For information about starting up new groups, in the first instance, please contact us.
The Outdoor & Woodland Learning Manager Scotland is available to give support and guidance with setting up and running a local group. We can supply display panels for public events, OWL Scotland flyers and give advice on funding. Other local OWL groups can also be a useful source of information and advice.
If you decide to start a local OWL group:
- contact us and discuss your ideas
- arrange a local meeting
- invite all people who may be interested in developing outdoor learning locally
- decide on a common aims for the group, based on local available resources and expertise - it is important to ensure that your group has a sound basis and useful resources to offer before starting to promote its existence
- formally create the group by constituting the group and electing officers (this process may take more than one meeting)
- All local OWL groups must have a signed constitution and a completed administration form, before they are eligible to apply fo Funding.
- if you wish to apply for funding you will need to open a bank account. We advise four signatories with all cheques/transactions signed by two of the four
Useful Tips and Hints
- Hold meetings regularly according to the projects you are running (some groups meet once a month, others twice a year)
- Be ready to respond to enquiries (have a named lcoal contact)
- Update your web page entry
- Liaise with other groups
- Keep us informed - we will advise you on administration requirements (minutes, accounts, website etc.)
Draft constitutions and all necessary documentation can be supplied by the OWL Scotland Manager.