Building Confidence through Walking and Exploring the Landscape (Summer)

Ref: C3528195

The planning and mapping of 11 walks which are then undertaken and led by the learners. The course will span over 11 sessions, commencing with an introduction to map reading and planning a route, with a short walk on the first session. Further sessions will be split into planning and then walking the route. The course will start from pick up points in Banwell, Weston-super-Mare, Worle, Congresbury, Yatton and Clevedon where the planning takes place. The group will then be taken to the start of the walk and the walks will be circular from there. The group will have the opportunity to use many of the footpaths in the surrounding area including the West Mendip Way. The paths are on the edge of the Mendips so include inclines, declines, wooded areas, fields with livestock, footpaths, bridleways and lanes.

Additional information about this course

This is a targeted course aimed at students who are experiencing social isolation and/or who have mental health issues. For further information please contact Phil Lyons on 0117 9166511. Students will be invited to contribute on a voluntary basis towards the cost of materials. NB First session starts at 9.45am for induction and orientation.

Course aim

To develop team working and self esteem through walking and orienteering in an environment that supports personal development and therapy.

Who is the course for?

This is a targeted course aimed at students who are experiencing social isolation and/or who have mental health issues. For further information please contact Phil Lyons on 0117 9166511.

What topics will this course cover

The group will have the opportunity to use many of the footpaths in the surrounding area including the West Mendip Way. The paths are on the edge of the Mendips so include inclines, declines, wooded areas, fields with livestock, footpaths, bridleways and lanes. Students will learn how to read a map and have a chance to find out more about the local landscape. It will suit students who lack self-confidence and have low self-esteem who wish to work in a group and benefit from an environment where support within the team is high, as well as those who wish to learn more about the rural environment by experiencing walking within the countryside or those who simply wish to increase their levels of fitness by regular walking, which can then be continued after the course.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Understand the principles behind basic map reading Follow a walking route from a map Orientate themselves using a map and compass Feel some confidence in their ability to achieve given tasks

How will I know I'm making progress?

Questions and answer sessions Visual assessment of the viability of planned route Group discussions and feedback from group

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

No

Reading and information sources

No

What could the course lead to?

Further confidence building courses Further outdoor courses, e.g. Building Confidence through Bushcraft and Rural Skills or Gardening for Wellbeing Conservation volunteering Further map reading courses Join a Ramblers Group Volunteers Walking leader training

Download full course outline

Building Confidence through Walking and Exploring the Landscape (Summer) Course Outline

Is this course right for me? Request more information

You can only enrol in person on the course.

Please call 0845 4582758 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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