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How are we responding to COVID-19?
Updated 1 March 2021
We want to do everything we can to support the young people who need us the most as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our priorities for 2021 are:
- To deliver our mission - to do meaningful work with as many young people as possible.
- To remain financially viable.
- To maintain strong and loyal partnerships with our customers, partners and donors.
We also want to ensure we adhere to all current COVID-19 guidelines to help slow the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe.
Getting back to our work
We paused the delivery of our traditional residential courses on 21 March 2020 in line with government advice. And following the announcement of another national lockdown in England, and similar lockdowns in Wales and Scotland earlier this year, we also paused the delivery of our adapted programmes too.
We are continuing to review all advice from the education, hospitality and outdoor sectors, including the latest guidance for England, Wales and Scotland.
Following information and announcements on lifting restrictions in England, and with more detail coming in from the devolved governments in Scotland and Wales, we are in the process of reviewing our programmes. We are planning our route back to delivering our mission and doing meaningful work with as many young people as possible.
Below is an overview of key dates for delivering our programmes in England. Key dates for Scotland and Wales will follow as soon as there is more information available. This is under constant review and will be updated if and when guidance changes.
Further detail about each of these areas is below.
Our in-school adventures will restart from 8 March and are working with the schools local to our centres in order to avoid unnecessary travel across the UK during the lockdown.
Our in-school adventures will become more widely available across the UK when the lockdown ends. We are determined to continue to deliver our mission and work with as many young people as possible, so we are offering our In-school Adventure programmes until the end of 2021.
We plan to restart our residential programmes for schools and youth groups at the start of the 2021/2022 academic year.
Whilst we are ready to welcome schools and groups back to our centres, we are under the guidance of government and national governing bodies, and right now we are advised not to operate in a residential way. Although this may change soon, we also want to support schools and give them enough time to plan for a return to residentials.
We are determined to continue to deliver our mission and work with as many young people as possible, so we are offering our In-school Adventure programmes until the end of 2021. These offer a unique way to support young people and schools to be active without the requirement of travel.
Early Careers Programmes
Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions and government guidance, we are unable to provide overnight residential programmes at our centres at the moment. However, we are exploring options with clients about delivering programmes at your place of work. If this is something you're interested in, contact us to find out more.
We are currently working towards resuming our Early Careers programmes from 12 April. We must adhere to government guidance and therefore will be operating on a limited capacity and in smaller group sizes. We are continuing to review all advice from the education, hospitality and outdoor sectors, including the latest guidance for England, Wales and Scotland.
Our Adventure Days are taking place again during the Easter break at centres in the Lake District for 10-17 year olds, who live locally to our centres.
We can't offer any Adventure Days at our centres in Scotland and Wales at this time, however, we are keeping a close eye on the guidance and will aim to do so as soon as it is possible.
Currently, we are still planning to run our Summer Adventure programmes between June and August. We are continuing to keep a close eye on government guidance and will amend plans as required.
However, with the continued uncertainty surrounding the lifting of international travel restrictions to and from the UK, we are unable to accept any bookings from young people who need to travel to the UK for their Summer Adventure. We are currently getting in touch with everyone who has a 2021 booking who are based outside of the UK to offer a credit or a refund. We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.
GET IN TOUCH WITH US
We are continuing to take bookings for our range of programmes – both our residential programmes (from August 2021) and our adapted programmes (from March 2021), which includes our In-school Adventures.
We are not able to take phone calls on our main office lines but continue to provide a full service remotely via email (contact us). We're grateful for your ongoing support and patience in these exceptional circumstances.
Further information on how we are adapting our delivery is available here: COVID safe at Outward Bound.
Our impact during covid-19
When we reopened after the first lockdown, the impact our adapted programmes on young people have been huge and we will work with young people again as soon as we are able to. We couldn’t have done this vital work without the ongoing support of our generous supporters.
Looking to the future
The challenges that young people face will not have disappeared but will have been made worse by this pandemic. And there is a need for Outward Bound; for space, freedom, adventure and fresh air.
Founded in the Second World War, Outward Bound has been there to help young people face challenge and manage uncertainty in their lives for 80 years. This is now needed more than ever before. We are determined to continue to do what we can to support the greater societal need. As a charity our mission is to help young people defy their limitations – and we are doing all we can to serve the thousands of young people who need us right now and in the future.
How you can help
There’s no doubt, as a charity COVID-19 will have a significant impact on Outward Bound. Many of you have asked how to help, and on this occasion it’s to make a donation to support young people attend Outward Bound in the future.
Our impact in a COVID-world
Young people have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Find out what impact we are having by supporting young people when they need it most.