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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

Senedd Cymru voted on a proposal to make an outdoor education residential mandatory for every child and young person at least once in their school career
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Senedd Cymru voted on a proposal to make an outdoor education residential mandatory for every child and young person at least once in their school career

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Making an outdoor education residential mandatory for every child and young person in Wales at least once in their school career

On 26th October Senedd Cymru (the Welsh parliament) voted on a proposal for a member’s bill to make an outdoor education residential mandatory for every child and young person at least once in their school career, funded by the Welsh Government. It was fantastic to see our nation’s elected representatives debating the benefits of outdoor education with even the voices against the proposal still acknowledging the benefits. This was not one question answered with a written statement, but a full hour debate with many members of the Senedd speaking (it’s available to watch online, see link below).


It was clear from the education minister’s answering statement and the Labour members who spoke, that the Welsh Government would oppose the proposal, but in an almost unprecedented occurrence, the rest of the Senedd united to support the proposal and it passed by one vote. This now allows the member who put forward the motion, Sam Rowlands, MS for North Wales, to work with Senedd researchers and staff to develop the proposal into a full bill, to be read and then voted on by the Senedd in around 12 month’s time.


There is clearly a lot of work ahead, but with the media coverage of the vote and the support from so many diverse organisations involved in outdoor learning across Wales, outdoor learning is firmly in the public eye, with an amazing opportunity in front of us. Finally, a note of thanks must go to the individuals and organisations involved in supporting Sam and his team in developing both the proposal and the data to support the debate. In particular the support of the Outdoor Alliance Wales, OEAP Cymru and AHOEC must be acknowledged, and highlighted as a demonstration of the possibilities when we work together as a united sector with one voice.

Web link to the debate:


There is menu on the right of the screen to skip to the OEd Bill debate.



BBC Radio 4 Any Questions?

And, in case you missed it, here is the link to the BBC Radio 4 Any Questions? recent podcast, held at FSC Rhyd-y- creuau.

Al Cook raised the question about the Panel’s views on the English governments following both the Welsh and Scottish governments in relation to their support for Residential Education….its the last question!

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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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