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Step-Out Outdoor Learning, Training and Therapy C.I.C trading as Step-Out, Company Registration No 07868880

Registered Office:

6 Mount Pleasant

Aldington, Ashford,

Kent, TN25 7ND                            Website Terms & Conditions | Cookie Policy | Privacy Policy

a community interest company providing Forest School services in Kent

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The Executive

About us

We are a team of people that place a high value on our woodland environment.


We believe that our forests should be accessible to all people.


We believe that we need to take responsibility for our woodland environment by using it wisely and with integrity.


And we believe in low impact.  So all of our staff uniform - t-shirts and sweatshirts - are made from organic Fairtrade cotton.  All the food we use on sessions is, as far is possible, sourced from local butchers and bakers.  We will always try to use Fairtrade products.


Do you prefer to spend your money buying from a business that has society and the environment at its heart?  We do.  This is why Step-Out is a Community Interest Company (C.I.C).


A C.I.C is a business that trades to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment - a way of doing business that puts people and the planet first.


C.I.C's exist to make a difference to the communities where they work. They get their money through trade, just like a normal business, but the money they make is reinvested back into the communities where it is earned.


C.I.C's can’t sell out to big business, so they can focus on making their communities better places to live and work. They often work alongside the community to design the services they provide, making sure that people’s needs are really met.


What a refreshing change!

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About Sarah

Sarah Robertshaw (APIOL) is founder and director of Step-Out.  Sarah is an Accredited Practioner with the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL), has worked for the Forestry Commission for over 10 years leading the Forest School Community Team and the Wyre Forest Training Centre. She is a forest school trainer, an IOL foundational bushcraft competency certificated practitioner and sits as a member of the Bushcraft SIG on the Executive Committee, is a qualified teacher (holding the Certificate of Education), counsellor (Advanced Diploma) and reality therapist.


Sarah has led workshops at several National conferences including Forest School conferences and the IOL National Conference.


Her real passion is working with people, especially the hard to reach.  She has developed programmes for many different groups of people including adult groups, the very young with Mum and/or Dad, pupil referral units for those with challenging behaviours, mental health issues, home educated young people, family centres, those involved in domestic violence and mainstream educated students of all ages.


Through Step-Out, Sarah continues her work of developing and helping people, using the outdoors as a medium for challenge and change in people’s lives.

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