Feedback from Get Out More clients

“Get Out More care about what they do. From Forest School and woodland adventures to wild food foraging and cooking, Get Out More provide quality experiences that connect people with the natural environment.”  Adele Jackson, Kirklees Council

“As someone who buys your skills in I know that I will get reliability, professionalism, open and honest communication, creativity and I really appreciate all of the above. You’ve been a pleasure to work with and I hope we can continue :-)”  Jen Scott, Bradford Community Environment Project

“Very adaptable organisation to work with. Annie was accommodating in working around our needs and providing something within our spec. Get Out More then got on with the task at hand, always reporting back and providing me with ongoing monitoring. I liked this approach and thought it worked well. I was also impressed in Get Out More’s creativity throughout the whole project – very professional and I would definitely work with them again.”  Sally Teasdale, Kirklees Council

“My son loves being free in the woods while appreciating the boundaries set.  He is not frightened about getting lost.  As a result he has developed confidence in being in the outdoors, loves getting filthy and has a real interest in bushcraft”

“My son loved the two days – this was his first time at Forest School and asks when he can go again! He came back filthy with big red cheeks and to me that’s a great sign of enjoyment!”

“K and E absolutely loved their two days with you at St Ives. They were able to push themselves to new limits and enjoy the outdoors. It seems to have boosted their confidence even in the city environment .  They are much more keen to play outside even in bad weather.”

I loved making new friends and learning how to light things. I loved the hot chocolate and cooking marshmallows as well.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful two days. S really enjoyed herself and has talked about forest school non-stop.   Jane McMullen, Parent

The forest school allowed K to be part of her local community, which emphasises her similarities to the people around her, not her differences. It allowed her freedom to just be a child (without mum) and to be adventurous and creative.

From Annie’s first email to the actual 2 days I have felt your commitment to ensuring that K was included and that her different abilities were not a barrier, just something which needed to be and could be accommodated.

LD, Parent

T loves going to forest school! In fact it is the only activity he asks to do in the holidays away from myself. It is always good to get children into the fresh air and doing exercise and I feel that he has really developed in his confidence to meet new people/make new friends. As he has gained confidence and succeeded in the activities at forest school his self-esteem has increased. He is motivated by forest school, wanting to tell me about what he did/what he has learned and sharing what he has learnt with his class.  A big thank you for everyone involved for their commitment and passion in helping our children!
N Arthurs, parent

I just wanted to say thank you for the effort you put into forest school. In F’s own word it’s ‘awesome’, not a word he particularly uses any other time. He looks forward to coming and is buzzing when he comes home which leaves me feeling a very satisfied mum. F struggles to concentrate and sometimes stuggles making friends but I know forest school has all this in hand and keeps him interested which makes me feel confident to send him alone without me. Once again thank you for a fantastic experience…roll on the next one!
Jayne Chippendale, Parent

Forest school has been a fantastically rewarding experience for my daughters. Due to one of my daughters special needs I was very reluctant to allow her to attend.  In spite of all the obstacles forest school has been one of the most rewarding activities she has participated in. This I believe is down to the dedication and skills of Annie and Louisa. They fully welcomed my daughter, worked within her abilities and were aware of anxiety triggers and were fully accepting of her special needs. The experience at Forest School has helped enormously with my daughter’s self esteem, phobias of dirt, willingness to engage with others. To hear your 10 year old daughter say for the first time in her life “I made some friends today” is priceless.”


“Get out more gave my staff the confidence to try things out and the students responded with more fun and therefore more learning.”
  Dominic Wall, Head at Southfield Special School

The children were completely ‘ in the zone’ throughout the day and the work they produced was phenomenal! I would strongly recommend this workshop to any school and would book the workshop again if I was not retiring!  June Evans, Deighton Gates Primary School

Thank you for all your hard work, energy and inspiration last week. You have really helped Lees to move on with Outdoor Learning  Gill Holland, Head Teacher, Lees Primary School

Thank you again for last week, really learnt a lot! It will definitely inspire some great learning experiences for the children!  Thanks very much Annie. It was great to have some new outdoor ideas to work with. Hopefully see you again soon.  Teachers at Harehills Primary

“The aim of the AONB events programme is to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate what the AONB offers for recreation. These events are a great way of encouraging families to enjoy the outdoors”.  Leanne Fox, Nidderdale AONB

Just a short note to say THANK YOU for yesterday’s session. I thought it went really well and the feedback from parents and children has been very positive. I will recommend you to other Parental Involvement Workers in the hope that they can also persuade their Heads to do a session in their school!  Christine Quirk, Knowleswood Primary School

On communities

We surveyed our clients about difference the Get Out More programme had made in their community:

50% said the programme had improved connections between individuals

27% told us that it had improved connections between communities

On the environment

33% of participants have since taken part in other local outdoor activities such as voluntary work or other outdoor groups

57% of participants said they now regularly access parks, woodlands and local green spaces

64% felt the programme had raised awareness of nature and local green spaces

On employability

In addition to Get Out More’s full time employee, in 2014 Get Out More worked with 15 freelance practitioners subcontracting work to the value of £17,865

16 volunteers contributed 56 volunteer days to the programme

Get Out More supported 7 of these volunteers with experience for their forest school qualification and 5 volunteers went on to paid work with Get Out More or other outdoor organisations

Figures gathered from Client and Participant Surveys Nov 2014 and Programme Monitoring and Finance reports Jan – Dec 2014