National Outdoors for All Working Group

This page is the home of the National Outdoors for All Working Group

The NOfAWG is a national (England-wide) network bringing together the environmental and voluntary organisations delivering or co-ordinating the delivery of services to people living in deprived areas, the elderly, those with physical or mental health disabilities and people from black and minority ethnic communities to ensure opportunity for all to the natural environment.

The purpose of the Working Group is to:-

  1. to commission robust evidence  of the need and priorities for access (in all its forms) to the natural environment, and barriers to access, for people living in deprived areas, the elderly, those with physical or mental health disabilities, and people from black and minority ethnic  communities.
  2. to design innovative projects to improve the provision of existing access services or deliver new services
  3. to help build new delivery partnerships and, test and evaluate new delivery models.
  4. to secure funding for evidence programmes or to implement delivery projects.
  5. to help improve the impact, reach and quality of access services for the diversity sector, striving to achieve consistency of provision across the country.
  6. to share good practice across the diversity sector and celebrate success

The Working Group is an advisory group and has no executive authority. Natural England  facilitate meetings and provide the Working Group with a secretariat to help coordinate and manage the Working Group’s day-to-day work.

The Working Group  comprises representatives from:-

  • From the environment sector – (both voluntary and community sector and public sector) National Trust, Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, FACE, Campaign for National Parks, National Parks England and National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Canals and Rivers Trust, RSPB, Woodland Trust, Groundwork UK, The Conservation Volunteers, Outdoors Industries Association, Learning Through Landscapes, Sensory Trust, the Ramblers, Garden Organic.
  • Natural England, Defra, Forestry Commission, Historic England, Environment Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund, Public Health England, Cambridgeshire LNP, Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • From the diversity/disability sector – Care Farming UK, Disability Rights UK, MIND, Age UK, Riding for the Disabled, Disabled Ramblers, Fieldfare Trust, Black Environment Network, Living Space project, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Dementia Adventure, Phoenix Futures.

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