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Adventure for All

Welcome to Adventure for All, the Professional Practice Group of IOL that focusses on disability inclusion in outdoor learning. The members include the leading providers of outdoor learning who have a specialist skills and knowledge in the field and have a vast range of experience in delivering sessions across a wide range of disabilities. Other members include organisations and individuals who have an interest in the field or are wishing to gain from the experience of others.
The Group exists to discuss issues of common interest, establish best practice and to share this with others wishing to be more inclusive in their practice, hence opening up outdoor learning and adventure for all.

John Crosbie, AFA PPG Chair.

AFA PPG Annual Conference 2016

Hindleap Warren, Forest Row, East Sussex on Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November 2016.

It is intended that we return to a conventional conference again this year, as we were unable to link sensibly to another disability event. However, it is certainly our intention to discuss a range of novel options for 2017. Saturday will be the main conference day with options for day attendance or staying over at a very reasonable rate. Sunday could be a more active fun day.

Residential Conference bookings include
Friday evening meal*, Friday B&B, Saturday lunch, Saturday evening meal, Saturday B&B, Sunday lunch. Accommodation is in shared rooms.
* No food will be served after 9pm.

Non residential Conference bookings include
Saturday lunch

You can arrange accommodation for sunday night by contacting the venue direct (£30pp) on  01342 822625

Download the full draft programme

Delegate rates:

  • Resdiential IOL Members - £65 / Non IOL - £100
  • Non residential IOL Members £45 / Non residential Non IOL £55


AFA SIG Annual Conference 2015

Took place 27th of November 2015 at Lake District Calvert Trust, Keswick. Run with the BMC Disability Symposium.
Thanks to all those who attended and your organisations for making your attendance and input possible

AFA SIG Annual Conference 2014

The Annual AFASIG Conference was held at Calvert Trust Exmoor (North Devon) from pm 28th November to midday 30th November 2014. Norman Croucher was the Keynote Speaker. You can find the report HERE.

Adventure for All SIG
Following the online voting on the proposal to dissolve the AOL SIG group and to form a new AFA SIG group we can confirm that the proposal has been carried. The AOL SIG is now therefore dissolved and as previously advised there was an inaugural AGM for the proposed AFA SIG on Sunday 8th December, 10.30am at Bendrigg Lodge, Kendal. Current membership of the AOLSIG will be transferred across to the new AFASIG once formed and further details of the new group will be circulated as soon as possible.  

Accessible Outdoor Learning

Welcome to the Accessible Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group (AOL-SIG)

Mission Statement:  To promote and disseminate best practice in working with people with disabilities in the outdoors

AOL-SIG members looking at best practice in rope ascending with physically disabled participants AOL-SIG members looking at best practice in rope ascending with
physically disabled participants

AOL-SIG members looking at different methods of wheelchair abseiling with physically disabled participants

 A demonstration of different techniques used when abseiling with wheelchair users

Updates and News from AFA SIG

Report from the 2011 Conference & Inaugural Meeting

On Saturday 3rd December a group of outdoor practitioners interested in providing outdoor learning for people with disabilities met at the Kepplewray Centre in Cumbria with the intention of sharing best practice and establishing a new IOL Special Interest Group.  The event was run in collaboration with Adventure for All and the combined group of 30 IOL & AfA practitioners practically considered rope ascending and abseiling for physically disabled participants, reviewed new developments in specialist equipment, looked at the work being undertaken with the BMC & MLTA as well as discussing the effects of the recession on funding for people with disabilities.  The day ended with a commitment from all involved to continue working together and the formation of a new SIG - Accessible Outdoor Learning. 

AFA Committee

John Crosbie (Chair)

Graeme Hill as Sec./Treasurer

Nick Liley (Bendrigg), Jay Jackson, Suresh Paul (Equal Adventure), Julie Cunningham (Ghyll Head)