August 10 2018
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August 10 2018
Large crowds have hit the beach for the first sessions launching Colwyn Bay’s first ever Surf Lifesaving Club.
Participants gathered at Colwyn Bay Watersports last Thursday (August 2nd), for the first session to learn about volunteering opportunities the club would offer and how to get involved.
Read more about the story here
August 10 2018
Dyffryn Conwy Surf Club was born out of a partnership between the community, local charity The Outdoor Partnership, Conwy County Borough Council and Surf Snowdonia. The aim was to create a community-centred club that would offer low cost surf coaching to North Wales kids who might not otherwise be able to access it.
Read more about their story here
August 10 2018
Snowdonia’s Young Rangers recently helped to pick up litter on the Llanberis Path as part of the UIAA Respect our Mountains project. To finish off a great day they had a taste of paddle-boarding on Llyn Padarn. Thank you for your hard work and to the Outdoor Partnership!
August 08 2018
Lligwy Beach Cafe will host a fun filled day of activities for all the family in celebration of Visit Wales’ Year of the Sea.
There will be a range of activities on offer including a sea swim, paddlingn biking and RNLI displays.
If you’d rather watch, you could soak up the atmosphere in the beach side tipi where there will be refreshments on offer throughout the day aswell as live music from 3pm onwards!
For further information, please contact Ceri on email@example.com.
July 13 2018
More than 300 children and young people and staff from 7 SEN Schools across North Wales attended the festival.
Activities during the week included cycling, climbing and rowing.
Co-ordinator Bethan Davies of Outdoor Partnerships said:
“The aim of the festival was to enable disabled children and young people to take part in activities they normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to do due to various barriers. Each activity was modified to suit each individual to ensure as many could take part as possible”
(Pictured Right) “Lexie test drives, with a bit of help from her father, a specially adapted bike for wheelchair users at the North Wales Special Educational Needs Outdoor Activity Festival held at Ysgol y Gogarth last week.
The festival is part of the Outdoor Partnership’s Inclusive Adventure programme and was made possible thanks to Big Lottery Funding with support from Anglesey, Conwy & Gwynedd Councils, Welsh Cycling and Disability Sport Wales Regional Officers. Thanks must also go to Ysgol y Gogarth for hosting the festival, enabling us to provide a range of activities on one site. Conwy Rural Leisure team were also an integral part of the smooth running of the festival through taking care of the biking activity along with adapted bikes kindly borrowed from Conwy Free Wheelers Club who are based at Eirias Park.
For more information about the Inclusive Adventure programme and other initiatives the Outdoor Partnership are involved with visit www.outdoorpartnership.co.uk.
June 28 2018
It doesn’t matter if you’re fluent, a learner or just know a few Welsh words, in this module created by the Welsh Language Commissioner, Sport Wales, clubs and sports governing bodies, you’ll be introduced to the benefits of using the Welsh language in your sports club.
June 28 2018
The local community group in Trefriw meet regularly for various organised walks within the region.
The walking group is the lead organiser for the annual Trefriw Walking Festival and were awarded the Walkers are Welcome accreditation in Autumn 2014, an accolade given to towns and villages “with something special to offer walkers”. Trefriw is the only village in the Snowdonia National Park to have such status. Hence we are now Trefriw Walkers are Welcome.
The group is heavily involved with the festival with many of its volunteer walk leaders leading walk across the festival period and are also involved with all other administration needed from marketing and publicity, to fund-raising and maintaining the website, to dealing with insurance and undertaking risk assessments, and much more!!
June 25 2018
Gill Scheltinga is the Chairperson of Trefriw Walking Festival, and was responsible in 2013 for the establishment of this now annual event.
For the first two years the Festival was run under the auspices of Cerdded Conwy Walks, but since 2015 it has been organised and run totally independently. Gill, as the driving force, is now supported by a committee, an enthusiastic and talented team of volunteers who likewise all live in Trefriw.
In 2014 Gill oversaw the awarding of Walkers are Welcome status to the village (Trefriw is the only village in Snowdonia to hold this accreditation) and under this banner she also reintroduced the Trefriw Mill Race - an 11-mile fell race - to the village after an absence of some decades.
Under Gill’s enthusiastic leadership the Walking Festival continues to go from strength to strength, and is now considered to be Snowdonia’s premier walking event; in May 2018 some 250 walkers attended 20 walks during the three-day event, which some regulars described as the best festival to date.
May 11 2018
Pete Rainford Amlwch Canoe Club, he recently averted what could have become a potential incident at sea when he spotted two Sit On Kayak paddlers just off Amlwch, one of which had capsized and was unable to get back on his board.
Pete had just returned from a sea kayaking trip with the Club and used his VHF radio to summon assistance from local fishing boat which operates out of Amlwch. The kayaker was suffering from the onset of hypothermia, the sea temperature on the day was cold as Amlwch Canoe Club can testify as at the end of their trip they practiced deep water re-entries.
He did receive the award a number of years ago for all the work he did putting the Club equipment together as he is our Equipment Officer.
May 09 2018
Following its the success of a 2017 trip with 6 pupils taking part in the first Anglesey Junior Schools Alpine Ski Course, this March we had 11 pupils make their weeks residential visit to Torgon, Switzerland with The Ski Company, supported by the Local Authority’s Outdoor Development Officer, Ceri Jones, and Anglesey Adventure Club Leader and Alpine Ski Course Leader, Jamie Holding.
The Alpine Ski Course is open to all Anglesey Junior Schools Years 5 and 6.
In preparation for the trip the group attended weekly lessons at Llandudno Ski Centre, as well as a visit to the Chill Factore for a 2hr lesson.
Ysgol Cybi, Holyhead, supported by the Head Teach, Mr Roberts, Assistant Head Miss Grieves, the school governors, and parents, saw 8 pupils spend a week at the Goldtest Centre, overlooking the Rhone Valley, on the edge of the Ported du Soleil network, the biggest interlinked international ski area in the world. The group were accompanied by one pupil from Caergeiliog and two pupils from Ysgol San Siôr, Llandudno, made them a group of 11.
Whilst the ski course is based around skiing, with 30 hours over the week at ski school, the learning objectives for the young people are much greater.
During their stay the group were visited by Wales’s number 1 Giant Slalom and Slalom skier, Zac Pierce. Zac has raced for Great Britain and took time out from his training to say hello to the group.
One parent said “I was very nervous as a parent it was my daughters 1st big holiday without us, I needn’t of worried my daughter was well looked after and had a trip she will never forget, she has returned more confident and can’t wait to go again.”
Another parent also said ‘The health benefits are well documented, but the children also benefitted in other ways from their trip. There has been a marked change in our sons self confidence and self-esteem since returning, and he is much more resilient in facing challenges than he may have been previously’
Ceri Jones, Anglesey Outdoor Activities Development officer explained “This is the second year that Anglesey Junior Schools have been invited to take part in the Junior Schools Alpine Ski Course. It was great to see the children learn new skills and make the most of the opportunities available to them, both on and off the slopes. I am hoping that more Anglesey schools will be involved in the 2019 Course with more Anglesey children taking part and benefitting from the experience.”
For further information on The Anglesey Junior Schools Alpine Ski Course 2019 please contact Ceri Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
April 24 2018
Volunteer of the Month for March is John Smith of Merioneth Yacht Club for his dedication in re-shaping the aims of Merioneth Yacht Club as they evolve from traditional yachting to other forms of water based activity.
This involved helping to develop new disciplines such as kayaking and encouraging further developments in existing activities like celtic rowing and dinghy sailing.
John along with other volunteers, has supported the development of local events like the Open Water Swim part of the Barmouth ‘Hurly Burly’ for the 2nd year in 2018, and not forgetting the Mawddach Paddlefest which he helped save from closure a couple of years ago, and is now in its 6th. or 7th. Year!
John has also helped to re-model the Three Peaks Yacht Race this year, as well as helping to set up a possible Life Saving Club as a co-operative effort between MYC, RNLI, Harlech Pool and SLSSW.
He was also responsible for writing the initial grant applications, and the setting up of the Barmouth Harbour community pontoon, John is an active member of the Viaduct Access Group trying to get a new active travel route from Barmouth to the coastal path over the Mawddach - which will enable recreational and sporting events like walking, running and cycling for able bodied and those with additional or assisted needs to access local routes.
April 05 2018
The consultation is seeking views on a proposed vision for sport in Wales. This consultation will close at 5pm on the April 30th 2018.
Visit the website for full details
March 22 2018
The Easter holidays are upon us and come rain or shine people will be heading off for adventures in the great Welsh outdoors! With the launch today of a new pan-Wales campaign we are calling on people to ‘Be Adventure Smart’. Whatever your activity, a few simple things to consider will help your day stay great and ensure that, at the end of the day, you travel home safely, looking forward to your next adventure.
The new website, AdventureSmartWales.com, provides you with all the essential information you need to get outdoors, confident that you have prepared for a great day. Ask yourself three simple questions before you set off:
- Do I have the right gear?
- Do I know what the weather will be like?
- Am I confident I have the knowledge and skills for the day?
From the weather forecast, time of sunset, tide times and lots more practical advice AdventureSmartWales.com will give you the answers you need. You can also check out our three new short films showcasing the wealth of adventures to be had in Wales, highlighting how to be kitted up and in the know to be safe!
If you run a tourism business in Wales we need your help to encourage your customers to enjoy the great Welsh outdoors safely. We have provided a suite of resources and ideas ready for you to use, so please check out our Adventure Smart Wales Toolkit for Businesses
(www.adventuresmartwales.com/toolkit/) and let’s get people out enjoying our coast and countryside!
March 09 2018
The Outdoor Partnership have offered great value and beneficial membership packages for many years, offering its members subsidised coach education, training, mentoring opportunities, advice on funding, offers at local retails and general advice on club structure.
We are currently in the progress of introducing a new membership structure which will include the opportunity for individuals to become members of the charity while clubs have a choice of three levels of packages with a variety of benefits.
For further information on how you can have your say on policy and best practice in outdoor activities in North Wales and want to help raise the profile of outdoor activity opportunities in the region as a Corporate, Voluntary Group or Individual member, click here.
For club membership information, click here.
February 28 2018
Volunteer of the Month for February is Judy Cooper of Clwb Padlo Dysynni. The modest volunteer from the Tywyn area feels a little uncomfortable receiving the award, as she believes that she is very much part of a team of volunteers, that she is very proud to be involved with.
Having said that, the once popular Clwb Padlo Dysynni’s last remaining volunteer coach sadly passed away recently, and following a meeting with the remaining few members about the future of the club, it was Judy that got in touch to resurrect the club. Pulling together people to coach and a committee to govern the club, seeking guidance from the Outdoor Partnership, and trying to source funding, amongst many other roles.
With the help of other volunteers, here are some achievements to date;
• Created new committee
• Developed and updated new policies
• Increased the membership to 27 with a waiting list
• Regular weekly pool sessions October to April ,then weekly outside sessions for the rest of the year
• Developing the paddle power scheme within the club
• Developing the club assistant scheme
• Completed many grant applications for funding , attended meetings ,chasing local council for funding and a clubhouse area.
• Chasing and sourcing equipment ,begged and borrowed
• Trying to increase their pool of coaches
• Developing access arrangements for our outside venues.
• Creating a calendar of events i.e. canoe camp
Every club needs a constant steady focal presence; I guess Judy is that person.
Judy said, “I look forward to suggesting other people for this award in the future, it’s been a busy year but we’ve had great support especially the committee members and the coaches.
We are very fortunate to have a group of amazing young people and supportive parents”
February 21 2018
The Outdoor Partnership are beginning a wide ranging outdoor activity research project in Wales in collaboration with Bangor University and with the support of National Governing Bodies. The aim of the research is to build on our current understanding of participation in and provision of outdoor activities, to identify areas for improvement and to disseminate recommendations.
This research is made up of several parts. A review of existing research on practises, interventions and health-benefits from the outdoor activity sector in Wales and further afield. A survey component, where secondary schools, outdoor activity clubs and providers in Wales are consulted to identify positive interventions, needs and gaps in the sector. From these findings, a series of case studies will be set up to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying issues identified.
How can you help?
If you are involved with an outdoor activity club in Wales that hasn’t been contacted concerning this research you can follow the links below to the survey in Welsh or English. The results from this outdoor activity clubs questionnaire will be particularly important for building a needs-assessment and gap-analysis for different regions in Wales, as well as helping us understand how we can best support clubs moving into the future.
Wales outdoor activity clubs survey
February 19 2018
Snowdonia National Park will again this year be running an exciting project offering opportunities to volunteer on Wales’ highest mountain!
The Snowdonia National Park Authority will be looking to add new volunteers to the Snowdon Volunteer Warden team. Team members will offer a friendly and approachable public face for visitors to Snowdon’s busiest paths, summit and car parks. The role will include providing information, advice and reassurance on route choice and safety on the mountain; keeping the busiest paths free of litter and carrying out basic footpath maintenance work.
This year there will also be opportunities to give advice to walkers on our new ‘information van’ at the foot of some of Snowdon’s footpaths.
Closing Date: 9th of March, 2018
February 15 2018
Disability skiing lessons have been happening at Llandudno Ski Centre, and climbing at Indy Climbing Wall, Llanfair PG. Sessions have been funded by the Isle of Anglesey Activities for People with Disabilities Small Grants Fund.
Disability ski lessons have been running on a Friday afternoon, with the Cymell day care centre taking part in a 10 week skiing course.
10 adults with learning disabilities spend the afternoon at the centre, with support worker also joining in the weekly lesson. The group are progressing well.
Also young people from Ysgol Y Bont have been having indoor climbing session at the Indy Climbing Wall. 12 pupils from Ysgol Y Bont are taking part in weekly climbing session. The team of 12 are taking part in the North Wales Schools Bouldering Competitions.
If you want to find out more about inclusive sessions or other outdoor activities on Anglesey, contact Ceri Jones, Anglesey Outdoor Activity Development Officer
February 05 2018
Steve has been a key member of the planning and creation of the accessible cycling hub in Gwynedd with previous experience in working on similar accessible cycling projects in England.
He has then been a instrumental part in forming Cycle Power Adaptive Cycling Club in Plas Menai. He has a passion for cycling and is present at every club session whether it be leading rides or maintaining the fleet of bikes.
With the support from the Outdoor Partnersship, Gwynedd Council and Disability Sport Wales, Steve has been able to build the clubs membership and recruit new volunteers.
If you’d like more information about Cycle Power Adaptive Cycling Club or are interested in joining Steve as a volunteer at the club, contact Steve on email@example.com
February 05 2018
During 2017 several former members and a number of new rowers were busy re-establishing the club at Moelfre, Anglesey. The club has not been in active for some years, but with the support of the Beaumaris club, the old equipment were gathered together, a new website was established, a new dolly was built for the boat and through the support of a Community Chest grant, a new cover was also purchased.
The club rows every week from Traeth Bychan between Moelfre and Benllech.
It is a fantastic location for watersports due to the shelter from south westerly winds.
With the lifeboat station and village museum, the maritime tradition is strong. Nearby Dulas and Moefre islands provide an array of interesting wildlife.
Group coastal trips around the whole island were organised during the last year, and this year’s aim is to focus on the western coast to complete a circular journey.
Members come from all walks of life but many have connections to the hospital in Bangor.
New members are also welcome. It’s a great way to keep fit and healthy in the outdoors.
Contact us via the website:
January 30 2018
Based in the Dolgellau area, Breeze Coed y Brenin is a Mountain Biking group for women and hold regular rides to suit all abilities.
The group has been running for around 20 months and has proved successful in encouraging women to participate in cycling.
The hub was possible with the close partnership and support with partners like Beics Brenin, Outdoor Partnership and NRW.
Funding from the Outdoor Partnership has enabled the group to train many individuals to deliver and lead cycle outings.
Recently the group has appointed Becky Nokes to be the new North Wales MTB Hub Co-ordinator
Becky is an experienced Mountain Biker and will play a key part in the growth of our women’s hub at Coed y Brenin. Becky will be increasing the number of ride opportunities, plus organising bike maintenance workshops, First Aid and other useful MTB related courses.
Becky explains “Cycling can make so much difference to lives in so many ways. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to help develop the group here at Coed y Brenin and, alongside Gaynor, help provide support, encouragement and a chance to learn new skills to any ladies who join us.”
The group is seeing a real demand for both beginners and intermediate coaching sessions and rides.
Becky is currently undertaking her L2 coaching course and will be looking to run women’s only coaching sessions and rides.
With the success of the 2017 Temtiwr women’s only event, planning is now underway to make the 2018 event even bigger. We are working with local partners to deliver a weekend packed full of activities for women.
Keep an eye on our website and social media for information on events and cycle rides.
If you would like to know more about the Breeze project in your area, contact Becky on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07971 825225
To find out more about regional cycling development and opportunities, contact Gaynor Davis Women and Girls Development Officer North Wales on email@example.com 07710 022670
January 23 2018
We are looking for volunteers to help at The Anglesey Schools Bouldering Competition, Indy Climbing Wall, Llanfairpwll, on Tuesday 6th February 2018.
The Competition will see 20 teams compete for their space in the North Wales Schools Bouldering Final on Wednesday 28th February.
We are looking for volunteers to help on Tuesday 6th February at the Indy Climbing Wall. 9.30am to 2pm. Please let me know if you are able to help. Your support is very much appreciated.
Please can I ask that you share this email with anyone who might be interested in volunteering on the day.
If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact myself.
The Final will be held at the Indy Climbing Wall, Llanfairpwll, Wednesday 28th February, 10am to 2pm. If you are available to help again at the Final please let me know.
January 21 2018
Our new programme for individuals over 25 who are unemployed in Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey
January 14 2018
We have some exciting news for you! The Outdoor Partnership’s inclusive adventure programme is a registered Co-op cause. We want to establish sustainable outdoor activity opportunities for disabled children and young people and their carers and families.
What does this mean?
Every time you shop at the Co-op a share of 1% of your spend will go towards projects in your area.
You can also register your co-op membership account so that the complete 1% of the share goes direct to the Outdoor Partnership
Its only a few simple steps, If you are already a member, all you need is your membership card and follow the onscreen instructions.
Current Balance raised is £21.02
Not yet a member?
Visit your local store or register online for only £1. The benefit is that you also get 5% back on Co-op branded products
More information here
November 12 2017
Judy has been a member of Colwyn Canoe Club for 6 years. She is an active volunteer and has a passion for Sea Paddling. She has recently been working alongside OP mentors to develop new volunteers for the club.
This year she has gained BCU 3 star Sea and Paddlesport leader award qualifications. Working towards Sea Leader award (the old 4 star sea) .
She has also been trying to encourage women to get out sea paddling.
June 02 2017
Manja has worked tirelessly for 18 months with the NWSSC. She has the unenviable task of finding and organizing instructors for all club sessions. She is usually the commentator for the races and sorts paperwork
Manja is on hand to help with most club sessions and is ensures that queries, bookings and phone calls to the club get answered. A well-deserved volunteer of the Month at the end of a busy ski season for the club
May 15 2017
Alan is one of the founder members of Clwb Mynydda Môn and was instrumental in its establishment. He has served as treasurer for the club since the beginning and it is in no small part because of his attention to detail in maintaining the club’s finances and his success in securing grant funding that the club continues to flourish. Having been a keen climber in his youth, Alan has returned to climbing after a period away from the sport. He brings with him knowledge and experience and a calm style of encouraging less experienced members.
April 06 2017
Simon is a founder member of Conwy Sea Rowers. We received Community Club of the year 2 years ago and we have achieved Insport Silver.
Simon puts in a huge amount of effort and hours behind the scenes to ensure the club runs well and all rowers are safe and have fun out on the water.
Inclusivity is a major driving force and Simon has designed and made a unique set up to take para- rowers which has never been done before with the Celtic Longboats, this in addition to running all the weekly sessions. He is very selfless and will often drop out of races/sessions in order to cox or stand down so a rowing member can step in and have the experience.
Simon holds the post of Chairman and Saftety Officer within the club, organises sessions and delivers the necessary coaching along with all the preparation for sessions (moving boats/collating gear and people!) and of course the maintenance of the boats/trailers and equipment!
March 15 2017
Wendy is a long-time member of Amlwch Canoe Club, she is always willing to help anyone and has frequently transported kayaks on the roof of her car for those that don’t have a roof rack.
She volunteers to be the shuttle car driver even on trips that she is not paddling on.
Wendy supports all our meetings, pool sessions etc. she is always willing to learn new skills and is an integral member of Amlwch CC.
March 07 2017
Simon is a founder member of Clwb Mynydda Mon on Anglesey. The club started after some climbing taster sessions and Simon was one of a small group who were keen to keep the club going. The club is affiliated to the BMC and offers weekly indoor climbing sessions and regular outdoor trips and events. Simon is a club committee member, holds his Climbing Wall Award (CWA) and is currently working towards his Single Pitch Award (SPA) and Mountain Leader Award (ML) so he can help introduce new members to the activities.