Outdoor People is a social enterprise, based in Hackney, on a mission to make getting outdoors easy for everyone and especially children and families.
We help people get outdoors by supporting families, working with schools, doing research and campaigning AND we have a great community shop!
We build community around the idea that going outdoors everyday is as important as getting a good night’s sleep. We acknowledge everyone's experience of accessing and being a part of nature is unique to them. As a community, we overcome our barriers to getting outdoors at each other's own pace.
If you are passionate about nature connection and outdoor play. If our local green spaces, nature, biodiversity and being a part of nature are important to you. If you are an Outdoor Person. We'd love to hear from you!
Here's how you can get involved...
Outdoor People Community Shop
Our community shop in Hackney is a great place to meet people! Volunteering in our community shop is a hybrid role between shop assistant and community work. From chatting to people about the outdoor adventures and supporting them find the gear that will work for them, to sharing top tips to help parents and carers get outdoors with their children more, to hosting events, to stock-taking... There's plenty to get involved in and plenty of opportunity to develop your skills whilst volunteering in our magical little shop!
Family Wild Walks
Family Wild Walks - adventures for children to take their adults on! - are community walks exploring our local green spaces. Whether it’s the comfortable set of waterproofs, where to go, who to go with, how to make it fun, feeling safe and welcome, our Family Wild Walks supports families to get outdoors more.
Do you have a walk you love to go on with children? Share it with us!
Are you interested in organising your own Wild Walk or supporting our regular community Wild Walks? Or become a Wild Walk Buddy and get to know another family in your area by committing to meet up regularly and go on an adventure together!
We support families to go on their first ever camping trip with friends and families in our community to Green Farm Kent in the school holidays. On this trip families learn how to put up a tent and cook over a camping stove and have the time to relax, play, meet the farm animals, explore the woodland and (most importantly) climb trees!
Do you love camping? From facilitating play sessions and workshops, to proofing camping gear and pitching tents, to cooking over a campfire - join our wonderful community in Fairyland at Green Farm Kent.
We encourage parents and carers who enjoy camping (and feel quite confident camping with their family) to sign up as volunteers and bring your children along too!
Fancy supporting us from home?
Are you interested in developing your grant-writing and fundraising skills? Work alongside the Outdoor People team to apply for funding to continue the work we do!
Are you creative? A writer? A social media whizz? Fancy gaining more experience with copywriting or social media? We have so many creative ideas - from blog posts to family activity sheets to campaigns - and we'd love to hear your ideas too!
And if all that weren't enough, there's also plenty of opportunity to get involved in our research projects, campaigns or help us organise events! Have an idea? We'd love to hear it!
Our community is representative of and celebrates Hackney's diverse communities. We welcome people from all backgrounds, abilities and lived experiences. We are LGBTQ+ friendly. It is our priority to ensure that we offer inclusive volunteering opportunities. We will work with you to ensure you are supported to participate, learn and thrive.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Outdoor People, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register your interest in volunteering, fill out this form!
Would you like to be involved but you're not yet sure how? Fill in the form and we'll be in touch to chat about volunteering with Outdoor People and support you to find the role for you.