Atlantic Outdoor Centre (AOC) Service
The Atlantic Outdoor Centre runs activity courses and coordinates the use of college facilities for groups of disadvantaged young people. Residential groups come from all over the UK and usually spend a week at the Centre. Day activity courses are also provided for local schools. Students who join the service will spend most of their first year in training sessions, learning how to run activities such as climbing, canoeing and archery. In their second year, students lead activity sessions for groups, under the supervision of the Centre's staff. There is also an integrated development programme for local school leavers who have special educational needs. Service students may be involved in helping these youngsters with various projects and classroom work.