IOL Adventure for All (PPG) Conference 2018 REPORT
AGM and Conference Report
IOL Adventure for All (PPG)
November 30th to December 2nd 2018
The IOL Adventure for All Conference was hosted at the Conway Centre on Anglesey. Following the same format as 2017 we had workshops on Friday, presentations on Saturday and business matters and AGM on Sunday.
The workshops day comprised of Climbing for All, RYA Sailability, British Canoeing Paddle Ability Foundation and Technical Advising in Accessible Climbing. All sessions were delivered onsite making full use of the huge range of resources the centre has with the particular benefit of having the Menai Straits on the doorstep. All sessions were full day and very well attended.
Friday night was an entertainments evening with a fantastic 60-minute photo and film show by world renowned but fiercely modest traditional climber James McHaffie.
Saturday led into the presentation sessions with a great mix of subjects kicked off with an NGB update from the British Mountaineering Council, British Canoeing, Mountain Training and Royal Yachting Association. This was new to conference and was a popular section with a chance to ask some questions from the floor. This was followed by Julie Cunningham who did a section on communication. Julie has a son with Cerebral Palsy who uses different forms of technology to communicate. The focus was on recognising and respecting a person’s form of communication and providing the time and space to support that. James Gilligan followed this by doing an update on the Climbing for All booklet a publication that accompanies the Climbing for All course. It’s 15 years since the last one so we are due an update. After a short break we had a presentation from Kathryn an occupational therapist who works for the Bendrigg Trust. This was a greats section on exploring posture with a person in activities climbing harnesses. With a small number of measures a person’s experience and safety can be vastly improved.
Saturday was rounded off with a trip to Plas Y Brenin with access to the rolling pool, training wall and finally the lovely bar area.
Sunday kicked off with Business Matters with a broad range of topics including. Reporting Near Misses, Risk Assessments, Personal Information Forms, British Canoeing, Venue for next conference, Equipment fit for purpose.
Overall it was an excellent conference with some great developments in areas of works with much greater involvement from the NGB’s and a much greater awareness of how specialist areas can be built into delivery for example communication and posture. It was good to have gear companies along providing lots of time for people to chat about kit developments. Despite attendance at 45 we would have benefited from high numbers, but we acknowledge that we need to look much more carefully at marketing and pricing.
The Conway Centre was a fantastic venue with fantastic food, a great deal of flexibility and the ability to make a very large centre feel personal. We just wanted details on their shop formula, but they weren’t prepared to share it.
There is a gallery of photos from the Conference below.