Why us?


Develop Outdoors is a Community Interest Company. We offer a range of community-based services to combat loneliness and isolation and discover and learn new skills.

We work with children, young people, and families. We work with young people and encourage them to get outside and discover the green spaces around them. We deliver Alternative Nurturing Provision to support education and personal development opportunities.

We deliver accredited training courses for Alternative Education Provision in East Sussex & Brighton & Hove. This is qualification led provision for very small groups of Key Stage 3 & 4 students on a whole year, 1,2 or 3 day per week programme.

We believe that the balance of attending the provision part-time enables young people that need it a ‘respite’ from mainstream education while still continuing their learning journey. A relationship with school and education is still maintained relationship to support them in the transition back to school or move on to further education/work opportunities.

The provision is purchased by schools and agencies. We also provide spot purchased, one to one education provision for excluded children.

Through the school holidays and weekends, we also provide creative activities and Forest Schools for groups of children aged 5 – 14 years


Like many small and new businesses Develop Outdoors struggled through the Covid lockdowns but has now bounced back and the demand for services is increasing. There are also increasing opportunities to expand the work of the company into activities and services that fulfil the original mission of working closely with the local community people, groups and clubs and the local authorities

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We want to use community-based activities to enrich and improve the lives of others, and to provide inclusive services accessible to all members of the community, especially for marginalised and under-represented groups in the Saltdean to Seaford coastal strip area. We’re dedicated to creating opportunities for all, such as developing volunteering programmes and employment for local people within our services


Growing and nurturing every part of a young person’s development. Not just the intellectual but creative, emotional, moral and spiritual

Respectful, safe and inclusive learning environments that support pupils with wide ranging social, emotional and mental health needs. We aim to build strong, friendly and respectful relationships between young people and the Tutors they engage with.

Opportunities to develop new skills, and participate in new experiences and activities as well as support in finding pathways for next steps in the future

Well-being and self care. We aim to support the social, emotional and mental health needs of each of our students.  From activities to help boost confidence and self-belief as well as developing a belief in equality and respect for all.


Staff with the right attitude and skills set forms the basis of the success that we have with the young people that we work with. The way we deliver our alternative educational services is very different from mainstream provision. It takes not just a technical skills-set, but also a commitment to asset-based learning, focussing on the strengths that students bring and their own starting point. 

If you are passionate about helping others to achieve and become the best versions of themselves and looking for a new challenge then please contact us for an application form…

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Our daughter is in Year 9 with ASC and ADHD and has attended Develop Outdoors for 9 months as a ‘2 day a week’ alternative provision from her secondary school.

She is on the ‘Room To Bloom’ course and she absolutely loves it! She really enjoys the variety of different activities they do – including an introduction to bushcraft; budgeting and cooking a meal; designing and making a bird feeder and learning about first aid and CPR. Every session is different and the small group setting with a low demand, non-pressurised approach to learning is perfect for her. Functional Maths and English skills are also covered.

She really feels understood, nurtured and liked by the staff there, and we really appreciate the time and effort they take to make her feel as though her contribution is really valued. As a young person who experiences high anxiety and is reluctant to leave her room at times, it is fantastic to see her getting up and ready early each day, keen to be there on time and to know that she will be either out in the community or doing Forest School activities outdoors with other young people.

In addition, she was recently delighted to be presented with a folder full of AQA Unit Award Scheme certificates that she has successfully completed in her time at Develop Outdoors. This was a huge boost to her self-confidence and self-esteem and the certificates evidence the huge breadth of learning covered throughout the year.

She has benefitted so much from her time at Develop Outdoors and has decided to continue onto the ‘Life Course’ for KS4, which will be 3 days a week from September. We are delighted to have found a setting so well suited to our daughter’s needs and would recommend them without hesitation.

Head Teacher

“Develop Outdoors has made such a difference to the young people they have worked with. In some cases, this has been a short-term intervention which has supported them at a difficult time, for others it has led to the gaining of qualifications and a pathway into college courses. Develop Outdoors staff care about young people and work beside them to bring out their strengths.”

Jackie & Dave

We cannot thank Develop Outdoors enough; they have changed our grandsons life. He was a young man that sat in his room, refusing to engage with anything other than gaming and eating beige food for the last two years, he barely left the house and walked less than 300 steps a day until he met Yolandi. 

She has changed his life working with him on a 1:1 basis for 6months improving his physical and mental health, trying new foods and completing academic work. He was then introduced to group sessions with other young people who struggled and a team of staff that have really looked after him. 

He has thrived in this group making friends, becoming independent on public transport, passing exams, enjoying life,  and the outdoors which is something that he has always hated. He enjoys cooking and socialising and we are hoping that he will now achieve his goal and become employed where he has completed many hours of work experience supported by the Develop outdoors team.


Lou & Mike

To Yolandi, Not only are you an amazing support mentor coach and friend to our son ( who adores you), you are such an amazing support and friend to us all too!  He has come on so much since spending time with you at Develop outdoors. You’ve broadened his mind. He’s talking about the future and has aspirations now, he is so happy and settled. Thank you

Ideas for Improving Facilities, Opportunities & Dreams

Multi-use Games Area (MUGA)
Telscombe Fields

Develop Outdoors made an application for CIL funding to Lewes District Council to develop a caged MUGA on Telscombe Fields, an open area at the top of Telscombe, with one basketball ring and some tarmac.

The area is covered in smashed alcohol bottles, litter, dog poo and is not safe for anyone. By investing and working togeth to attra ct further funding we proposed having a caged MUGA with solar powered lighting which would be available for groups to use and allow us to help develop, provide some local sporting opportunities to disadvantaged groups .

We have been in consultation with parent networks regarding services for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The havens have the highest number of neuro-diverse children in the county and parents have agreed that sports and active pursuits that welcome their children would provide opportunities that are currently not available and would help develop self-confidence and a sense of belonging for the children and families.

We have also consulted with the local dog walkers group and park users, who feel that having resources, structured activties , more benches and places to sit and a greater usage will improve their sense of safety in the park. The MUGA will be used as a stand-alone facility.

But if we allow ourselves to DREAM BIG how amazing would it be to supplement it with a Sports & Creative Arts complex which could be the home to many under represented groups a place where Neurodiverse can be themselves, girls can play any sports, boys that want to sing and dance with no judgement. A pathway joining the towns up which has a cycle lane, allowing families to cycle safely from town to town. A space to work intergenerationally , media & creative arts, where a community is built, job opportunities in a café for young and old alike. Quality providers wanting to come and offer their services improving the local offer and opportunities for residents between Saltdean and Seaford

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