Petition Launched to #SaveYourOutdoorCentres
Scotland’s outdoor education sector has issued a call to the Scottish Government to support outdoor residential centres or face losing them forever. The sector is asking Scottish Government to review its decision not to provide a financial support package to the sector, while it remains unable to operate as normal due to the impact of Covid-19.
A petition on behalf of the sector has been launched, gathering 500 signatures within hours of its publication.
On 14 August, the Scottish Government issued advice to local authorities that school residential trips should not take place until at least the Spring term in 2021. With no review date set, and no financial support package in place, it is feared that the closure of GirlGuiding Scotland’s centre, Nertherurd House.
YouthLink Scotland CEO Tim Frew, said: “Outdoor residential centres are a key fabric of the Scotland’s wider education system, including youth work. The positive impact of learning outdoors on young people’s health is well attested and as important part of education recovery as the return of schools. We support Scotland’s outdoor sector providers as they seek support to prevent closures.”
The #SaveYourOutdoorCentres campaign is urging all people in Scotland who have benefited from a residential experience over the years, as well as teachers, youth workers, support networks for young people with additional needs, and any parents and young participants who have recently benefited from a residential outdoor learning experience, or who were looking forward to their turn, to write to their MSPs and the Government and demand they #saveyouroutdoorcentres.