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We’re recruiting! Join our team…
5th July 2019

Are you looking to join a small friendly social enterprise with a passion for the outdoors?

We are currently recruiting for an Outdoor Play/Forest School Practitioner to work on our Forest School Play Project, a Better Start Bradford Project, and our All for Play programme, commissioned by the Keighley Big Local. Due to the success of both programmes we are seeking an additional worker who can supplement our delivery in Bradford and Keighley. We are looking for a friendly, dedicated and proactive person who enjoys working with children and can share their love of outdoor play and nature with people from a range of backgrounds.

Further details can be found in the Outdoor Play Job Description 2019

Summer newsletter
4th July 2019

This time last year was wall to wall sunshine. This year we’re dodging the showers, but our outdoor programmes continue come rain or shine! Read on to find out more about our summer holiday programmes, which are booking up quickly this year.

It’s celebrations all round as we mark the first year of our Better Start Bradford programme, awarded prizes to the winners of our Lost Words competition and Get Out More picks up and award or two. Well done to all involved.

Whatever the weather, enjoy being outdoors this summer!

Annie and the Get Out More team

In this issue:

  • Summer forest schools now booking
  • Lost Words competition
  • We’d like to thank…
  • Party in the park
  • Healthy kids, happy holidays

Read the full newsletter here.

And the winner is…
2nd July 2019

…Get Out More!  We are delighted to announce that Get Out More won Social Enterprise of the Year in the Keighley and Airedale Business Awards 2019.  The prize was awarded at a glittering awards ceremony at the end of June, when Look North presenter Harry Gratian presented the award to the Get Out More’s Chair of the Board, John Hamilton and Board member Rachel Shaw.  The award was sponsored by Keighley Social Lights and recognises our seven years of growth from ‘one woman band’ to a blossoming team of six, as well as our social commitment to reinvesting in the communities in which we work through our donations of money and time from our profits.

In the last year we have made donations to community groups working hard to improve the environment of the Aire Valley, namely Friends of Park Wood, Friends of St Ives and Hirst Wood Regeneration Group.  We have also donated 40 copies of award-winning poetry book, The Lost Words; one for every school in Keighley plus copies for local libraries, hospitals and hospices too.  We have given assemblies at over 20 schools, telling the children about this important book which seeks to bring nature words back into children’s vocabulary.

As a business we are continually striving to increase the positive impact we can have on our beneficiaries across Bradford and West Yorkshire.  Recent commissions with Better Start Bradford and Keighley Big Local mean we are able to provide year round activities for children and families in local communities.  We recently have been granted funding through the Healthy Holidays scheme to promote healthy eating and ensure children don’t miss out on good meals during the long summer holidays and our summer holiday programmes in woodlands across the district continue to be popular with parents who want active, safe and adventurous fun for their children, instead of being stuck inside, glued to technology.

We have some ambitious plans to grow, create more jobs and increase our impact – watch this space for details of new projects and job opportunities coming very soon!

We would like to thank the judges making us an award-winning organisation and all our supporters and hard working teams of staff, board, practitioners and volunteers who make it happen

Lost Words Competition Winners
17th June 2019

Congratulations to our competition winners Poppy Chapman of Steeton Primary and Tyler Smith of Oakworth Primary who won first prize and runner-up in our Lost Words competition last year and enjoyed their prizes of a forest school style day for their whole class this May.  Year 3/4 from Steeton Primary enjoyed a full day of den building, games and a campfire at St Ives, while Year 1 visited Griff Woods for a half day of woodland fun.

The Lost Words is a beautifully illustrated book of nature poems that is becoming a national phenomenon, as grassroots campaigns seek to get a copy in every school in the country.  Get Out More donated forty copies of the book to schools in Keighley and Bradford, as part of its social commitment to support the communities in which it works.  We delivered assemblies at over twenty schools and invited schools in Keighley and surrounding area to create pictures or poems inspired by the book to win a forest school session for a whole class.  We were delighted to receive over 200 entries from 10 local schools and found it hard to pick just two winners.

The winning entries: 

We loved this poem which, like the poems in the Lost Words, captures the essence of the bird and cleverly uses the acrostic format (read the first letter of each line downwards) to describe its  habits and lifestyle.

Goldfinch by Poppy Chapman

Golden twinkles in the sky

Open beaks singing high

Lunchtime visits, they come to feed

Down they come for their favourite seed.

Fluttering on the thistle heads

Inspecting moss and plants for their beds

Nests cosy where the finch snuggles up warm

Cheeping chicks are being born

Hatchlings huggle in the nest, getting ready for a rest

 

Hedgehog by Tyler Smith

We were very taken with this collage by young Tyler, who has made a colourful and creative interpretation of one of our favourite mammals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entries from Lees Primary, Harden Primary, St Joseph’s Primary and Parkwood Primary were all highly commended.

Making a Great Start with Better Start
19th March 2019

We are about to complete our first year of the Forest School Play Project, an adventurous programme to encourage very young children from areas of Bradford to develop better health, confidence and resilience through engaging with the natural environment.  Better Start Bradford commissioned Get Out More to deliver the programme last April, and by the end of March we will have run 99 sessions with 9 nurseries and 90 children, with many of the parents coming along for one or more session too, to see what its all about!

“Really good for the children to explore and get them to embrace the outside world and use their imagination. Really good for parents to get involved. I had so much fun!”

“These sessions really bring out the best in my children! Their curiosity, wonder and creativity are all nurtured beautifully by being outside and how responsive Get Out More and the nursery staff are.”

Parents of children on the Forest School Play Project

Better Start Bradford is an ambitious programme to develop an evidence base and new ways of working to improve the outcomes for young children and families based in three Bradford wards; Bowling, Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.  Our Forest School Play Project is busy gathering evidence of what works in the forest school approach with young children and this is being evaluated by researchers from Born in Bradford’s Innovation Hub.

Call Out To Parents and Early Years workers in the Better Start Bradford area!

Forest school programmes:

We are about to go into our second year of delivering and are now looking for more nurseries who would like to take part over the next 2 years.  Our enthusiastic pair of qualified forest school practitioners, Sam and Lizzie, come each week to run a two-hour outdoor session for ten weeks with 3 year olds from the nursery, visiting local parks and woodlands for lots of outdoor fun, such as games, exploration, nature discovery and crafts.  Nurseries who have taken part so far are noticing how the programme is helping the children grow in confidence, bringing on their language, social skills and physical development in very obvious ways,  such as noticing children using more varied language, asking more questions and becoming more confident walkers

Forest school Training

Excitingly, we are also offering accredited forest school skills training for early years workers and parents from the area who would like to take their interest in outdoor play and learning with children to the next level. The Level 1 and Level 3 courses equip early years workers and parents with the skills, confidence and ideas to support or lead forest schools, and can be a transformational and empowering experience.  We are running two courses in  Bradford in 2019:

Level 1 Forest School Practitioner Award:  A 3 day course for anyone wanting to gain skills in working outdoors with children.  7-9 October 2019.  Download the application form here: Forest School Training application form Level 1 2019

Level 3 Practitioner Award will equip learners with the skills to lead forest schools.  Two full weeks of training plus first aid training and portfolio completion. 3 – 7 June & 2 – 6 December 2019. Download the application form here: Forest School Training application form Level 3 2019

All opportunities are free to settings / individuals in the Better Start Bradford area.  To discuss getting involved or find out more information, get in touch today 

 

Space to Breathe in Keighley
17th January 2019

Get Out More is inviting people to connect with nature and wellbeing right on their doorstep, with a free guide to 9 walks to nature spaces within easy reach of the town centre.

Breathing Spaces Keighley, funded by Big Lottery, highlights well known and hidden beauty spots in Keighley that can easily be accessed on foot and where people can get a dose of nature to help them feel good. People can also join Get out More on Wednesday 30th January at 1pm meeting at the Railway Station in Keighley for a celebration walk to mark the launch of the Breathing Spaces Keighley.

Managing Director Annie Berrington says “When we connect to nature, our blood pressure lowers, stress hormones reduce and immunity and mood are boosted.  At this time of year when we may be feeling the winter blues and resolving to try to be healthier, regular gentle exercise in nature, not only helps us improve our physical fitness, it helps us feel better inside too. The idea of the Breathing Spaces booklet is to encourage people to take time out to enjoy nature on the doorstep.  People may be surprised by the pockets of nature that exist in the middle of Keighley: I’ve come across deer grazing in Park Wood, just behind the railway station and have twice spotted kingfisher darting along the river Worth.  Whether you have a free afternoon, or just a lunchbreak, there is plenty to discover in our town”

The Breathing Spaces mentioned in the booklet are; Park Wood, Devonshire Park, the River Worth railway path, nr Dalton Mill, Cliffe Castle park, River Worth path, East Riddlesden Hall, River Aire, Leeds Liverpool Canal and Low Wood and are shown on this map. As well as instructions on how to access the walk, there are ideas to prompt a deeper connection through slowing down, focusing and using the senses.

The booklets are available from sites across Keighley, including Cliffe Castle, KVWR stations, the library, pharmacies and food outlets or can be viewed online here. Breathing Spaces Keighley

 

 

2018 REVIEW OF THE YEAR
18th December 2018

 

Its been another busy year at Get Out More with new staff, expanding projects and increased numbers of people getting out more with us.  We’ve experienced all weathers, from a very soggy winter, to heavy snow from the Beast from the East to a long hot record-breaking summer.  It shows that with the right clothes and enthusiasm, there are no barriers to everyone feeling the benefits of getting closer to nature.

Here are some of our 2018 highlights:

JANUARY Our regular sessions with students from Broadbeck Learning Centre continued throughout the winter. Broadbeck is a therapeutic, education and care facility which caters for children with a diverse range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  Students have responded well to the adventurous learning outside of the four walls of the classroom.
FEBRUARY Thanks to funding from social enterprise Enable 2, in February we worked with Barnardos’ Stronger Families project with a series of wellbeing walks exploring  Bradford beauty spots. Participants felt the benefits of being in nature during the winter months, getting fresh air and meeting new people.
MARCH It had already been a wet cold winter, but as we headed towards spring, the Beast from the East brought us a huge dump of snow. Our hardy participants at the Wild Woods Club Saturday sessions in Keighley enjoyed sledging, snowman building competitions, mud slides and a chocolate fondue over the campfire!  We were sorry to say goodbye to Viky Sutcliffe (pictured here) who had worked on this project for a year.
APRIL We were delighted to welcome three news new staff members to the team in April.  Sam Colman and Lizzie Lee joined us as Forest School Practitioners on our Better Start Bradford and Keighley Big Local projects.  Julia Babbitt came on board as Project Support to cover Lauren’s maternity leave.  (Lauren’s beautiful baby Otis arrived safely in April too.)
MAY With our new practitioners ready to go, we ran our first Forest School Play Project Sessions for Better Start Bradford. This marked the start of a 3 year programme and research project which will see us working with 33 nurseries in Bradford.  The 3 year olds are loving visiting their local parks and woodlands to climb trees, build dens, walk barefoot and get involved in lots of imaginative play.
JUNE June was the month of #30dayswild, a Wildlife Trust initiative to get people connecting with nature on a daily basis.  We took up the challenge as a business and incorporated lots more nature into our working lives, including our board away day in the woods at St Ives.  We welcomed John Hamilton as our new Chair of the Board of Directors and had fun discussing key issues around a log circle rather than a board room table.
JULY We returned to the Great Yorkshire Show again this year, where hundreds of children and their families got involved in wood craft. They sawed, drilled and decorated their wooden badges, with all generations joining in. We even had football themed badges to support England as the country went World Cup crazy!
AUGUST We had a busy summer running our summer holiday forest school programme in woods across Yorkshire and a non-stop summer scheme in Keighley.  The sun shone for pop up play events, forest schools and family trips. Although fires were banned at many of our sites due to the dry hot weather, this didn’t stop the adventures, creativity and fun!
SEPTEMBER Woodland heritage was the theme for 2 forest schools  in the autumn term. Parkwood Primary Forest School and Ben Rhydding Primary learnt all about tree folklore, charcoal burning, pottery and prehistoric carving through some very hands-on learning in the woods, thanks to funding from the lottery via Pennine Prospects’s Celebrating Woodland Heritage project.
OCTOBER Our All for Play team ran a series of October Half term activities including a very popular Halloween event. Children from the Keighley Big Local area hollowed pumpkins, made Halloween crafts and had their faces painted. The fun continued with more spooky activities in the woods at dusk.
NOVEMBER Entries came flooding in from schools for our competition to win a forest school day for a whole class.  We asked children to submit poems or artwork inspired by the book ‘The Lost Words’We are proud to have donated copies of the book to 40 schools in Keighley and Bradford this autumn, part of a grass roots campaign to get the book into every school in the country. It was extremely hard to choose, but congratulations to our winners Steeton and Oakworth Primaries.
DECEMBER Get Out More staff and board rounded off the year with a Christmas party in a teepee, where we huddled around the campfire (busman’s holiday?!) to reflect on the achievements of the year and look forward to 2019.  Congratulations to forest school practitioners Lizzie Lee and Sam Colman who jointly won Get Out More’s Star of the Year award.

 

Once again, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone we have worked with, played with, learned with and explored with over the year – we can’t do it without you.

Here’s to a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Hope to see you in 2019!

 

Autumn newsletter
1st October 2018

The long hot summer may be over, but the woods and parks are looking stunning right now as the trees take on their autumn colours. It’s a great time to be outdoors and soak up the benefits of nature. In this newsletter we’ve details of the half term programme, a piece about the natural therapy of forest bathing and news of a giveaway of a very special nature book that is sweeping the UK. Have a great Autumn.

Annie

In this issue:

  • October Half Term Forest Schools
  • The Lost Words for Bradford schools
  • The Art of Forest Bathing
  • We’re All For Play!
  • Baby Boom

Read our newsletter here

The Lost Words for Local Schools
21st September 2018

The Lost Words is a beautifully illustrated book of nature poems that is becoming a national phenomenon, as grassroots campaigns seek to get a copy in every school in the country.  Get Out More is delighted to be donating the book to schools in Keighley and surrounding area, as part of its social commitment to support the communities in which it works.

When the Oxford Junior Dictionary decided to drop a number of common nature words like acorn, buttercup and conker, to make way for technological terms like analogue, broadband and cut-and-paste, writer Robert MacFarlane was among a number of campaigners alarmed by the message this sends about our relationship with the natural world.  He was inspired to try and keep nature’s place in children’s vocabulary and wrote a series of spell-like poems, which have been illustrated by Jackie Morris to create a stunning book.

Get Out More’s Managing Director, Annie Berrington said, “We believe strongly in the importance of nature in our lives.  At a time when children are spending more and more time indoors and tied to technology, its key for our health and wellbeing that we don’t lose touch with nature.  Like our forest school and outdoor play programmes, The Lost Words helps children connect with the natural world all around them.  After all, if they can’t name it or know it, they can’t love and protect it.  We knew about the successful campaign to get a copy in every school in Scotland and when we saw teacher Vicky Cooke was  trying to do the same for Bradford, we knew we wanted to be involved.”

Get Out More has bought 45 copies of The Lost Words – one for every school in Keighley and surrounding area, plus some Bradford schools too.  Staff from the organisation will be visiting schools to present their copy over the next few weeks.

To encourage teachers and pupils to engage with the book, Get Out More have invited pupils to create their own nature-based poems or pictures.  The best poem or illustration will receive a full day forest school trip led by one of Get Out More’s qualified forest school leaders, with a half-day session for one runner up class.  The competition is open to years Reception to Year 6 in invited schools in Keighley and surrounding area.  Entries should be sent to Get Out More CIC, AES Orchard, Sunderland Street, Keighley BD21 5LE, or arrange for collection, by 30 November

Walk This Way to Wellbeing
31st August 2018

As the season turns, Get Out More is encouraging people to get into the woods for a series of wellbeing walks.  This September we will be running walks in Skipton, Ilkley and Keighley as part of the South Pennines Walk and Ride festival (8-23 September) and the first Keighley Walking Festival (17-23 September).  Rather than simple A to B walks, the wellbeing walks, led by Annie Berrington, will include hands-on nature-based activities to encourage participants to connect with nature and feel the health benefits of spending time with trees.  A family walk in Skipton Woods on 8 September will include fun, sensory activities for all ages, while the walks in Ilkley and Keighley later in the month are for adults only and will use ‘shinrin-yoku’ or forest bathing techniques to help people feel calm and relaxed.

All the events are free – more information via our Events page.

The South Pennines Walk and Ride festival is the perfect opportunity to explore the wild and wonderful South Pennines landscape, its heather-covered moors, steep-sided valleys, canals, reservoirs and packhorse trails. You can see the full programme here: South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2018

 

The first ever Keighley Walking Festival takes place 17-23 Sept with the aim of encouraging people experience the range of walks the district has to offer from short park strolls to riverside and canal-side walks, as well as more more strenuous moorland rambles in the surrounding countryside.  See the full programme here: Keighley Walking Festival 2018