Update on Covid-19 Business Funding

Just in case our Members haven’t seen recent information from Welsh Government on funding for businesses affected by Covid-19, here is the latest information we have received from Brecon Beacons Tourism. Although some of it relates specifically to guidance issued by Powys, other Local Authorities should have similar arrangements in place: 1. Economic Reliance Fund … Read more

Post Covid-19 Guidelines and Recovery Matrix for Adventure Sports and Provision in Wales

Following its earlier “Post Covid-19 Recovery Plan for the Outdoor Sector in Wales“, the Outdoor Alliance Wales  (led largely by WATO Members with contributions from SWOAPG) has now produced: The aim of this new document, which has been designed specifically for use by Outdoor Activity Providers, is to provide an ‘at a glance’ guide to … Read more

School Residential Visits – Change in Department for Education guidance

The Institute for Outdoor learning has released the following update, with some slightly encouraging news for the future of school residential visits: “After considerable work with the Department for Education, support from MPs and tireless campaigning from centres, providers, schools and others across the country, we have received news of the Secretary of State’s decision … Read more

Save Outdoor Education: please get involved!

Many of you will be aware of the campaign to ‘Save Outdoor Education’ as a result of school residential trips still being prohibited by the Government under Covid-19 precautions. UK Outdoors (a federation of IOL, AHOEC, BAPA and the Outdoor Council) has already gained some success in getting this issue on the agenda with the … Read more

Funds for Self-Employed / Freelancers

Just in case you weren’t already aware of these: The third round of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme will open for applications on 30 November; HMRC should have already contacted you if you are eligible to apply for this. It was suggested by Visit Wales at out AGM on Thursday that some outdoor activity … Read more

Save Outdoor Education: please get involved!

Many of you will be aware of the campaign to ‘Save Outdoor Education’ as a result of school residential trips still being prohibited by the Government under Covid-19 precautions. UK Outdoors (a federation of IOL, AHOEC, BAPA and the Outdoor Council) has already gained some success in getting this issue on the agenda with the … Read more

Job Opportunity: writing a Manifesto for the BMC for Wales

Are you knowledgeable about Welsh politics? Are you interested in mountaineering, rock climbing and hillwalking in Wales? Are you familiar with the BMC’s work, including access and environmental, youth development and participation, and clubs? The BMC is looking to employ a contractor for a fixed contract to work closely with the BMC’s Access & Conservation … Read more

SWOAPG AGM

**Thanks to everyone who joined us on Thursday. We had a great turn-out and some valuable discussion and will publish the minutes as soon as we get a chance*** This year’s SWOAPG AGM was held on Thu 19 Nov via Zoom video-conference. Relevant documents are available via the links in the agenda below. Agenda Welcome … Read more

SWOAPG Membership Questionnaire

We’d be very grateful if all SWOAPG Members could complete a short questionnaire to help us plan our future operations: please click here to complete the survey by 30 November – thanks! .Also a final reminder that this year’s SWOAPG AGM will be via video-conference on Thursday 19 Nov at 6.30pm. It would be great … Read more

SWOAPG AGM Update & Reminder – 19 Nov 6.30pm

We’re hoping that representatives of Visit Wales will be able to join us at our AGM on Thursday evening to explain their intentions for future marketing campaigns and funding policies affecting our sector. We will also be introducing our forthcoming membership survey and getting some immediate feedback from you on some important questions that could … Read more