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Merging IOL, AHOEC and the Outdoor Council (OC) - to be the Outdoor Learning Association
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Merging IOL, AHOEC and the Outdoor Council (OC) - to be the Outdoor Learning Association

One organisation


The proposal to merge the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), the Association of Headsof Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC) and the Outdoor Council (OC) into one single organisation was first discussed at the Outdoor Learning Sector Conference in 2018. With members’ support, work to develop this proposal has been ongoing and now includes thewelcome addition of the British Activity Providers Association (BAPA) into the plans. The developments have been led by an Interim Management Group, operating under the titleof UK Outdoors, and further guided and shaped by sector wide discussions across thewhole of the UK. 


The idea of a merger is nothing new to our sector. The matter was raised in 1997 by Peter Higgins in his article ‘Too Many Singers and Not Enough Songs? Towards Professionalism in Outdoor Education’ and in 1999 discussions began on the formation ofwhat was to become the Institute for Outdoor Learning.In addition to the original fiveorganisations that formedIOL, there were a number of others involved and three of them are part of the proposal presented here, taking us on the next stage of a journey that started over 20 years ago.

One organisation

  • One Board of Directors
  • One Membership
  • One Bank Account
  • One Admin Centre

It is important that all members have sufficient opportunity to understand the changes proposed and to feed into this consultation process.

Online Events
The consultation process will include three online events where members can ask questions about the proposals contained in the document link below. The events are being provided as another way to get in touch and are open to members of the four organisations only. Please click the respective date links below to register via Eventbrite if you wish to attend.
Q&A #1: Wednesday 22nd September at 7pm Online
Q&A #2: Wednesday 7th October at 9.30am Online
Q&A #3: Wednesday 13th October at 7pm Online

To read the full membership consultation document download it here.

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