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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.


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Adventure for All News

IOL News and OLA Interim Management Group update
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IOL News and OLA Interim Management Group update

From Jo Barnett, IOL CEO

We wish you all the very best as we move from bright summer to the softness of early autumn with its own cooling freshness.

Richard and I have been in our new posts for a couple of months, and it has been inspiring to see the strength and breadth of the Institute for Outdoor Learning. We are looking forward to meeting more of our members, partners and stakeholders and ensuring we understand well the specialisms, interests and regional priorities held within the charity. We are looking at improving communication within the IOL whether in specialist and regional groups and across the IOL as a whole.  If you are a representative of a group, it would help us if you would check we have your current contact details.  Fiona is collating this information and can be contacted via email here.

We have said a big thank you to Carmen Byrne who has been editing Horizons over the last few years, including those tricky Covid years, and welcomed Catherine Dunn to the role – look out for the next edition in early November to meet her, or you can get in touch directly by emailing 

There is a project called the ‘Outdoor Learning Association’ – you may have already heard that the IOL, the Outdoor Council, the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres and the British Activity Providers Association are considering coming together to create one single association.   A group of volunteers have been busy identifying common overarching themes that we all wish to celebrate and further develop.  They have also thought about those thorny issues that have consumed energy, time and resources and yet remain unresolved. This has provided a basis or creating the OLA Community.  The attached document below (see the bottom of this webpage) is the culmination of conversations, discussions, and feedback from members and represents an absolute commitment to achieving a shared Outdoor Learning vision.  Please do have a read, and all feedback is most welcome via email.

The IOL trustees are currently committed on embracing the consolidation of the 4 organisations, the creation of OLA and the benefits this brings.  Whether or not IOL becomes OLA without the 3 other organisations will be a decision for the IOL trustees at an appropriate point in the journey.  The collaborative process has proved to have had its own merit, and I am sure you will join with me in thanking the members of the Interim Management Group on behalf of the IOL.

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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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