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Wessex AGM and Meetings

IOL Wessex AGM  took place on Friday 11th March 2016
At Mill on the Brue, Trendle Farm, Tower Hill, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0BA

A successful event during which a new Wessex committee was formed.

Neal Anderson, Professional Standards Manager for IOL, was keynote speaker.

IOL Wessex Conference 2015 was held on Friday 6th February

An Outdoor Learning Day

at Mill on the Brue, Bruton, Somerset

Keynote Speaker was: Sam McElligott Doctoral Researcher of Bangor University on Transformational Leadership. 

  • Morning: various workshops from a range of outdoor practitioners including new ideas you never thought of.
  • Fresh ideas on Challenging behavior (Inc. the new NVQ L3 qual.) not to be missed
  • Lunch is included followed by IOL Wessex AGM with time for networking.
  • Afternoon: An outdoor event to use up the calories with The Big Tree Climbing Company


  • Wild plants – a thousand journeys
  • Short Activities from the contents of your rucksack
  • Delivery literacy and numeracy through outdoor learning
  • First aid – an update
  • Coaching – the new approach to APIOL
  • Challenging behaviour – The new NVQ level 3
  • And more....

BOOKING for IOL Events

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  • Email
  • Telephone 01228 564580


CPD with IOL Wessex

The IOL Wessex Region Committee would like to find out what members in the Region would like from IOL Twilight CPD and Networking Sessions. An email invitation to complete an online survey (password needed) has been sent to all the Wessex Region members.

IOL Wessex CPD and AGM 2014

Took place on 7th February at DWT Kingcombe, Dorchester.

Enabling Outdoor Learning for Teachers in Wessex

Tuesday 16th April saw the launch of the inaugural Enabling Outdoor Learning conference at Kilve Court in Somerset. It was a stunning success with the course being over-subscribed and attended by a wide range of teachers and outdoor instructors.

Chris Millett and Jo McCready were responsible for organising and running the day. They were ably helped by a wide range of providers covering areas as diverse as uncovering the sea shore, introducing Forest School, delving into Bushcraft, exploring mental resilience with students, working with willow, sparking ideas for outdoor play and introducing numeracy and literacy through outdoor learning. 
The feedback from the delegates was first rate with lots of questions asked and answered and lots of ideas shared for people to take away with them.  The day was helped by the first rays of sunshine heralding our late flowering Spring.

A big thanks to Kirsty Waters and James Clark and their staff at Kilve Court for helping to put on the day and provide lunch and the use of their facilities.

We are already looking forward to organising future events. What next for Wessex.....?



Wessex NEWS

Outlook Expeditions are working with IOL to promote IOL professional accreditations, such as RPIOL and APIOL, for both link teachers and expedition leaders. Over the following two months, Jo McCready will be attending conferences organised by Outlook Expeditions to further this promotion. The conference dates are 11th May – Manchester Youth Hostel, Manchester; 18th May – Grittleton House School, Chippenham; 8th June – Frontier Centre, Wellingborough; 15th June – YHA Lee Valley, London.

Wessex Region......

Jo McCready is the regions Professional Development Co-ordinator.  There is an article by him in the Autumn (59) edition of Horizons. You can contact him here.

If there is anyone interested in joining the RP or AP schemes or there are centres which are interested in becoming RP centres contact Jo here..

Richard Hughes, IOL Wessex Chair

Wessex Region Workshops 

  • Safe Working in on or near to water: Water Awareness. 23rd May 2012 at Poole Harbour
  • A successful day and attendees have now been issued with certificates.
  • This training was designed to make people aware of the hazards associated with water and carry out basic land based rescue techniques. It is suitable for all staff who may, as part of their role, work near to the water. Trainer: David Lane, CEO of Lane, Jefferies & Associates Ltd .www.professional-rescue.co.uk <http://www.professional-rescue.co.uk/>

  • Spirituality in the Outdoors Date: 4th April 2012, Swanage. The session was well attended by people with a mixture of back grounds, from first season tutors to teachers wanting to introduce spirituality back in the school yard.  We started by discussing what Spirituality meant to us, and in small groups how the outdoors might effect this.  Looking at a series of photos from both the local area and further away we delved into how these landscapes made us feel, and whether this is dependant upon there being other people there or not. This discussion continued as people began to identify what was important to them and how this knowledge could be used when working with people int he outdoors.
    Taking time to walk around the local area at dusk, the group thought about these discussions before feeding back as to how they felt about the importance of understanding people's reactions to the environment. should we force these experiences onto a group and how do we recognise when people we are leading are having these moments. It was an ideal time to share how we, as outdoor facilitators, could provide time for these individuals and also the importance of providing quiet time during activities for the group to take on board how they are feeling, whether this is sitting quietly looking at the view or providing a den for individuals to retreat to.

Vital information on Insurance for all IOL Events

Wessex Exec

Acting Chair - Felicitiy Harris

Treasurer - Robert Hamilton
Secretary - Emily Homfray

Committee - Jo O'Callaghan, Dom Tinnelly,
- Jo McCready - Email Jo