AN EXPLORER who as journeyed to both poles will be giving an inspirational speech at Dunfermline High School.

The talk by Craig Mathieson, Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) explorer in residence, is part of the association's Inspiring People programme.

He will be discussing his work with The Polar Academy, which works with "invisible" children in Scotland.

He said: "The Polar Academy training is about the silent kids in the education system, not the kids who excel and not the kids who cause a fuss but the ones that get forgotten in the middle. The Polar Academy creates role models who can in turn encourage and inspire their peers."

Every year a small group is selected to undergo intensive training for a polar expedition and during lockdown the academy expanded its work to introduce new initiatives to help teenagers struggling with their mental health due to a lack of social interaction and access to activities.

Craig will be accompanied by students Arran Goddard and Lauren Calley to reflect on the challenges of running a charity while demand on services is increasing.

Mike Robinson, RSGS Chief Executive, said: "We are really looking forward to hosting our own RSGS Explorer-in-Residence, Craig Mathieson, for the Inspiring People talks programme this year.

"Craig’s previous talks for the Society have provoked high emotion and inspiration from audiences who recognise the opportunity for social change that exploration can bring."

Tickets are free for RSGS members, students, and under 18s and are £10 for general admission.

A seat can be booked online here and will also be available on the door for cash only.

The talk will take place at 8pm on Wednesday, January 11, at Dunfermline High School.