Specialist provider of DofE expeditions to schools and other organisations running DofE Awards
Covid-19 expedition information
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What we offer
We can either run the entire training and expedition for you or just provide Instructors and Assessors as required.
Rob is our Business Director. During his professional life he has advised hundreds of firms from large multinationals to entrepreneurial ventures. He brings many years of experience in running projects, managing risk and delivering effective solutions.
Nic developed her love of the outdoors from an early age and went on to do her DofE Gold expedition in Norway and then to lead several expeditions in Britain and abroad. She leads ‘Forest School’ style outdoor activities in various schools.
Wildside Outdoors was founded by Rob Balchin and Nicola Hayes.
Between them they realised they shared not only a love of the outdoors, but a passion for introducing young people to the benefits of outdoor adventure activities. They decided to pool their skill sets, bringing together an excellence in running processes and organisations, years of experience in coaching and developing young people, and a want to do things better – Wildside Outdoors was born.
Wildside Outdoors is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to inspire growth in young people through adventure.
We are a DofE Approved Activity Provider for Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE expeditions
Our outdoor activities are provided with a focus on building the resilience and well-being of young people. Our instructors continually seek participant feedback which is critical for enhancing teamwork and building confidence.
We are here not for profit
As a not-for-profit organisation we offer our activities at a competitive cost as well as investing in our combined social aims of increasing access to great outdoor experiences for all and encouraging mental well-being through those experiences.