Evaluation 2020

our impact during covid-19

For many young people, life is on hold.

Routines have been upended, restrictions have been placed on seeing family and friends, exams have been cancelled and job prospects have been erased.

And whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, young people have been disproportionately affected, both socially and economically. They risk becoming a ‘lost generation’ whose future prospects are permanently scarred.

How Outward Bound are responding

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.

Whilst we are unable to run residential courses, we are working with young people in the outdoors in a non-residential capacity. We're doing this through adventure days and in-school programmes, either local to our centres or across the UK. These sessions are meeting an urgent social and educational need during a time of crisis. They're providing a lifeline to many young people by offering freedom, respite and the chance to be active and socialise in a COVID-safe way.

An evaluation of the programmes delivered so far indicates that they are supporting the physical and emotional wellbeing of young people, helping to rebuild social and emotional skills and reengage pupils with their learning.

Download our impact report

This report covers the months of August-December 2020. It details the way that we helped young people as the nation adapted to the challenges of COVID-19.

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.

Read our latest statement

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Children and young people across the UK have had their lives turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our report draws on external sources as well as results from our own survey, to examine the role that the outdoors can play for the recovery, resilience and wellbeing of young people.

Download our report here