About us

Get Out More is a social enterprise with a mission to help people engage with nature to feel better about themselves in mind and body, in other words, we want people to get more out of life through getting outdoors. We offer an exciting range of programmes for people of all ages, all year round delivered through contracts with organisations, grant-funded programmes and our own programme of bookable forest schools.  We believe passionately in the power of nature to bring people together and improve wellbeing, communities, employability and the environment.

We work with organisations, local authorities, businesses and families, with our vision to generate wellbeing through positive outdoor experiences. We strive to ensure this includes those most at risk of poor mental and physical health such as people affected by disadvantage, disability, addiction, homelessness, isolation and depression. As a social enterprise, profits are reinvested in the  community, making sure our services can benefit those who need it most and as a society we can all benefit from getting out more

Get Out More CIC earns income through commissioned contracts from groups and organisations, through grants and our own programme of bookable sessions such as the holiday forest schools.  Where we make a surplus we are pleased to be able to use it to provide free sessions in areas of disadvantage and to donate to conservation groups who work hard to protect the woods we enjoy.

On behalf of the Friends of St Ives I would like to thank you for the donation.  This is very kind and thoughtful of you and you can be assured that the money will be put to very good use.  You will always be welcome at St Ives particularly because you are offering opportunities to people who might not otherwise be able to experience the outdoors and giving them the chance to improve their physical and spiritual condition.  This is great work and we are thankful that you are doing it.” John Rhodes, Secretary of Friends of St Ives.

“Thank you for your kind donation. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we fully support the aims of Get Out More. I am heartened when as a social enterprise ‘you put your money where your mouth is’ and re-invest in the local community.”  Eric Yaffey, Chair of Friends of Park Wood

Gavin McNaughton has over 20 years of experience working with the corporate, public, third and community sectors on corporate responsibility, health & wellbeing, and environmental and social justice issues

Chris Leleux; is the owner of CLX First Aid and a Qualifications manager for ITC First Aid.  He has substantial knowledge of the education sector, implementing programmes and risk management.

Rachel Shaw; is an accomplished strategic marketeer with over 15 years experience in tourism, leisure and not for profit organisations. She helps to provide a strategic marketing direction for Get Our More and is passionate about using her skills to give something back to communities

Philip Cockayne; is a corporate governance consultant and Chairman of the Yorkshire Group of Junior Chambers. He brings experience in board and organisational development to Get Out More and is directing growth, new audiences and engagement with the local business community.

Jenny Woodward; is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Beckett University focusing on what helps improve people’s health and well-being. She is just starting a PhD into how communities can get involved in improving and using their local green spaces for health.

The organisation is managed by a small staff team;

Annie Berrington is the Managing Director responsible for running the organisation including securing contracts, developing programmes and looking after the day to day business of developing the social enterprise.  Annie is a qualified forest school practitioner and runs many of the outdoor sessions, although increasingly we work with freelancers too.

Susan Eardley is the part time Administrator.  She looks after the bookings, the invoices and helps develop our systems and procedures. She has worked with voluntary and social enterprise sector for over 20 years.

Lauren Emsley is Get Out More’s Project Assistant, whose responsibilities include recruiting volunteers, administering bookings and promoting the projects

Get Out More works with a talented team of freelance practitioners and volunteers who between them have a wealth of skills and experience including; arts, craft, drama, foraging, bushcraft, play and education.


Get Out More is commissioned by organisations such as schools, local authorities, community and environmental organisations to deliver outdoor programmes on their behalf.

In a recent survey of 100% of clients said Get Out More had helped them achieve their objectives and 84% said their objectives had been fully met [client survey November 2014]

Some recent clients:

  • Kirklees Council, Communities and Leisure
  • Leeds City Council, Artforms
  • Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • The National Trust Fountains Abbey
  • Southfield Special School
  • Bradford Community Environment Project
  • Riddlesden St Mary’s Primary School, Keighley
  • Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College

Get Out More is definitely one organisation which works to strong clear ethics and exceptional organisation”  Jen Scott, Bradford Community Environment Project

Get Out More works to stringent health and safety, safeguarding and inclusion policies and procedures. We work with experienced and suitably qualified outdoor practitioners; all our practitioners and volunteers have up to date enhanced DBS checks and are covered by public liability insurance. Leaders have first aid qualifications and carry out risk assessments of the site and activities for all programmes.

Policies are available for prospective clients to view on request.