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We need to talk about Covid

Learning Visits

While all COVID-19 related restrictions have now been lifted in England, please be reassured that we continue to monitor our health and safety practices for visitors to our sites, providing hand-sanitising facilities and wearing face masks where appropriate.

Please contact us to discuss how we can support any specific needs you may have during your visit.

Everything Outdoors Grants

From Spring 2020, we temporarily suspended new applications for Everything Outdoors Grants due to the pandemic. These included the Outdoor Essentials, Apprenticeship & Scholarships and Outdoor Learning Officer Grants. We’re delighted to report that application rounds for these grants have since been resumed. Please check our social media channels and website where grant rounds are announced.

Children from Ark Burlington Danes Primary School, London, now able to learn from home thanks to our Remote Learning grant (image supplied by @ArkSchools)

How we responded to covid-19

The effects of COVID-19 have been deep and far-reaching for everyone. The Trust and in particular our grant giving and learning activities are no exception.

Assessing the challenges faced by disadvantaged children and young people during the pandemic caused us to find new ways to help meet their immediate and long-term needs. Most significantly, this was done through our Remote Learning Grant, where funds were re-directed to help address gaps in remote learning access.

Details of the Remote Learning Grant and the Trust’s other activities during the pandemic can be found within our library of Case Studies.

The OWL Collaboration

This funding-plus programme was devised as an immediate response to the trauma experienced by young people during COVID, bringing together schools, funders and Outdoor Learning Centres. The OWL Collaboration went live In Autumn 2020 and is one of the Trust’s strategic programmes going forward.

Our latest Annual Report for 2020/21 gives a fascinating insight into all our activities throughout this time.