Group behind outdoor activities for all ages is shortlisted for award

Tom Lowdray and Shevek Pring, founders and directors of The Outdoors Group

On track for an award? Tom Lowdray and Shevek Pring, founders and directors of The Outdoors Group - Credit: The Outdoors Group

The Outdoors Group has been shortlisted in two categories in the Rural Business Awards 2021 South West Region.
The organisation, with its holistic approach to the provision of outdoor-based activities for all ages, is a finalist for Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project and Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business.
The aim of these awards is to give recognition to businesses operating across the rural sector, acknowledging the opportunities presented by our countryside and celebrate achievements. 
Shev Pring, one of the founders of The Outdoors Group says “The South West is teeming with creative, ethical rural businesses working with the very best resources we have at our fingertips – the beautiful countryside.
“After a difficult year, it’s a real boost to be a finalist in these innovative awards. 2021 is The Outdoors Group’s 10th anniversary so we’re doubly proud of the recognition. Good luck to all the finalists.”
The Outdoors Group provides a range of activities encompassing fun and learning, with several forest schools including the popular Exmouth site; The Outdoors School; training for teachers, volunteers and forest school leaders; plus a new series of outdoor experiences such as a Wellbeing Weekend and Rewilding Weekend.
The winners will be announced in the autumn. 
Founded in 2009, the Outdoors Group’s provision includes the Outdoors School and Forest Schools. 
The Outdoors School
Providing alternative learning environment for learners who are not thriving in mainstream or other education settings. The school caters for KS2 and KS3 learners (ages 7-14). Exploring life-lessons through practical skills and group engagement, key to our delivery has always been rooted in a holistic approach, addressing social and emotional wellbeing and development to promote rounded, confident and resilient children that are considerate of the community they are a part of and the environment that we all share. For some learners this will be a short-term solution, providing them with skills to return to mainstream education. For others it will be a longer-term experience. 
Every Forest School aims to connect children to the environment, to provide a natural space for them to play, discover, explore and learn. The focus is on soft skills, learning to be happy in themselves and within a group. A woodland environment is a great place to learn life’s lessons as the group develops throughout the seasons. The Outdoors Group has several Forest School locations in Devon popular with parents who want their children to experience fun with an emphasis on the outdoors and nature.  
 

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