Our sector has a powerful offer to make to support schools, young people, families and communities:
Support for Schools
Direct help with the delivery of outdoor learning on / close to school sites. Indirect support in upskilling school staff and supporting curriculum and system development. This will enable more schools to effectively utilise outdoor space as well as being the first stage in a progressive effort to encourage schools back to centres and residential settings when appropriate.
Support for Key Workers
Key worker teams and individuals have experienced trauma and intense pressure for some weeks now, with consequent risks to mental health, general wellbeing and effectiveness. Our sector can offer various solutions from carefully designed interventions and programmes to team activity breaks and retreats.
Support for use of the outdoors for learning, health and wellbeing.
The public have been encouraged to undertake 1 hour of beneficial physical activity daily – this is necessarily outdoors in the absence of gyms, leisure facilities and traditional sports. Many individuals and families have enjoyed purposeful time together outdoors and discovered new, healthy, therapeutic and cost-free ways of keeping mentally and physically fit.
Our sector can support the continued and developing use of the outdoors with local action, enabling access to places and activities just beyond what many can lead themselves. Ideas and resources for extending and enriching outdoor experiences can be shared through structured sessions, outdoor centre visits, residentials and courses according to prevailing guidance.