I just spent a few hours putting a back-log of Esc hero interviews live. Reading these profiles is one of the best bits of running Esc. I’m constantly impressed and inspired by what people are getting up to.

The final question on every Esc Hero profile is:

“Is there any particular way you could help Escape the City members?”

It is absolutely mind-boggling how generous people are prepared to be with their time. We have over 200 stories on Escape the City and most of them are contactable and willing to help. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

This is just a selection:

Circumnavigating the Atlantic Ocean

“We are always happy to talk to anyone embarking on a similar endeavour.”

Atlantic Rising – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/28588/

Wavehunters – a surfing lifestyle company

“We have lots and lots of contacts in our industry so come to Cornwall for surf and a beer and we will chat it through………. (or just drop us an email andycameron@wavehunters.co.uk)”

Andy Cameron – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/29318/

Taking a different route: rafting.co.uk

“Anyone wants to chat over setting up or puchasing a business I am more than happy to as I have started 3 and purchased 3 so starting to get to grips with it. Also happy to advise help anyone get into the adventure travel and activity business if that is their interest.”

Peter Syme – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/29442/

The founding story of READ International

“I’m a keen networker, connector, and coffee addict – so if anyone buys me a coffee I’m always happy to have a quick chat.”

Rob Wilson – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/29755/

Miss Jones: The PA’s personal assistant!

I am more than happy to help with the following:

  • Advice on starting your own business
  • Watch out for the pitfalls
  • Mentoring

Henrietta MacEwen – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/29868/

The story behind www.winebird.co.uk

“Yes. I can enhance their lives by teaching them the REAL basics of wine language! Seriously though, I’m a never-give-up-on-your-dream and life-is-too-short kind of girl. If anyone needs that extra push to remember why, I’m here to chat.”

Helena Nicklin – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/26804/

From Linklaters & UBS > Moolis restaurant

“Counselling! and feeding them the most exciting new food.”

Mathew Chandy – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/28763/

Lawyer turned CBBC assistant script editor

I’d just say don’t be afraid to email anyone you can find who works in the media! Media is all about the networking, and I’ve been surprised at how willing people have been to meet up and chat to me about their experiences, usually because they’ve been in the same position I was once and understand what you’re going through.

Deanne Cunningham – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/29731/

On starting ‘Open Society’

“There are lots of ways we can help people wanting to develop skills, expand their network, build contacts and start enterprises and projects of their own – just by signing up for free I am sure there will be something for everyone.”

Annie Broadbent – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/27046/


“I think the best way I can be of help is mentoring people through the process of change and being someone to talk to about their hopes and fears for the future. I understand that changing your life drastically is a scary thing and sometimes you don’t feel that the people closest to you will understand. So if you need to off-load or talk about your ideas or your fears of leaving a life you know with anyone then I’m happy to listen, to brain-storm and to share ideas with you or just talk about the process of leaping into the unknown. I write my blog to help me sort through my thoughts and ideas and to document the steps I’m taking to change my life. Hopefully it will also give other people the sense that they can do so too.

“Finally, I’m open to lots of different potential careers and have a few ideas floating around in my head for start-up businesses. So if you want to share ideas, brain-storm or are looking for a business partner then do get in touch!”

Olivia Yacoub – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/14207/

Freelance personal trainer in SW London

People who go out to inspire others through sport are often ex-gold medalists or have some high profile link to the sporting world. I am a very average person with a slightly different outlook on life and sometimes, this in itself is nice to see.

If I do inspire you, the chances are, I can train you as well.

Richard Hume – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/27479/

My social enterprise adventure travel website

Our travel ambassador program gives people a way to earn a bit of extra cash on the road, build some new skills, meet people and explore places in a new light.

Other than that, always delighted to connect with people and share ideas, experiences and hopefully provide some sensible advice now and then (especially when it comes to taking some time out and exploring the world).

Alex Narracott – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/27593/

Ex-recruiter running a specialist oak business

I am looking to expand the business and would be happy to consider employing someone who may have generic business skills but not necessarily oak framing experience (as this was the situation i was in). in time, i would also like to offer apprenticeships to people looking to break into the industry.

Oli Guthrie – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/28832/

The story of an accidental entrepreneur

I love love love connecting with new people!  If you’re in the Chicago-land area, come to an event.  If you’re far away, reach out.  I am constantly amazed by how generous and supportive people are, even if complete strangers.

I also love collaborating, referring awesomeness to my network, and cross-promotion – if you’re a part of awesomeness and think there’s potential for us to smush goodness, reach out.  For whatever reason, people in my expansive network listen to my suggestions.  So if you have a service, job opening, event that warrants spreading the word…

I know a lot of Brits are a part of the ESC community [you guys are so lucky to have this in your backyard!].  It’s a dream of mine to bring Mac ‘n Cheese events to Great Britain [my 2008 New Year’s Resolution was to be more British, whatever that means], probably starting with London.  If that happens, hopefully I can help you grow your community in person!

Saya Hillman – http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/12772/


What are you waiting for? There are people out there who will help you if you ask!

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