools and providing educational opportunities for communities around the southwest.

“I’m extremely passionate about working with communities to develop, improve and help positive change to allow them to realise their full potential. After seeing that HandsOn have that same drive I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

To get the chance to work with a multitude of diverse people to make a difference is truly incredible. Here at HandsOn we get to do this every day and it’s something I’ll never take for granted”.

Outside of HandsOn Lloyd can be found playing local sport, exploring a new place or fishing usually without catching!

Our wider team.

We have a fantastic group of people that help us deliver our projects across the UK, from specialist tradespeople to independent filmmakers…

Our supporters.

Harry Hill

Non-Executive
Director

Peter Gordon

Non-Executive
Director

Simon Allen

Matthew Hill

Rupert Hill

Martin Robinson

Our story…

Having spent years designing and delivering projects all over the globe, the HandsOn founders – Sam and Toby – wanted to build a company that brought people together through shared experiences that benefit communities all over the UK.

We had another fantastic day on the Wolverhampton project yesterday! On Day 2, the @sjpwealth volunteers began assembling the cabin, they also laid down the gravel for the path and painted the walls. The progress is incredible, and the cabin is starting to take shape. A huge thank you to everyone involved!

#HandsOn #SJPTeam #OutdoorClassroom #WolverhamptonProject #Teamwork #VolunteerEffort
We had an amazing turnout today with the @sjpwealth team joining us to kick off the first stage of the new outdoor multi-use cabin/classroom build for the Wolverhampton project. 

The team jumped right into action, building the framing, digging the path, and filling the planters. It’s already coming together fantastically, and we look forward to welcoming tomorrow’s volunteers!

#GetHandsOn #SJP #OutdoorClassroom #Teamwork
Exciting news! The site in Wolverhampton is now prepped and ready for the @sjpwealth team to start construction this week. We are building a new outdoor multi-use cabin/classroom, providing pupils with an amazing space for learning, relaxation, and socialising.

We’re also enhancing accessibility by connecting the cabin to the playground with a beautiful winding path. Plus, we’ll be adding seating pods throughout the forest school area to make it more functional and inviting.

#GetHandsOn #OutdoorClassroom #Wolverhampton #ForestSchool #Accessibility
We are currently completing phase 1 of the @oasisplaylondon Adventure Playground build, the playground is already beginning to take shape, take a look at this timelapse! This phase marks a major milestone in our mission to transform the adventure playground into a more inclusive and accessible space, where children of all abilities can stay active through play, adventure, and exercise.

We were delighted to have the team from LTG join us, bringing their hard work and enthusiasm to the project. During this phase, we focused on laying the groundwork, building the framing, and starting the first play structures.

Stay tuned for more updates as we transition into Phase 2 of the build!

#GetHandsOn #LTG #OasisPlay #AdventurePlayground #Community #InclusivePlay
We were thrilled to have some of the team from LTG come on Tuesday to give us a helping hand in transforming Oasis Play’s adventure playground! Together, we’re reimagining this space to be more inclusive and accessible, encouraging a wide range of children to stay active through play, adventure, and exercise. 

It’s all coming together, so keep your eyes peeled!

#GetHandsOn #LTG #OasisPlay #AdventurePlayground
Congratulations to everyone who ran the iconic @londonmarathon a couple weeks ago! It was great to see the city of London come out and support all of the 50,000+ runners.

The London Marathon Foundation has awarded millions of pounds to projects in London and across the UK that help people lead more active and healthy lives. One of those fantastic projects started a couple weeks ago in Stockwell for the @oasisplaylondon charity. HandsOn are completely rebuilding the charity’s adventure playground structure into a more inclusive and accessible space that will engage a huge range of children and get them more active through play, adventure and exercise.

Here are a few videos of how we’ve been getting on!

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From tearing down, to building everything from the ground up, it’s been an absolute pleasure to help transform the @vranchhouse staff room into a space where the staff can truly relax! Check out the before-and-after shots to witness the incredible transformation.

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We’ve been hard at work building something special for the amazing staff at @vranchhouse. Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes as we transform their staff room into something they truly deserve. Stay tuned for the big reveal! 
 
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Exciting news! We are rebuilding a vital play facility for the children of Stockwell in London, for the incredible @oasisplaylondon charity.

In one of London’s most diverse and deprived communities, Oasisplay is dedicated to creating innovative and inclusive outdoor play and learning spaces. Their mission? Empowering disabled, non-disabled children and young people to lead active, happy, and fulfilled lives.

Sadly, the lack of safe outdoor areas means the local children suffer from a nature deficit and inactive lives. The main play structure at the centre of the site (second photo)– an absolute favourite of the children as it got them climbing, running, hiding and leaping – has been decommissioned and partly taken down as it has reached the end of its life. 

Despite challenges, Oasisplay has secured funding from the @londonmarathon Charitable Trust’s Active Spaces Fund.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, contact us by:
Calling us on +44 1392 304013 or emailing us at info@gethandson.co.uk

#GetHandsOn #Oasisplay #CommunitySupport #InclusivePlaygrounds
Did you know that corporate volunteering isn't just about giving back? It also contributes to productivity gains worth at least £4.6 billion annually!
 
Check out this insightful article by The Times highlighting the benefits of corporate volunteering:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/times-recruitment-professionals-who-volunteer-benefit-from-their-kindness-to-others-7297gnqnd

Whether you're looking to climb the career ladder or embark on a new journey, volunteering can be your secret weapon for personal and professional growth. It's not just about helping others—it's about helping yourself too! 

#GiveAHelpingHand #GetHandsOn #CorporateVolunteering