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This took place on 25th February at Okehampton Youth Hostel. The first IOL South west regional conference for 3 years was a huge success this weekend at Okehampton Youth Hostel.  With nearly 40 delegates, 10 workshops, presentations from Shelterbox, Haven Banks and North Dartmoor Mountain Rescue team it was a busy day.  Keynote speaker Rachel Andrews went down a storm and a successful AGM resulted in a new revitalised committee for the region.  More events to follow soon and any suggestions or feedback from the conference or for future events gratefully received.  Thanks to all that attended and made it such a good weekend.

Thank you Cathy Harshaw for the pictures.....

One delegate said.... "hugely impressed with the day... some sound things on offer... and inspirational in lots of ways... congratulations... good job!!".


  • Climbing with Clients with Disabilities - Fiona Nicholls and Su Porter
  • Team Building with Minimal Equipment -  Andy Barclay
  • Forest Schools Hints and Tips -  Jeff Adams
  • Myths and Realities - Current Trends in Health and Safety -  Pat Dollard
  • The Minibus Maze - who can drive what? Geoff - 
  • Professional Accreditation Opportunities with IOL  - Clare Sell
  • Improve your Group Management Techniques - David Glenny
  • Trailside Bike Maintenance  - Steve Horwell
  • Team Behaviour; am I the Satnav or the spare wheel -  Mark Revees and Nik Green
  • Journeying in Urban Areas -  Martin Northcott
  • Cooking Outdoors - Cathy Harshaw
  • Safe and Creative use of Knives and Saws - Richard Irvine
  • Displays by Dartmoor Rescue Group and  Shelterbox
  • Evening Adventure Talk 7.30
    Physiotherapist Rachel Andrews has raced to both the Magnetic North and the South Poles, raising funds for the Amber Trust. One of only two women to reach the South Pole, she will present her experiences of both expeditions for the first time to mark the 100th anniversary of Devon born Robert Falcon Scott reaching the South Pole.

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Vital information on Insurance for all IOL Events

if you would like a flavour of the kind of events that IOL SW have hosted before you find out more here.

SW Conference 2013 took place on 9th November at Heatree Activity Centre, Manaton, Devon

One delegate said "It was a real success"

We'll have a report and some photos soon.

Thank you to Heatree for providing a great venue and to all the presenters and organisers.

Workshops included:

  • Ropework beyond SPA
  • Literacy in the Outdoors
  • Useful research
  • Whittling thingumybobs and whatsits
  • Bird Calls


IOL Enabling Outdoor Learning for Teachers - in Plymouth

  • This took place on March 22nd 2013 in Plymouth. SWIOL hosted an event for TEACHERS as part of the IOL Enabling Outdoor Learning for Teachers scheme. For more details of the programme see - Enabling Outdoor Learning for Teachers in Plymouth. For all the info on EOL events that IOL have programmed see the EOL Web page. Feedback from the teachers who attended was very positive:
  • - Really enjoyed teambuilding exercises because it was great fun working with others who all had same viewpoint
    - Up close and personal AMAZING really inspired
    - Cooking my dinner made my tummy hungry but made me smile
    - Great feeling of learning with like minded people who enjoy outdoor learning
    - I am surprised at how happy I was to get wet and cold, it was fun!

Climbing with People with Disabilities
This course gave delegates the opportunity to experience a range of accessible activities including Wheelchair abseiling, climbing, crate stacking and king swing. 

  • On the 9th of February 2013 the Climbing with People with Disabilities Course went ahead at the Calvert Trust on Exmoor after the first date was snowed off.  This course was fully booked and hopefully another will follow soon.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children
Course Summary: This is a generic Level 2 course that supports NGB training.

  • On the 14th of November 2012 we ran a very successful Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop at Marjons.  Due to its popularity we then ran another evening on the 6th of December 2012 at The Adventure Centre in Tavistock.  Both courses were well received and some of the feedback included:
    "Excellent training, great pace and range of activities to keep focus/interest. Lots of good case studies used to illustrate keep points. Very knowledgeable trainer, would recommend and use again. Many thanks."

    "Very good. I liked the practical side, it gives you a greater understanding."
    "Great training, enjoyed the fact there was a 'bit of everything' from group work, slides, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions and really good summary at the end of the training. Thank you." 
    We plan to make these courses a regular CPD event so look out for the next one.