What we're about

In 2009, Explorer & Campaigner Belinda Kirk (http://belindakirk.com/) established Explorers Connect as a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to help people live more adventurously. Belinda is the leading campaigner for an #AdventureRevolution (https://www.explorersconnect.com/adventurerevolution)

Set up originally as a way for explorers and adventurers to recruit new teammates for expeditions, people quickly let Belinda know that they would like to go on adventures with her, and so she started setting up adventures herself. Nowadays, every adventure that we run has been carefully crafted to reflect Belinda's original vision, standards, and ethos.

WHAT WE DO

1) We extend people's comfort zones

We run a variety of affordable adventures (https://www.explorersconnect.com/join-an-adventure) that are carefully curated and crafted to (safely) extend peoples' comfort zones, as we believe that is where the magic happens:

• People discover just what they are capable of, which has the power to transform lives and inspire others.

• People learn new skills that improve self sufficiency and increase their ability to appreciate the outdoors on their own

• People experience new locations and experiences that broaden their horizons, and make them more comfortable with uncertainty (e.g. cold weather / night experiences).

2) We are a strong and friendly community

We nurture a long-standing and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts (https://www.explorersconnect.com/members), where people quickly find new friends to do all the stuff they love with. We foster an environment wherein:

• You can be yourself: We actively celebrate individuality, and do not stand for 'cliqueyness' or coolness in any shape or form. Our hosts and partners actively ensure everyone is included in conversations who wants to be.

• Everyone is treated as adults and equals: It's a muck-in environment, where group decisions are actively encouraged. It's all about empowerment.

3) We are a thought-leader in adventure-for-wellbeing

We believe we spend too much time indoors, stifled by convenience and comfort, and it's killing us, impacting our auto-immune systems and causing numerous mental health problems. We actively raise awareness of, and conversation around, the positive impacts of adventure on mental, physical and emotional well being.

Alongside our adventures, we run a range of other initiatives to encourage people to live more adventurously:

• In 2016, we founded Wild Night Out (https://www.explorersconnect.com/wild-night-out) - Britain's National Night of Adventure - and now partner with the YHA, Ordnance Survey, and Ellis Brigham (amongst many others) to deliver it, in order to raise funds for the Youth Adventure Trust.

• We run a 'Join A Team (https://www.explorersconnect.com/join-a-team)' platform, for explorers and adventurers to find teammates to join them on expeditions around the world.

• We host regular Adventure Talks (https://www.explorersconnect.com/get-inspired) in Bristol and London, with a range of inspiring speakers, to ensure our community remains inspired during their city-bound workaday week.

• We also manage an Adventure Jobs Portal (http://www.adventureindustrypro.com/) where employers from across the globe advertise vacancies within the adventure industry.

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ADVENTURE REVOLUTION

At Explorers Connect we believe adventure is a necessity of the human spirit. The modern world has become too easy, too averse to challenge and too disconnected from nature. This is having a negative effect on our physical and mental health. What we need is an #AdventureRevolution

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We have groups all around Britain so all our events fill up and will run. We don't use Meetup much so don't be put off if there are small numbers here we get an average of 20 people on each weekend (max 24).

If you've not come on an Explorers Connect event yet, they're very informal and friendly. We've got singles, couples and sets of friends coming along, as well as adventure professionals and complete beginners - what we all share is the desire for more adventure.

Our main website www.explorersconnect.com (http://www.explorersconnect.com/) has lots more information on us and the adventures we offer!

You can also get to know us and our community on our social channels:

http://www.facebook.com/ExplorersConnect

@explorerstweet

belinda@explorersconnect.com

Upcoming events (5)

Mental Health First Aid for the Outdoors

Bristol

This brand new, unique mental health first aid course has been designed specifically for people who work in an outdoors environment, when sensitive situations demand an immediate response. Duration: 1 day | Location: Bristol | Price: from £125 For more information and to book your space, head to: https://www.explorersconnect.com/mental-health-first-aid-for-the-outdoors OVERVIEW Early intervention of mental ill health can help to slow down or stop a mental health problem and lead to a faster recovery. With this unique new course accredited by the Institute of Outdoor Learning, you will build the confidence to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. Mental Health First Aid won’t teach you to be a therapist, but - just like physical first aid - it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. We are very excited to be bringing this unique course to the outdoor industry, to help adventurers and outdoor professionals to recognise the early signs of a mental health problem and to give you the confidence and knowledge to help - in the moment - whether it be on top of a mountain or in a remote lodge, far from the nearest hospital. The course will cover how to preserve life where a person may be at risk of harm to themselves or others, how to prevent the mental health issue from becoming more serious before professional help arrives, and how to provide comfort to a person with a mental health issue. This course is accredited by the Institute of Outdoor Learning and completion will count towards 8hrs of CPD (continued professional development). For more information and to book your space, head to: https://www.explorersconnect.com/mental-health-first-aid-for-the-outdoors

Remote First Aid Training Course

Bristol

If you're looking to be more confident in the outdoors, would like to know what to do in an emergency or simply looking to revalidate your first aid qualification for NGB awards, this hands-on training course delivering a 16hr Certificate in Outdoor First Aid is perfect for you. Duration: 2 days Location: Bristol Price: from £149 OVERVIEW This practical, scenario based qualification is designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate assistance (more than 30 mins) in the remote and rural regions of the UK. This course is recognised throughout the UK and is the course of choice for experienced practitioners who use the outdoors. It is suitable for workers in rural and remote settings and will maintain the license to practice for those with Outdoor National Governing Body Instructor awards. Topics include roles & responsibilities, dealing with collapse (with and without breathing), choking, bleeding, shock, torso and limb injuries, environmental effects, heat and cold injuries, using first aid kit, outdoor specific scenarios and outdoor incident management, answering queries such as when or how to remove boots, helmets and looking after a casualty for some hours. This qualification is designed to provide outdoor incident management skills. Typical delivery methods are predominantly practical, with elements occurring out of doors in outdoor clothing and on various terrains. The course is assessed by continual observation of candidate performance. The two-day (16 hour) course draws on the most recent peer-reviewed evidence for the initial treatment of injuries and illnesses in remote areas. As such, some protocols would not be appropriate in an urban setting. Course content is based on current guidelines published by: UK Resuscitation Council, American Heart Association, Wilderness Medical Society and currently accepted guidance and best-practice from advisory bodies and published evidence for the treatment of First Aid in a remote or wilderness context. Designed expressly for those who work or play off far from help, this course satisfies the criteria for First Aid training for all Outdoor NGB qualifications including MLT, British Canoeing, Canoe Wales, NCLA, and RYA. Find out more and book your space: www.explorersconnect.com/remote-first-aid-training

Adventure Writing Workshop

Bristol

On this bespoke two-day course, international adventure writer, broadcaster and media expert Belinda Dixon will show you how to use words to capture and communicate your adventure stories... whether big, small or anywhere in between. Duration: 2 days Location: Bristol Price: From £184 Great adventures need great storytelling. Using words well helps convey the experience and helps people connect - with the writer, the cause, the activity, the place. These kinds of connections might prompt editors to commission your work, people to follow you, and brands to bring you on board. This hands-on workshop will see you distilling your adventures into sentences that sing, exploring adventure writing techniques and developing your craft - focusing on things like audience, emotive words, narrative structure, dialogue, jeopardy and more. It'll cover the techniques to harness your story and avoid editors' pet hates. It’ll consider what you want your words to do – whether you want brands to back you, to inspire people to join your tribe, or just evoke how utterly extraordinary your adventure is. Whether you're a newbie writer or creative professional, this course will help you find your style... and take the leap. For more information and to book your place: www.explorersconnect.com/adventure-writing-workshop

Expedition Leadership Course

Bristol

Make a life-changing step and join other like-minded people to learn the hard and soft skills needed to lead expeditions and find out how to get a job in the adventure industry. Duration: 2 days Location: Bristol Price: from £199 OVERVIEW The training course is designed to be a launch pad - by the end you'll have gained vital new skills and also be more informed about the next steps to take to deliver your own expeditions from start to finish. We're expecting that you'll already have an interest in and be active in the outdoors (either professionally or personally) however as for every EC adventure no particular experience is necessary, just an open mind and appetite for learning! The course is particularly designed for: - People who want to lead their own expeditions or overseas fieldwork projects (professionally or personally) - Leaders who have worked in the outdoors (e.g. military or outdoor education) and want to move across into expedition work - People who have participated in an expedition as a team member and are interested in getting to the next stage - Anyone who wants to develop their expedition skills The course covers the following major areas: Expedition planning Expedition leadership Working in the expedition industry Connecting to sponsors and the media Meeting others in your position Find more information and book your space: www.explorersconnect.com/expedition-leadership-course

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