Outdoor Learning & Youth Work

Outdoor Learning and Youth Work play a vital role in supporting the holistic development of young people.  By providing a cross-sector convening space, the Outdoor Learning Youth Work Sector Specialist Group (OLYWSSG) will act as a forum for organisations and individuals at a strategic level to identify areas for collaboration and at both a strategic and practitioner level share and build on existing good practice.  
Outdoor Learning Youth Work Sector Specialist Group (OLYWSSG) members will be encouraged to openly discuss common practices and challenges, to champion the development of recognised approach(es) that use outdoor learning and youth work practices.  Through subsequent partnerships and collaborations, we will be able to build a better picture of what is happening from a cross-sector audience that ultimately will deliver better outcomes for young people and help improve equitable access.  

Membership can be outdoor learning or youth work practitioners,  decision makers or representatives from stakeholders’ organisations/sectors, for example education or health who have a common purpose; To collectively work towards an environment where 'outdoor learning youth work practice' becomes fully recognised and is utilised as a valuable part of the ecosystem that develops young people’, to promote equitable access to outdoor learning experiences that support young people with their personal, social, and educational development and helps to improve wellbeing.

Free to IOL members and Concessionary Rate for Youth Worker/Other Sector professionals.


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About Us

Collectively working towards an environment where 'outdoor learning youth work practice' becomes fully recognised

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Here you will find key information, resources, and discussions

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Who will benefit?

  • Young people
  • Outdoor Learning and Youth Work practitioners
  • Local communities and wider Society by utilising local resources at a more strategic and operational level when working in a young person’s local environment.
  • Leaders and managers across multiple sectors
  • IOL as leaders in this arena

How will they benefit?

  • Better strategic approaches to problems
  • Good practice 
  • Better use of resources 
  • Better youth engagement with outdoor learning
  • Better recognition 
  • Better opportunities to access multi organisation funding: 
  • Better cross sector working for Young People


  • Better positive outcomes for young people
  • Improved Practitioner Practice
  • Better ross sector integration and partnership working


Will you join us in Championing Outdoor Learning?

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Summer Jobs – Employer fully paid programme

UK Youth are reaching out to employer organisations who might be interested in supporting our latest government backed, transformational employability programme by providing 5-week work placements (which are fully paid for by the programme) to young people across London, Greater Manchester or West Midlands.
The programme aims to dramatically reduce violence across the UK while driving positive educational and employment outcomes for marginalised young people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to these life-changing opportunities.
Taking learnings from proven successful models delivered in the USA and using our extensive expertise in this space, the programme has been designed to engage those most at risk of violence.
We are actively seeking partners who can offer 5-week work placements (which as mentioned above, are fully paid for through the programme) this summer across London, Greater Manchester and West Midlands. The programme offers a really unique opportunity to support young people who desperately need these opportunities through a programme which provides dedicated support, both for the young person and the employer, from a fully trained youth worker for the duration of the placement. We know from our experience of delivering similar programmes, and learnings from the American model, this additional support is crucial to the success of the placements and significantly increases the positive outcomes for both young people and employers.
If you are interested in this programme and would like to have a discussion or have some questions you wish to be answered please contact Millie Ginnett, [email protected]