The Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) advises all members to follow the latest government and local policies regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
These are difficult times and the impact of the virus is causing significant change.
We are seeking to ensure that UK and Home Nation Governments are aware of, and fully consider, the impact of Covid19 and associated Government guidance on all IOL members.
Our priority is to continue to support our members throughout this difficult period, while looking after the health and wellbeing of our staff. In addition to pointing to sources of guidance from Government bodies, the Institute is offering a range of support to its members.
On this page you will find information on:
- What is IOL doing?
- IOL Events
- IOL Office
- Member Resource Base
FREE stay-in-touch webinars
Up-skilling during unplanned downtime
Advice and sharing of good practice
- IOL Support
- Latest government and sector-specific advice
We encourage members to revisit this page regularly for updates.
1. What IOL is doing
We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and following the latest government advice as issued. Our priority is to continue to support our members throughout this difficult period, while looking after the health and wellbeing of our staff.
The Institute recognises the need to ensure that our many members, who represent good practice in the outdoor learning community, are able to continue to offer the benefits of outdoor learning where ever possible. We are seeking to ensure that UK and Home Nation Governments are aware of the potential impact of COVID-19 and associated Government guidance on IOL members. To do this we are joining with other stakeholder bodies across the outdoor sector, including those focused on travel, recreation, tourism, manufacturing and retail, as well as contacting Government direct.
Specifically, we are working with Outdoor Education Advisors Panel and members of CLOtC sector working groups to ensure clarity and advice on schools claiming costs associated with cancelled educational visits through their own insurance policies. We are also working with an outdoor recreation focused consortium led by Outdoor Industries Association to ask government to provide guidance on public use of the outdoors during times of restricted movement. Finally, we are supporting the Activity Industry Mutual in their work to ensure government understands the implications of its guidance for our sector.
2. IOL Events
Inline with government advice we have now cancelled all in-person IOL events for the coming months. Many events are moving to online meetings and we are in the process of adjusting plans and informing delegates, speakers and partners of any changes.
The UK Outdoor Learning Sector Conference planned for November 2020 is still a very much focus for IOL and we remain hopeful that we will be in a position to join together as a community to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 and the critical importance of Outdoor Learning as the UK recovers and rebuilds.
We will keep the website updated with information on all IOL events, and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates. Please check the website regularly and follow the IOL Twitter feed
3. IOL Office
At the IOL office we are following the latest government advice and working from home to continue our influencing activity and to provide you with all our current on-line services and resources. Please contact us on our usual email addresses or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still very much open for business and will continue to provide core member services, but please bear with us if it takes us a little longer than usual to respond to some queries. Over the coming days and weeks there may be changes to some of our services, events and activities. We’ll keep our members informed of any significant changes through this webpage and via email and social media.
4. IOL Members Resource Base
As the impact of the virus unfolds, we are reassured that our small community is well placed to look after each other during these difficult times. At IOL we are trying to do what we can to support all our members at this difficult time through the set up of a COVID-19 resource area.
The resource area consists of:
5. IOL Support
We will continue to provide you with all our current online services and resources. We do ask members to bear with us if there is a delayed response time, please contact us via email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you would like the Institute to develop specific support for members please contact us with your request and we will do what we can with the resources we have available.
6. Latest government and sector-specific advice