Author Archives: Anita Kerwin-Nye

Adventure Mind

By | February 13, 2020

We have a mental health crisis in the UK. We believe that adventurous activity can play a significant role in alleviating this problem for various sectors of society. Already there exists an experienced community of outdoor professionals, researchers and adventure organisations that see the benefit of adventurous activity on people of all ages and backgrounds everyday. This conference is designed to equip you with the latest research, improved networks and shared resources, to increase the impact and effectiveness of your work.

Accessing landscapes – the Glover challenge

By | February 6, 2020

I was fortunate to be at a presentation on the Glover Review with input from the review lead himself. Much to like. And – as someone who leads on access and inclusion – the call to action to make ensure that public assets – the National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – are truly ‘for all’ was welcome. But when asked a question on how to open access the panel were heartfelt in their desire to affect change but limited on the solutions.

National EVC Conference

By | February 3, 2020

Following the success of our first EVC conference in 2019 we return with a bigger and better programme. To be held on the 15th June 2020 at the Wellcome Trust in London.
This year’s event focuses on setting the STAGE for educational visits. We will take you on a journey as an EVC looking at the needs for educational visits.

What’s the Point of Education?

By | February 3, 2020

For much of human history, education has served an important purpose – to provide us with tools to survive. But, should survival be the extent of young people’s life aspirations today?
In October’s Big Education Conversation in Cambridge (‘How Can We Better Prepare Young People for Their Future?), we recognised that teaching ‘soft skills’ and harnessing interests and talents in a more ‘learner-centric’ approach helps develop more well-rounded individuals, who are better equipped for adulthood.
Yet traditional institutions still teach old fashioned curricular to new generations, often resulting in poor outcomes.
In this second edition of the Big Education Conversation, Smiley Movement has once again teamed up with National Leader of Education Rachel Snape and Whole Education, to look at the bigger picture of education.

Women In The Hills

By | February 3, 2020

The Lost Voices: Launching the Women In The Hills Research Network
Nature Writing has never been so urgent. Writings about landscape, animals and climate interrogate how humans interact with the natural world, and influence our behaviour. But since its emergence as a genre in the late eighteenth century, nature-writing has arguably been dominated by the voice of the ‘lone, enraptured male’. In this period of climate emergency, we need to hear different voices, articulating the diversity of experiences, values, and meanings attached to the natural world – and suggesting new models for the relationship between humanity and nature.

Residentials – unlocking the potential

By | January 9, 2020

As we enter 2020 I have set a resolution across all of my work to ensure every child gets a residential experience – at least once at primary age and once at secondary. In truth these experiences should be annual – whether through schools, youth work or other routes – but let’s start small (ish).

Working, as a parent of a disabled child – the supersized juggle

By | January 4, 2020

When our third child is weeping with anxiety, clinging to the banisters and begging us to not to send him to school today our hearts break. For him and his pain. For his siblings now late. For the school that he loves and is doing such a good job helping him manage his panic attacks. But also, the thought that goes through our heads is less generous but just as vital – panic as we start to rearrange our day where one or both of us will be either late or off work.


By | November 22, 2019

‘Hard to reach’. ‘Disadvantaged’. ‘Lacking aspiration’. ‘Poverty of ambition’. Bored. Bored of the stereotypes. The judgements and the deficit model. The lazy assumptions about communities by postcodes. My boys playing in the garden of one of those postcodes. The house… Read More »

A free pass for families

By | October 22, 2019

I love the National Trust. Kids ran riot in several of their properties over the summer (sorry). And I was struck by their inclusion in this pretty sensible list of money saving tips for children’s holiday adventures.
Indeed, National Trust and other membership schemes can present great value. Below are some examples of passes that could be included in list. This makes no statement about how family friendly they are or the value they present. But for many – regardless of value per visit – they are still unaffordable.