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Opening Doors to the Outdoors Project

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Opening Doors to the Outdoors Project

The Outdoor Partnership (TOP) was formed in 2004 to address a disconnect in the North West Wales outdoor sector whereby there were limited opportunities for local people to take part in outdoor activities in their communities and as a result residents saw little value in either the health, wellbeing and employment opportunities.

Aims of the Opening Doors to the Outdoors Project

The aim of this project is to inspire and support other communities in Ayrshire; Cumbria; Newry, Mourne and County Down, Ards and North Down, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon to develop an operational model similar used by TOP to inspire local people to regularly engage in healthy activities outdoors to improve their sporting, educational, social, economic and community potential.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund over seven years with the objective to begin work in Ayrshire, Cumbria and North Ireland in the first year with two or more regions being established from year four. TOP with the support of RPT Consulting will manage the programme through a Development Officer for each region.

The development approach will:-

  • identify needs;
  • establish a stakeholder group;
  • recruitment of staff;
  • research and programme development;
  • establish an organisation;
  • launch, develop and deliver programmes;
  • review and monitor.

Caoimhe Connor is the Northern Ireland Outdoor Activities Development Officer. Caoimhe is the first of three new Outdoor Activities Development Officers and is based at the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. The role will involve establishing, and supporting existing local community outdoor clubs and groups, schools, and youth groups encouraging participation in a wide range of outdoor activities using the natural environment on their doorstep.

Caoimhe is seeking your help, she is performing an audit on outdoor activity providers, clubs and schools. If you provide outdoor activities can you please complete the questionnaire (link below). It should only take five minutes –

Clubs Questionnaire:

Providers Questionnaire:

Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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