The OWL Collaboration (Outdoor Week of Learning)
The OWL Collaboration was devised as an immediate response to the trauma experienced by young people during Covid-19, including mental health issues, domestic abuse and adverse effects to their social development, school achievement and future job prospects.
Initially operating for 4 years, its ambition is to help in the recovery process, providing an opportunity for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to experience the recognised benefits of an Outdoor Week of Learning (OWL), enabling them to appreciate the natural environment while re-connecting with nature.
The overall design of OWL has been influenced by the need to plan long-term, meaningful, impact-driven projects. By evaluating its effectiveness, OWL’s anticipated success will become a major influencer of future funding and policy streams.
Further details of how the programme works are available on the Ernest Cook Trust website.
The Ernest Cook Trust are making a major contribution to funding The OWL Collaboration (£400K in Year 1) but are looking for funding collaborators to ensure its success and extend the reach of the programme to new centres and more schools. Funders would be encouraged to play an active part in the collaboration and help shape the impact evaluation.
"Funders will provide overall steering of the collaboration and learn about successful interventions through the impact evaluation that makes up an important part of the programme."
Victoria Edwards, Chief Executive, The Ernest Cook Trust