It’s only when people feel comfortable and confident outdoors that they feel able to get outside, enjoy the experience and feel the benefits. Groups are more likely to get outside when their leader has the skills and knowledge to keep them safe and having fun.
Learning Programme Aims
- To enable everyone to be informed, confident and motivated so they can take responsibility for their own enjoyment and safety, whilst doing low-level outdoor activities, on their own or with friends and family
- To enable group leaders to have the knowledge and skills to lead low-level outdoor activities, ensuring everyone has fun and stays safe, and to enable assistants to support them
Who is it for?
Anyone who doesn’t feel particularly confident about doing outdoor activity independently and is therefore unlikely to have a lot of outdoor experience.
The Leader and Assistant units are for support workers who are responsible for services users; volunteer group leaders; and low-level activity leaders. It’s aimed at those who aren’t comfortable taking responsibility for a group outdoors, or assisting a leader.
To be assessed as a competent leader, learners will need to have successfully completed recognised 2-day courses, in both outdoor first aid and navigation skills.
An innovative approach
With the emphasis on interactive and practical learning, this training is delivered in short blocks, during a group’s chosen outdoor activities. This makes it especially suitable for those who are less comfortable with formal, indoor, reading and writing based learning.
This innovative approach to delivery means that group leaders and assistants, with limited time or money for training, can gain the skills and knowledge they need, whilst undertaking outdoor activities with their group.
Accredited by Agored Cymru
This learning programme has been accredited by Agored Cymru (a Welsh awarding body for education and training providers in Wales) and offers 1-3 credits.
For more information
Juliet Michael, Natural Resources Wales
Come Outside! Activity skills learning programme flyer
See more information on the Come Outside! Activity skills learning programme briefing
The following online resources may be useful for those interested in furthering their outdoor activity skills. Please note that these are only a sample of websites that offer useful information, as a starting point for finding other sites that offer resources that are particular to your interest.
Places To Go
The Ramblers website has lots of information on where you can go, whether you’re looking for a path, park, or countryside area, across the whole of the UK: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/routes-and-places-to-walk/paths-index.aspx?loc=ea152edef28e4d5f8935ca12b370374f
Fancy a coastal walk? Check out the Wales Coast Path webpage for information: https://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/?lang=en
Green spaces are plentiful in Wales, Here’s a selection of country parks worth visiting: https://www.visitwales.com/things-do/attractions/gardens-country-parks
Ancient woods, dramatic clifftops, wild parklands and landscaped gardens: National Trust’s places for walking, UK-wide: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walking
This page has information on Parks and Gardens across South Wales that you can visit for various outdoor activities: http://southwalesgardens.org/
Information on walking trails at the Glyncorrwg Pond area. http://glyncorrwgpondsvisitorcentre.co.uk/walking.html
Snowdonia National Park’s webpage is useful for finding great walks in the mountains: https://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/home
Things To Do
Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) website has loads of great stuff including ID sheet surveys and other activities: https://www.opalexplorenature.org/
Information on outdoor attractions across South Wales: http://www.southwalesattractions.co.uk/attraction-search/?cats=1%3f
Find out more about parks you can visit in the Caerphilly area for walking and other outdoor activities: http://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/parklife/parks
For information on Cardiff’s parks, location, opening times, and facilities: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Leisure-parks-and-culture/Parks-and-Green-Spaces/Find-a-park/Pages/default.aspx
The Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty webpage has information on things to do, as well as footpaths: http://www.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk/visiting-the-aonb/
The Visit Wales webpage is an excellent way to find providers for activities in your area: http://www.visitwales.com/activity-search
More About Getting Outdoors
Get information on walking, its health benefits, and how to get involved with the Walking for Health scheme here (England): http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/get-healthy/walking-for-health.aspx
Information on Let’s Walk Cymru, the programme for people in Wales who want to improve their health and well-being: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/get-healthy/lets-walk-cymru.aspx
A guide to walking for health and fitness, tips on how to add walking to your everyday life, and reasons to walk more: http://www.take30.co.uk/12-week-walk-plan
How to get kids involved with walking and outdoor activity: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/scramblers/families-with-young-children.aspx
Here are some useful activity sheets for doing outdoor activities with children: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/big-welsh-walk/scramblers-activity-sheets.aspx
Identification sheets (for example common plants, birds, reptiles) for spotting when outdoors—great for kids. http://www.field-studies-council.org/publications/fold-out-charts.aspx
A wide-ranging list of links to useful information about using the natural environment for outdoor activity. For example species identification, information on activities such as caving, gorge walking, and canoeing, and general environmental information.
Here are some links to useful information about staying safe in the outdoors, using the outdoors responsibly, and some ideas for things to do outdoors: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4bnqqkbhxiory0a/AAAilBzM1ppOUDFVh3PMi52Ja/Resources?dl=0