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Covid-19 Lobbying

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Residential Outdoor Education has been devastated by the effects of COVID-19 and needs more government support to survive. All IOL members and supporters of outdoor learning can help us make the case - write to your local MP and sign the #saveoutdoored and #SaveYourOutdoorCentres petitions.

 

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UK Outdoors is the sector voice for the Outdoor Learning and the Adventure World. UK Outdoors is lobbying to change the governments Covid 19 guidance which is preventing overnight stays in Outdoor Education Residential Centres. This guidance is preventing formative educational experiences to at least 5 million students across the UK. The sector provides over 15,000 jobs and £700m to the UK economy.

Objective: The Government have committed to review the guidance advising against residential outdoor education in November. Whilst we participate in the Review, we are aiming to build political support to ensure that guidance and our sector is reopened in time for the 2021 season.

 

 

 

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COVID-19: Outdoor learning centres could be 'lost forever' if not included on PM's roadmap out of lockdown
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COVID-19: Outdoor learning centres could be 'lost forever' if not included on PM's roadmap out of lockdown

Outdoor learning centres have warned they could be "lost forever" if they aren't included on Boris Johnson's roadmap to reopen from England's latest lockdown.

The prime minister has already promised that getting young people back into their classrooms is his top priority, but he's being urged to allow outdoor learning organisations to restart residential stays too.

"We need the government to step up and make that decision," said Sean Day, at his centre run by the Calvert Trust in Cumbria.

"It's absolutely heartbreaking to see it like this when we know the difference we could make to the recovery for young people," Mr Day told Sky News.

"We have developed a plan to enable us to operate in a COVID-secure way and we need to be open by Easter. If we don't get people back by the summer, rather than it being 40% of UK's outdoor centres closing for good it could be double that."

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