The OWL Collaboration (Outdoor Week of Learning)

Young people
Existing collaboration

Aims and activities

Aims and questions

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.

Can your Trust or Foundation join us in this exciting new collaboration? Do you already fund farm or environmental based outdoor learning centres that might benefit from the Community of Practice and rigorous impact evaluation that OWL entails?

Victoria Edwards
Chief Executive, The Ernest Cook Trust

How to get involved

The Ernest Cook Trust has made a major contribution to funding The OWL Collaboration (£700K in Year 1 and £2million over the next three years). The Dulverton Trust has joined the Collaboration, funding transport and teacher training costs.

We are looking for other 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 interested in joining this collaboration can contact Victoria Edwards (by email, LinkedIn or phone 07968 346232) or email Ruth Turner at The Ernest Cook Trust.

Who's involved

The Ernest Cook Trust

The Dulverton Trust

Learning and Resources

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