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We need to talk about Covid

Learning Visits

With the lifting of restrictions on school travel, we are now welcoming groups back to our sites. Our learning visits on the Trust’s estates and on school grounds continue to be subject to the prevailing COVID restrictions; please be reassured that all the necessary safety measures and precautions have been put in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved in all activities. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about how we can support your school, college or community.

Remote Working

Our Head Office in Gloucestershire remains closed with staff working remotely from home. We continually review this, following the latest government guidelines, and look forward to being back together indoors and outdoors in the coming weeks and months.

Everything Outdoors Grants

New applications for Everything Outdoors Grants, which include the Outdoor Essentials, Apprenticeship & Scholarships and Outdoor Learning Officer Grants, were temporarily suspended in Spring 2020 as a direct result of the pandemic. We’re delighted to report that applications for these grants will be re-opening very soon. Watch this space for more details.

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 have we responded so far?

The effects of COVID 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 recently, 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.

Please be reassured that the Trust’s important work continues as we constantly re-assess our activities, resources and influence during these challenging times.