EVERY CHILD, EVERY CHANCE. TACKLING CHILD POVERTY
A progressive whole school and establishment approach to Outdoor Learning is an effective way to bring about positive action on poverty Outdoor Learning. If most outdoor learning takes place in the grounds or within walking distance of the school and establishment, then costs are significantly reduced, if not removed entirely. Investment in resources, including waterproofs, to support routine and regular Outdoor Learning can transform your provision. A sustainable approach that allows frequent and regular visits all year round.
This approach allows excursions further afield, including wild and remote locations, residentials involving adventurous activities to be planned well in advance, enabling groups to prepare and obtain resources, which secures the breadth of opportunity to all.
1 IN 5, RAISING AWARENESS OF CHILD POVERTY IN EDINBURGH PROJECT
Practical ideas for consideration by schools and groups to support families. Suggested by focus groups comprising staff, parents, carers, children and young people
- Add up the amount of money requested from parents in all the letters that are sent home during a pupil’s time in school and consider spacing things out more
- Inform parents at the start of the year of the cost for activities, so they have plenty of warning and time to save.
- Revise any first come, with payment - first serve policies for activities, as this can be unfair for parents who cannot produce the money immediately.
Suitable grants and other support can reduce the cost of Outdoor Learning while maintaining quality provision. The City of Edinburgh registered excursions coordinators will receive any new grant ideas via the regular e-update.
Friends of Lagganlia
A charity set up to support the work of our Lagganlia Outdoor Centre. They believe in the powerful impact that outdoor learning residentials can have on personal and social development. Financial support is available to eligible young people.
Friends of Benmore
A new charity is being created to support the work of our Benmore Outdoor Centre.
Friends of the Award (FOTA)
FOTA works in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council to support young people in accessing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, including advice, training and access to kit.
John Watson’s Trust
A local charity which awards grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability or who are socially disadvantaged, and includes excursions. For more information visit website
Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust
Funds projects that give disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. Outdoor activities including walking, climbing, cycling, kayaking, sailing, horse riding and residential courses at outdoor centres, but rarely one-off excursions. For more information visit website