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from Andy Robinson, IOL CEO, July 2015

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Date Added:30 July 2015

from Andy Robinson, IOL CEO, July 2015

 

I hope the season’s UK activity levels have been better than the air temperatures!  The work at a national level to ensure increased participation in outdoor activity has not been dampened.  In addition to the Institute’s work with the Blagrave Trust to review impact evaluation across outdoor learning, The Sports & Recreation Alliance and the Outdoor Industries Association have pushed on with their work for the Dept. for Culture, Media & Sport to provide guidance for an Outdoor Recreation Strategy.  IOL have fed into this work and informed the messages to the department regarding the outdoor learning elements.  If you have any strong views on the Government’s approach to promoting and supporting outdoor recreation please do ensure your voice is heard by either contacting your MP direct and/or passing me your thoughts by email

 

The Institute continues to work on finding or developing the right supporting services for practitioners and provider organisations.  We are currently in dialogue with AIM, the Mutual provider of liability cover in the sector, with a view to providing more accessible cover for the outdoor freelance population.  We expect a new level and price of cover to be available in the next few weeks.

 

Gender equity?  Is your organisation missing out on the benefits of a healthy gender mix in its leadership team?  There is robust evidence to suggest that all male leadership teams are liable to be less effective than leadership teams with a mix of genders.  Does our sector suffer from being insufficiently diverse in this regard ?  Thanks to a donor the Institute is funding research into this area.  The project is being lead by Cress Allwood and will draw on a wide cross section of organisations.  If you have relevant insights in this area or would like to ensure your organisation participates in the research please contact us by email  If you’re looking to develop your leadership skills, regardless of gender, you might wish to join Neal Anderson and I as we deliver a IOL Leadership workshop on the 22/23rd September Details & booking

The recent tragic drowning of young Jessica Lawson in a lake in France has met with a sympathetic hearing from much of the UK press.  Though such fatal incidents are rare as we know they attract disproportionate profile.  I think it is a reflection of some careful commentary by senior practitioners in our sector and also a meaningful shift in society’s attitude towards adventure, that the press around this latest incident has been relatively supportive.  IOL continues to support RLSS’s work with the National Water Safety Management Programme.  In addition to the recent Horizon’s article further workshops will be available this Autumn.

Finally, thanks to those who have suggested themes for next year’s IOL National Conference.  If you missed the previous invitation do let us know your thoughts and do get the dates in your diary 14/15th October 2016.




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The Institute for Outdoor Learning supports practitioners and providers of Outdoor Learning. Our mission is to increase participation in outdoor learning in the UK and to recognise and improve the quality of outdoor learning in the UK. - See more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=40#sthash.CUZDhwSj.dpuf
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