If you would rather listen than read, here's a link to our Radio Bristol broadcast in February 2020 explaining what we do.
What we do
Osprey Outdoors was born in 2009, and we have many years of experience in delivering engaging outdoor activities and inspiring courses in a wide range of rural locations and natural landscapes across North Somerset and the Mendips.
Our activities aim to contribute to creating healthier and happier communities through environmental activities that develop outdoor skills and experiences that bring people together.
We believe that the great outdoors is the perfect environment to:
Promote engagement in the natural world
Learn about our impact on the planet
Build confidence and motivation
Develop new skills
Impact positively upon wellbeing and enhance a sense of belonging
Promote social cohesion and reduce isolation
Who we are for
Osprey’s activities are open to all, and referral can be made by an individual or a local agency on behalf of someone else.
It is important to us that our activities are rewarding, purposeful, inclusive, collaborative and fun. We want everyone who participates to feel that they are learning new skills and having nourishing experiences, whilst gaining a high level of personal achievement.
We have many years of experience working with vulnerable adults, children and young people and can tailor activities and courses to meet the needs and goals of individuals or groups. We also offer team building activities and events for the wider public.
Who we are
Osprey Outdoors was set up by Wendy Watkins and Matt Doolan, as a not for profit, Community Interest Company.
We realised that there was a need for people to leave technology behind and wanted to give everyone the opportunity to get outside and into nature. Particularly those who find it hard to leave the urban environment due to many reasons, including lack of transport, finances, someone to go with, low confidence and self esteem, not knowing where to go to or how to get there, and many other reasons why we stay in town or at home.
All our staff are DBS checked and we train members of the team in Outdoors First Aid, Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, Prevent, Risk Assessments. Some members of our team have additional qualifications including:
- Mountain Leader Training
- Minibus Drivers Assessment
- Nutrition BSc
We have the following policies in place:
- Health and Safety
- Equality and Diversity
- Child protection and Safeguarding
- Modern Slavery
- Disposal of Electrical Equipment
- Environmental sustainability
We work with many local organisations including:
- Friends of Grove Park
- We Are Aware
- Team North Somerset
- For All Healthy Living Centre
- Citizen's Advice Bureau
- Voluntary Action North Somerset
- Curo Housing
- Alliance Homes
- Changing Lives
- AWP Early Intervention Team
- Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Somerset Wildlife Trust
- Avon Wildlife Trust
- National Trust
- Reptile and Amphibian Group
- Worlebury Hillfort volunteers
We are always open to working with like-minded organisations and new groups, so please do get in touch for an informal chat.
We are grateful for support to enable us to carry out our valuable work.
Our work has been funded by Educational Establishments including:
- Worker's Educational Association
- Somerset Skills and Learning
We have received Grant funding from various organisations including:
- The Big Lottery Community Fund
- Quartet Community Foundation
- North Somerset Community Partnership
- We Sport
- Wessex Water
- Bristol Water
- Merchant Venturers Association
- British Science Week
- Wellcome Foundation
Any financial surplus is put back into the organisation and used to purchase equipment and materials to enable us to continue making our projects happen.
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