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About the Adventure For All Professional Practice Group


The Adventure for All (AfA) PPG was formed through the joining of the independent organisation “Adventure for All” with IOL. The members of AfA are either specialist providers of outdoor leaning for people with disabilities or those with a significant interest in this field. The main activity of the group is an annual conference, usually held at one of the specialist provider centres, where new ideas are shared and best practice is discussed.

To promote participation in adventurous activities and outdoor learning by people with disabilities and other special educational needs as well as to share ideas and agree best practice in the safe delivery of activities. This will be done through the PPG’s annual conference and discussion forums as well as presenting to others at conferences and through articles in Horizons. Representation or lobbying at NGB level will be made where appropriate.

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Adventure for All PPG Committee

Chair - Graeme Hill (Link4Life) - Email Graeme

Secretary/Treasurer - Nick Liley (Bendrigg Lodge)

Committee: John Crosbie, John Ford (Lake District Calvert Trust), Matt Hopkins (Lake District Calvert Trust), Lenny Black (Hindleap Warren)




The IOL Adventure for All Professional Practice Group is committed to shaping and developing good practice in safety, inclusion and participation in adventurous activities and outdoor learning by people with disabilities and other special educational needs.



IOL Accredited Training

Attend an IOL Adventure for All Professional Practice Group event and benefit from the experience, passion and collective wisdom of professionals in the field.

Climbing for All is a one day course providing an introduction to instructing disabled people in climbing. The course has now been delivered for over 11 years and was developed by Adventure for All and Mountain Training England and Association of Mountaineering Instructors.




Get in touch with the committee to get answers to your question no matter if it is big or small.


Adventure for All Events

Adventure for All News

IOL Adventure for All (PPG) Conference 2018 REPORT

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Adventure for All PPG?

The AfA PPG is a group of like-minded organisations and individuals who have a particular interest in including people with disabilities in outdoor learning.

Is membership of the AfA PPG for me?

If you are an organisation with a significant number of participants with disabilities, an individual with an interest in inclusion or wish to target this customer sector, then you are likely to benefit from membership and involvement with the group. In addition, people with disabilities and wider society are likely to benefit from your participation as your experience can contribute to the body of knowledge shared between us and others offering outdoor learning.

Which client groups are included in AfA PPG considerations?

Although the majority of the topics focus on those with physical, sensory or intellectual impairments, these are not exclusive. If special considerations are needed to assist someone participate in outdoor learning then the members are likely to have both an interest and some experience which may be able to help, as there are crossovers of teaching and learning between various impairment groups. Notable work in the past has focussed on those with autism, mental health issues, old age and chronically overweight participants.

What do I get from joining the AfA PPG?

The AfA PPG is a discussion forum where new ideas are scrutinised and best practice is shared. Although there are some e-discussions during the year the main event is the annual 2-day conference (invariably held at a specialist centre for those with disabilities). This is a low cost networking and sharing event where relationships are built so members have the confidence to pick up and ask colleagues for help or advice during the rest of the year.

Can I get specific advice about including those with disabilities from the AfA PPG?

The AfA PPG is a group of IOL member organisations and individuals, so any advice would be the opinion of that organisation or individual which may or may not be shared across the group. A number of the member organisations do offer disability inclusion advice, and it may be worth contacting these. Alternatively you could attend a conference with the specific agenda item for the whole group to discuss.



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