To encourage the kind of change needed, OUTO launched its Changemaker Programme. A first cohort of 10 OUTO Changemakers from across the UK received expert-led masterclasses, peer mentoring, business coaching and skilled consulting, joining other entrepreneurs and leaders from diverse sectors. In a programme tailored to individual needs, each member of the cohort learned how to grow sustainably, increase their impact, and support people from ethnically diverse communities.
In September 2022, OUTO was incorporated into the It’s Great Out There Coalition, allowing OUTO to scale up its work beyond the UK, and benefit from an established governance structure and the clear synergies between the two organisations. OUTO co-founder Keme Nzerem was also been appointed vice president of the coalition, further integrating the work of #itsgreatoutthere and Opening Up the Outdoors.
One of the Friends of OUTO is Kendal Mountain Festival, the annual November gathering of the outdoor community in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England. At the 2022 festival, we caught up with OUTO co-founders Keme and Phil Young, and OUTO Changemaker, and founder of All The Elements, Soraya Abdel-Hadi.