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Outdoor Learning in the South & Channel Islands

The Southern Region includes the beautiful coast, lakes, rivers, downs, open countryside, city centres and two National parks spread across the counties of Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire along with the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We have a great array of environments used by our members, from rural open spaces, dramatic coastlines, to open country and city centre provision. The region has a strong outdoor learning community with many centres and freelancers operating in the very diverse and active region.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

South & Channel Islands Regional Events

South & Channel Islands Regional News

UK government consultation on ‘Out of school settings voluntary safeguarding code of practice

UK government consultation on ‘Out of school settings voluntary safeguarding code of practice

The Department for Education’s Consultation on a “voluntary safeguarding code of practice” provides an opportunity for the outdoor industry to steer government with sector specific insights.  It’s important that, in drawing up its guidelines, the DfE have a balanced view which includes the outdoor activity providers perspective.  The settings  cited by the DfE  as ‘out of school’ do not explicitly refer to outdoor activities (although scouting and guiding, for example,  do involve elements of this).

Children denied chance to develop 'resilience' by too strict health and safety rules, warns Ofsted chief

Children denied chance to develop 'resilience' by too strict health and safety rules, warns Ofsted chief

Children are being denied the chance to develop “resilience and grit” because of schools’ over-zealous health and safety policies, the chief inspector of schools says.

Amanda Spielman said schools must stop trying “to wrap them in cotton wool” because it leaves them ill-prepared for the challenges of later life. (reported in the Telegraph)

How 'Forest Bathing' keeps us well

How 'Forest Bathing' keeps us well

The practice, long-popular in Japan, is gaining popularity as a way of harnessing the health benefits of being outdoors.

Using nature for emotional wellbeing is well known across the globe. The term ‘forest bathing’ was coined in Japan – even becoming part of the national public health program in 1982. The idea is simple: being around trees for relaxation and recreation can help to reduce stress, increase mental-wellness and boost immune systems. Breathing in the organic compounds that trees emit – phytoncides – as you explore the forest can help improve your immune system.

Bombshell at BMC AGM

Bombshell at BMC AGM

BMC president Rehan Siddiqui resigns despite defeating no-confidence call. Rehan Siddiqui told members attending the organisation’s packed annual meeting that he was quitting his post, moments after declaring a motion of no confidence had been overwhelmingly outvoted.


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South Committee

Chair  -  James Dyer - Email James

Secretary - Martin Robinson

Treasurer -  TBC

Committee: Sam Kendall, Mike King, Gary Palmer, Chris Rinaldi, Denea Wright


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