Funding for Residential Outdoor Education Centres

8 November 2021

As youth services continues to recover from the impact of Covid-19 restrictions the Executive has agreed a further £500K Covid-19 Relief Funding to support Outdoor Education Centres.

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The funding aims to keep the centres in business – allowing them to continue to benefit current and future generations of learners – and allow centre staff to support outdoor learning in schools and other formal education settings where appropriate.

Outdoor Education Centres provide vital educational and social opportunities for children and young people throughout Northern Ireland but have had to significantly reduce their services as a direct result of the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

Arlene Kee, Assistant Director for EA’s Youth Service, said: “We welcome this additional support from the Minister for Education and our Department colleagues who have listened closely to the needs of this sector, and the critical role outdoor learning and education has in developing our children and young people, both in school and through youth work.

This funding will make a significant contribution to the support of these important services as they work to recover from the impact of the pandemic. It should ensure that as part of the easement of restrictions for residential/overnight stays, the widest range of service providers remain available for all children and young people to engage in outdoor and residential experiences.”

The COVID-19 Residential Outdoor Education Centre Relief Fund will be administered by the Education Authority’s (EA) Youth Service and will be open for applications from 8 November 2021 closing on 26 November.

Funding has been provided as part of the Executive’s COVID-19 Relief fund.

Applications have now closed.

Last updated: 29/11/2021