Eòlas Outdoor Learning is a Community Interest Company whose aim is to deliver meaningful, educational and fulfilling outdoor experiences to individuals of all ages who are disadvantaged through either social or emotional circumstances.
Our activities are designed to teach new practical skills as well as to nurture an understanding and respect for the natural world and to harness its naturally therapeutic benefits. We are confident that our sessions will help participants to become more resilient, self-confident and achieve a greater sense of self-worth.
Eòlas Outdoor Learning also deliver training courses to other outdoor learning practitioners to develop and enhance their own proficiency, including the many hands-on practical skills linked with delivering successful forest school programmes and the use of technology and photography as learning tools.
Providing high quality forest school programmes which enhance relational development, increase resilience and confidence, and support learning through enjoyable and fulfilling activities.
Inspiring participants to explore and engage with natural habitats by utilising a range of activities that will develop an awareness and respect for the woodland environment and provide beneficial results.
Equipping professionals from the education and early learning and childcare sectors with practical skills through cost-effective training courses and skill-sharing opportunities.
Scott Jones is the founder of Eòlas Outdoor Learning and has been delivering outdoor learning opportunities since 2002. Scott qualified as a Forest School practitioner in 2009 and since then, has worked extensively with learners of all ages and abilities, including children and young adults with additional support needs and groups and individuals from areas of multiple deprivation.
Going back a few more years, Scott graduated in Glasgow as a biologist in 1984 and initially worked as a scientific officer with the NHS after which he completed a successful 30-year career in the police service retiring in 2017. During those years he gained extensive and wide-ranging experience and qualifications in an array of specialised disciplines, many of which are relevant to his current role.
Scott has combined his lifelong outdoor passion and his desire to help others by providing programmes and courses to numerous clients over the years including Scottish Natural Heritage, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Forestry, NHS (Scotland), Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, Capability Scotland and a large number of schools in several authority areas.