Outdoors 4 All Together CIC
Working with Nature towards a Brighter Future
Who We Are
Working in The Ribble Valley and surrounding areas of Lancashire and Yorkshire, 'Outdoors 4 All Together CIC' exists to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people of all ages and capabilities through contact with nature.
· To develop character and personal skills in order to improve a wide range of outcomes for service users
· To provide education and training that utilises and promotes the natural world
· To promote traditional woodland and environmental crafts
Meet the team;
Joanne, Steve, Anna, Dawn, Val
The team bring together a wide range of relevant skills and experience in an outdoor environment including Forest School Leadership, Teaching (both mainstream and SEN), Mental Health & Wellbeing, Occupational Health and Therapeutic Horticulture. In addition, we are all passionate advocates for the benefits of nature in an increasingly stressful world.
Anna Whittingham-Topliss (Director):
Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning: L3 Diploma; HLTA: Nurture focus trained, specialist in SEN, SEMH, dyslexia, PMLD, MLD, SLD, Solihull Approach trained; Forest School Programme Leadership: L3; Trained and experienced in: outdoor first aid, food hygiene, self-harm and mental health awareness; Scout Association: volunteer at local, District & County Levels (15 years experience) and member of East Lancashire Scouts Inclusion Team; trained and experienced in: support, management, recruitment and training of volunteers; NLP Practitioner; Mindfulness Practitioner; Mental Health 1st Aider; CPD short course: exercise & mental health, challenging ideas in mental health, play, learning & the brain.
Joanne Collinge (Director):
BSc (Hons) Environmental Management; Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (Geography/ EYFS); Level 3 Forest School Leadership; Outdoor First Aid, Level 1&2; Safeguarding & Child Protection.
Dawn Robinson (Director):
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy; Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care with holistic therapies; Diploma, Advanced Sport and also Holistic Therapy; Equine Assisted Therapy practitioner; Lead Occupational Therapist and (Recovery and Mental Health) with an extensive clinical background in working with adults coping with learning disabilities, mental illness, Personality Disorder, Autism and challenging behaviours. Has worked with sex-offenders and also with dementia patients.
Steve Tomlinson (Director):
HND Agriculture; Business experience in Management and Sales (agriculture and telecoms); Level 3 Forest School Programme Leader; trained and experienced in Outdoor First Aid, food hygiene, self-harm and mental health awareness; Scout Leader, District Commissioner, various Executive Committee roles (25 years experience): trained and experienced in support, management, recruitment and training of volunteers; passionate advocate of the outdoors including fishing, walking, camping and bushcraft.
Val Murray (Director):
BA Hons. Amenity Horticulture (landscape design and management); Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (Design Technology and Horticulture); Lead Teacher - pupil mental health and wellbeing (SEMH setting); Professional Development Diploma, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture; Friends Resilience (wellbeing) Programme facilitator. Experienced in garden design and build with work featured in national lifestyle magazines and at the Chelsea Flower Show. A former Metropolitan Police Officer with nearly ten years service, mostly in the CID.
Wellbeing programme – incorporating stress reduction and attention restoration techniques.
Friends Resilience Programme - endorsed by the World Health Organisation.
Positive Mental Health programme
Living Well Workshops
Fresh Air Faith
All sessions cater to individual needs and abilities
News & Views
Campfire & Conversation - Virtually Anywhere
Due to the recent restrictions, we have moved Campfire & Conversation online. You can still stare at the fire and interact via the comments section but we are running a live stream via our delivery partners facebook page ( Outdoors 4 All ) every Wednesday Morning from 9.30 - 10.30 am. Be sure to drop by, if you have access to facebook and say hello :) Stay safe everybody :) Keep your eyes peeled for further online sessions including Campfire & Conversation via Zoom.
Working Towards being dementia friendly
This week Anna & Steve, along with some other members of our team, took part in Dementia Awareness training. It was a great insight and we are looking forward to moving forward with this and being mindful in future projects.