Our impact post COVID

our impact during covid-19

For many young people, life continues to feel very uncertain.

Despite messages of hope and optimism that come with the success of the vaccination programme and the easing of restrictions, young people are still reeling from the effects of the pandemic.

They're in danger of becoming the 'lost generation'.

They face the daunting prospect of catching up on months of lost learning, entering a rapidly diminishing job market and rebuilding their hopes and dreams whilst struggling to cope with increasing levels of anxiety and worry about what the future holds.

How Outward Bound are responding

Between August 2020 and July 2021 we will work with over 13,000 young people across the UK to help them recover from the effects of lockdown.

We firmly believe that enabling young people to reconnect with others safely and feel positive is essential to restoring their confidence, getting their lives back on track and giving them hope for the future.

We've had to adapt - as restrictions have meant we've not been able to run our usual programme of residential courses. But our non-residential Adventure Days and in-school adventure programmes are going a long way to providing young people with positive and engaging experiences that are helping them to reconnect with their peers, reengage with learning and rebuild their skills and aspiration.

In many instances, these programmes have been targeted at young people who have been disproportionately affected by the most recent lockdown – such as vulnerable pupils, those from disadvantaged backgrounds or with additional needs. We are hugely grateful for the continued and generous support of our funders and donors that has meant we've been able to deliver this work.

Download our impact reports

We've written two reports of our work post-COVID. They're real time analysis of the way that we helped young people as the nation adapted to the challenges of COVID-19.

The latest focuses on what we have been able to do from March-July 2021.

The first cover the months of August-December 2020.

More information

Our priorities at Outward Bound are simple, we want to do everything we can to support the young people who need us most as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out how we continue to adapt to COVID-19.

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