Programme September to December 2021

We are initiating a programme of weekly lightly educational and focused on socialisation adventure days for Home Educated young people and this will begin on September 9th 2021. Delivered weekly through to Christmas we do hope that this programme is a success and that we will be able to extend this provision into 2022 and beyond.

Cost

We are a business and we pride ourselves in paying a good sessional rate to our experienced and professional staff. We are a small team who deliver walks in the great outdoors to great acclaim. Our skills are many and include qualified teachers, fantastic foragers and amazing adventurers. These lifetime in the making of individual skills deserve a great wage and we won’t offer provision with staff on minimum or living wage rates. View our rates HERE.

Initially we will be charging £29.95 per child for each event. We think this is a bargain BUT we think we can do better. Just not yet… We need to have regular attendees and a minimum numbers attending to be able to look at the rate and make a downward change. With your help, booking your young people onto the events, we think we can get to £22.50 per child per day. This would include transport costs (train tickets if required for the event) any resources used and two staff.

At the mo though we guarantee two Enhanced DBS checked staff (one male and one female) and will cover any costs other than lunch/drinks for the day for the advertised £29.95.

Parents Go Free!

It’s about the kids but if you want to check us out and get an understanding of our style of provision then you are welcome and there is no charge however we couldn’t accommodate your rail fare etc if there was a rail journey on the day. Indeed, PRIOR to making a booking for your child we will offer you a couple of free places on any walk being delivered by Andrew Lamb anywhere in our programme and you can meet the main leader for the Home Ed days, introduce your child and have your child assess Andy, and chat away about all sorts of interesting stuff. Email info@walesoutdoors.co.uk to ask for your free spot – this is the programme of standard events.

Where?

This programme will be flexible and will take place in various locations close to Cardiff or a train journey from Cardiff.

Meeting points will be determined weekly and with knowledge of the prevailing weather forecast but in general there will be two options. Drop your child off at the event start point OR have your child meet me at Cardiff Central Station and we will take the train to the event start point. The event start point effectively will always be Cardiff Central but we will often be heading off to Taffs Well or Llantwit Major, amongst other locations, or you will be free to drop off your child at the actual event start point.

What?

Designed for socialisation, each event will be a walk of perhaps four miles or so, sometimes more, and will involve some gentle elements of education. This can take the form of having the young people take ownership of the day by developing routes and researching places to visit. There will be foraging and shelter building and we will in time develop ongoing relationships with landowners. We have resources that will be used when the location and weather are playing ball, such as power kite flying and maybe archery. Body boarding is also a possibility as is cycling. Art ‘classes’ will likely be a very wet weather alternative and this will take place in Cardiff.

Who?

Currently any young person aged between 10 and 15 years of age. We might take a 16 year old or two.

If there is interest we will look to offering similar provision for those of 6 to 10 years of age. Please let us know you are keen and we’ll make a list of interested families.

Why?

We believe that the education system in the UK, like the NHS, is not just in decline but is fatally flawed. Classes of over 30 mean that teachers cannot teach, they are there to police and control. That is not a good environment for young people and certainly does not encourage them to flourish.

We believe that in the current environment the only option is to go private or to home educate. We believe that small groups of parents with the support of experienced professionals can do a far better job of educating their children and in safe and nurturing environments BUT that meeting strangers and learning to socialise is often missing.

That’s where we come in.

Want to know more? Ask away – info@walesoutdoors.co.uk

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Walk leader @ Wales Outdoors, life model @ Cardiff Life Models and poet @ Self Published I opened the first mountain bike hire business in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1995. Since then my business, Wales Outdoors, has grown and morphed and is now the most active and most popular guided walks and adventure travel provider in Wales. Andy has been a volunteer co-ordinator, guided walks programme organiser and part time central area warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a Duke of Edinburghs area co-ordinator, a Princes Trust social inclusion manager, the catalyst for the Brecon Beacons National Park Environment Charter and a key motivator for the inception of the outdoor activity peer group, SWOAPG. Join Me! for a walk or two :)

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