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While we are unable to run our courses we're busy collecting stories from our team, the young people we've worked with and our wider Outward Bound family. Here we share their stories of how they getting through this health emergency.
We continue to be inspired by their stories and hope you are too. Finding inspiration and perspective certainly is helping us build our resilience through these challenging times. If you want to share your story with us please get in touch.
MARYAM. OUTWARD BOUND ALUMNI
In such unprecedented times, our teachers, doctors, nurses, cleaners, supermarket workers, volunteers and many more rose to the occasion, becoming the glue which binds our society together.
Frustrated at my inability to support those who really need it, I decided to help out by setting up my own online student support hub because what we do makes a difference and we have to decide what type of difference we want to make.
STEPHANIE. OUTWARD BOUND ALUMNI
My name is Stephanie, I am a former Outward Bound participant and completed the 19 day Skills for Life Award in 2017 when I was 18. As I look back now, I learned more about myself in those 19 days than I had in my entire life.
Lockdown hasn’t been easy, I am a young carer living in Glasgow with my mum who is at risk. We are self-isolating to protect her which means we don’t leave my house. The first few weeks were extremely difficult for me, but I've managed to adapt.
ELEANOR. OUTWARD BOUND ALUMNI
With all the challenges we're currently facing, it's made me really reflect on how I've got to where I am now. I used to see, how can we put this politely - a “difficult teenager”. I was at times very close to be permanently excluded. I did not fit well into the education system and it was the courses with Outward Bound through school that changed my life and made me into the person I am today.
Faith, Marathon Runner
I’m running the London Marathon for the Outward Bound Trust in October. I am usually a paediatric anaesthesiologist but am currently on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic at the hospital I work at in Seattle, Canada.
Alex, Outward Bound Instructor
I’m an instructor at Outward Bound Ullswater. Outside work, I also volunteer for the Lancaster Area Search and Rescue. As part of that team, I am currently assisting Morecambe Bay Foodbank with their COVID-19 response and delivering food to those who need it most during this time.
Megan, OB Alumni and Marathon Runner
After completing a Skills for Life course with Outward Bound in 2016, it left me with a constant curiosity as to how far I can push myself both physically and mentally.
During lockdown, I decided to run the London Marathon for Outward Bound Trust this October. I wanted to use the current circumstances we all find ourselves in as an opportunity to throw myself into something new, whilst giving the Trust a little hand with fundraising.
"...And above all, compassion"
At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, we all need courage, kindness and compassion.
Our work is based on the philosophy of one of our founders, Kurt Hahn. As an educationalist, he created Outward Bound during the chaos of the Second World War in 1941. We think his 'Five Pillars' are as relevant today as they were back then.