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Working with Challenging BehaviourDATE FOR YOUR DIARY!

IOL NW Summer Practitioners Gathering 2017

ENTIRELY OUTDOORS

A Date for your diary. More info later.

15th September 2017 at Low Wray, Ambleside.


IOL North West Conference 2017

Took place on Friday 20 January 2017 - 9am - 5pm at the University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus

Morning and Lunchtime sessions

Afternoon sessions
We have three levels at which we are trying to pitch the workshops:
- Entry level for those new to the field including students, trainees, apprentices.
- Practitioner level for those with a good level of experience.
- Senior level for managers, decision makers and strategic thinkers.
  • Operating Requirements for Ropes Courses
  • Choice Theory in the Outdoors
  • Mindfulness in the workplace
  • Gender parity and more effective utilisation of male mentors...

  • The Knife versus the Potato Peeler

  • The Prevent Strategy – Pros and cons from practice and the impact on young people…
  • Beyond the Bubble-wrap: managing risk in the outdoors
  • Glaciers to Rewilding: Landscape change in the Lake District
  • Recognising and encouraging good practice in Outdoor Learning

  • Developing a culture of school-led outdoor learning - a case study of "how we’ve done it” in an 11- 16 school
  • Adventure sport and older adults: a case study of socialisation through caving and potential implications for practitioners
  • Surprising Stereotypes
  • Slow Adventure in a Fast World
  • Use GPS to create self sufficient navigators in minutes and spend more time in the environment
  • Tree Wisdom
  • Team Building with Friction Fire
  • How to Get More Business – part three
  • Fire up the creativity
  • Building Independence, self-confidence and resilience through Navigation
  • Outdoor Safeguarding Solutions
  • Ice breakers, warm ups and group games
  • Campfire Talk
  • Fire for all ages – the complete fire workshop
  • Whittling
  • Engaging children with climate change through exploring peat and mires


IOL NW Summer Practitioners Gathering 2016

Took place on Friday 9th September 2016 - Low Wray Campsite, Ambleside.

Sixty practitioners gathered again at the National Trust’s Low Wray Campsite between Ambleside and Hawkshead on 9 September to share their passions in outdoor learning.

We hosted 10 international students from the University of Cumbria as well as rangers and project leaders from the National Trust’s site in the north west  - adding to the diversity which makes us so strong and the networking opportunities that are so valuable to members.


Thanks again go to the presenters for sharing their expertise and enthusiasms and the National Trust for hosting us.

Some photos of the day by Steve Berry >>>

Download the full info in the brochure



Workshops were:
  • The Quest for the Child Led Session
  • Building and using outdoor stoves
  • Trees ‘n’ twigs – Ancient myths and practical uses for Outdoor Leaders
  • Enriching outdoor sessions with fieldwork
  • Fun, Exciting and Adventurous Navigation
  • Choice Theory in the Outdoors
  • Pedal Potential – Developing learning outcomes through cycling activities
  • Recognising and encouraging good practice in Outdoor Learning
  • How to become an outdoor and adventure therapist
  • Stickle Ghyll Familiarisation Session
  • Rabbits – from basic preparation in the field to a meal on your plate
  • Friction Fire

The workshop will look at the causes of Challenging Behaviour and at various ways to work with those young people who display it. We will aim to meet individual needs and finish with some Action Learning Sets to share experience and knowledge within the room.

Please come with a question or problem you have in regards to your experience with Challenging Behaviour.

Suitable for individuals who want an introduction to the topic and also practitioners who want further understanding in this area.

 

Christy Miles is an APIOL and has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 12 years, 8 of which were spent in the Princes Trust Fairbridge Programme working as an Outdoor Development Tutor with groups displaying challenging behaviour. Christy now works for Inspiring Learning’s training team as a Learning and Development Tutor.

- See more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=126&EventId=2927#sthash.NSuGqh7n.dpuf

The workshop will look at the causes of Challenging Behaviour and at various ways to work with those young people who display it. We will aim to meet individual needs and finish with some Action Learning Sets to share experience and knowledge within the room.

Please come with a question or problem you have in regards to your experience with Challenging Behaviour.

Suitable for individuals who want an introduction to the topic and also practitioners who want further understanding in this area.

 

Christy Miles is an APIOL and has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 12 years, 8 of which were spent in the Princes Trust Fairbridge Programme working as an Outdoor Development Tutor with groups displaying challenging behaviour. Christy now works for Inspiring Learning’s training team as a Learning and Development Tutor.

- See more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=126&EventId=2927#sthash.NSuGqh7n.dpuf

BOOKING FOR IOL EVENTS

book online

  • By phone on 01228 564580
  • IOL Organisational members booking at the member rate for up to five of your team please email us.

IOL North West Conference 2016 - 29/1/16 Ambleside

See a report on the IOL NW Conference web page......

IOL NW Regional Meetings 2016

  • Friday 18th November – Univ of Cumbria, Ambleside
  • Friday 13th January – venue TBA

IOL NW Summer Practitioners Gathering - Entirely outdoors - all day!

Friday 11th September 2015

at National Trust’s Low Wray Campsite, Ambleside

There is an album of photos from this wonderful day of outdoor workshops and networking on the IOL Facebook page.

 

With thanks to Neal Anderson, Chris Loynes, Steve Berry and Elspeth Mason for the photos.


NW summer event 2015
 

 

IOL North West Conference - 23 January 2015

At Brathay Hall, Ambleside

More than 200 attendees had a full day of workshops and networking. More than 30 workshops on a large range of topics and covering many different skills took place indoors and outdoors in the wonderful setting of Brathay Hall.

Our annual conference was a great success again this year with over 200 people attending and 31 workshops sharing good practice in outdoor learning. The National AGM gave members an opportunity to look at how IOL is supporting their needs in lobbying, advocating, negotiating and supporting development of the outdoor field and the NW Chair challenged members to consider five ways they could support IOL in the region: Big-up outdoor learning; Celebrate good practice; Share your passion and expertise; Champion a cause; Learn from others. We welcomed an expanded committee ready to look forward to the year ahead - please let us know how we can support you in your Outdoor Learning.

Thank you to Neal Anderson, the NW Exec, Martin Summerfield and Brathay Trust for the photos below.

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IOL North West Practitioners Gathering 2014

Over 50 members were joined by 20 international students from the University of Cumbria and for the second IOL North West Practitioners Gathering + CPD Workshop Event, which took place on Friday 12 Sep 2014 at Low Wray National Trust Campsite. The event ran in association with the National Trust with several of their rangers making the most of our workshops in exchange for hosting the event.
There was a great selection of workshops on offer, with delegates participating in a morning and an afternoon session with the Low Wray wood fired pizza fired up at lunch time.
Many thanks go to the presenters for sharing their enthusiasm and expertise with the delegates at this year’s gathering. We really appreciate the preparation and professionalism they shared: also o the staff at Low Wray for their support in making the event such a success and keeping us supplied with provisions.

Take a look at what went on with some great photos by IOL NW Chair, Neal Anderson

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The event ran in association with the National Trust with several of their rangers making the most of our workshops in exchange for hosting the event.
There was a great selection of workshops on offer, with delegates participating in a morning and an afternoon session with the Low Wray wood fired pizza fired up at lunch time.
 Many thanks go to the presenters for sharing their enthusiasm and expertise with the delegates at this year’s gathering. We really appreciate the preparation and professionalism they shared: also o the staff at Low Wray for their support in making the event such a success and keeping us supplied with provisions .

Workshops were:

Myths, Mystery and Language - Stories from our native islands
Cooking by fire – How to lay and prepare the fire for your needs and simple cooking techniques               
Backwoods Living - How to prepare and cook a rabbit                                                                                                       
50 shades of paddling: Is it all in the stroke?                                                                                                                             
Gratitude & the Greater Self - Building appreciation and wellbeing in the outdoors                                          
Business support  for the Outdoor Sector                                                                                                                                
Nine connections with nature - An exploration into how we engage with the natural world                         
Professional Accreditation beyond APIOL – LPIOL and all that     
Landscape Stories – A journey of power, politics and values and
landuse                                                                                   
Mentoring in the Outdoor Sector – Who, what, why, when, where, what next?                                                                        
Bushwalk – Planned and spontaneous activities for a journey                                                                                                           
Attitudes to Developing – Exploring Fixed and Growth Mindsets in Outdoor Learning                                                          
Challenging Environmental Behaviour - Low Carbon Vision and Renewable Energy Project



IOL Members can download Minutes from IOL and Regional Meetings on the members only documents web page

 

NEWS for the North

  • Result Coaching has been funded by Cumbria County Council to provide telephone coaching service to support people dealing with stressful life situations.  Their reasoning is to catch people early; before stress begins to affect their health and wellbeing significantly.  In the attached leaflet we have identified some examples of who might want to use the service, but this is not a definitive list.  The only criteria for people to apply are: Must live in Cumbria plus Be experiencing a stressful life situation and be motivated to change it. We cannot work with people who:
    • Require psychological counseling
    • Are at risk of self-harm or harm to others
    • Are currently being treated by mental health professionals
    • Have current substance misuse
  • Roger Ward of Water Park, Cumbria will be submitting Minutes of meetings of the Mountain Liason Group every 6 months where representatives from BMC, NT, LDNP, AHOEC, Natural England, MOD come together to discuss issues in the Cumbrian mountains. This information would be useful for outdoor practioners. Minutes from 12th April 2012.

  • Windermere Lake User Forum. For any outdoor provider that uses Windermere there are some useful changes to be aware of. Also, the representative for outdoor centres on the forum is changing at the end of September from Loz Colyer to John Burden-Bailey. Contact John         Windermere Lake User Forum news 
  • For details of a voluntary Safety Boat Code of Practice that might prove particularly useful for centres offering sailing and windsurfing, plus parking at access points, public jetties & overnight moorings, flooding & drought on the lake, links to the Windermere Reflections projects, click the links for PDFs. Safety Boat Code of Practice  Windermere Reflections 


Go to the new IOL NW Access info web page

The NW Region will update this new web page with access information relevant to the region.

 

Vital information on Insurance for all IOL Events

If you have regional information please email it to Fiona    stating which region it is for. We are keen to make these sections busy and useful for all members.

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NW Region Exec

Chair - Neal Anderson
Secretary
- Dan McDermott
Treasurer
- Christie Miles
Exec. Committee
- Richard Simpson, John Mason, John Crosbie, Alison Faulconbridge, Jon Miller,  Tim Taylor, Caroline Carr, Glyn Tomkins, Cress Allwood, Chris Spencer, Natalie Wilson, Nick Lynch, Dawn Elliott.
PDC
- Tim Deighton - Email Tim

IOL North West also has a group page Facebook. Search for Institute for Outdoor Learning North West Group


Go to the new NW Access info web page


NR Meetings and Events

  • Mar 14 2017 - 18:00-21:30  Members Network Evening + Committee Meeting - POSSIBLY Lakeland Climbing Centre, Kendal
  • Apr 12 2017 - 20:00-21:00   Members Network -  Online via GoToMeeting - share your ideas and input
  • May 19 2017 - 09:30-12:30  Committee - Planning Practitioners Gathering - Wilfs Cafe, Staveley
  • July 14 2017 - 18:00-21:30  Members Network Evening + Committee Meeting - POSSIBLE Derwent Water, Keswick
  • Sept 15 - 13:00-21:30  Practitioners Gathering - National Trust Low Wray Campsite, Ambleside. Bookings open later.
  • Oct 11th 2017 - 20:00-21:00  Members Network - Online via GoToMeeting - share your ideas and input
  • Nov 3rd - 09:30-12:30 Committee - Conference Planning - TBA
  • Jan 12 2018 - 09:30-12:30  Committee - Conference Briefing/Logistics - TBA
  • Jan 26 2018 - 09:00-17:00  Annual Conference - Provisional date, venue TBA

River Wyre Study (Key stages 3 + 4) and an Introduction to Managing Groups Outdoors Friday 21st March 2014 1.00pm – 4.30pm - £50 - meeting at The Apple Store Cafe, Wyresdale Park - See more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=299#sthash.DmoJVbQy.dpuf

River Wyre Study (Key stages 3 + 4) and an Introduction to Managing Groups Outdoors

 

Friday 21st March 2014 1.00pm – 4.30pm - £50 - meeting at The Apple Store Cafe, Wyresdale Park

- See more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=299#sthash.DmoJVbQy.dpuf

River Wyre Study (Key stages 3 + 4) and an Introduction to Managing Groups Outdoors

 

Friday 21st March 2014 1.00pm – 4.30pm - £50 - meeting at The Apple Store Cafe, Wyresdale Park

- See more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=299#sthash.DmoJVbQy.dpuf

NRIOL Conferences

NR Conference 2012

Fri 27th Jan at YMCA Lakeside: 37 workshops 10 industry updates provided a diverse range of opportunities from all sectors of the outdoor field and Tim Farron MP and Liberal Party President provided the keynote speech “ The role of outdoor learning in promoting inclusion in society”.

Tweeted feedback:
"....it was great, we had well received workshop & v. thought provoking day. @ioloutdoorprofs did great job organising NRConference" and "Enjoyed northern @ioloutdoorprofs conference today & was good listening to @timfarron".