BAPA sets the standard for Quality, Safety and Value for activity centres and residential and day camp providers; so whether you’re choosing a centre for your next visit or you wish to apply to become an accredited member of BAPA, your search starts here……
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BAPA 2013 Conference
The recent Conference in March held at the Paragon hotel in Birmingham was a great success with many members and guest attending for two days of workshops and discussions on a wide range on the following business related topics:
• Gallant Marketing and Communications gave an excellent presentation on effective marketing and branding
• Izen Energy Systems explained how they can enable large scale users of power and heating can save significant sums on their water heating and energy costs
• Bob Gardiner from the Off-shore Oil rig and diving sector talked about how they share learning from incidents and accidents to continuously improve the safety record for companies and divers alike.
• SkillsActive gave an introduction into the various strands for staff development and associated funding that are available through this employment sector development agency.
• Marcus Bailie from the Adventure Activities Licensing Service gave an overview on the future of adventure activities and how they might be sustained in terms of development.
In addition there were opportunities to look at and meet representatives from AIM, the activities industry mutual insurers, Lyon Equipment suppliers of training and equipment for off ground safety systems for climbing, ropes courses, and inspection work.
Kernow First Aid Training were also present to explain how they can support a member in staff development in this essential area of safety management.
Finally, Ian Taylor, CEO of SkillsActive and an Olympic Gold medallist gave an inspirational talk after dinner on what it takes to win in challenging times.
All our members have now stared their summer programmes of delivering lots of exciting and adventurous activities to thousands of youngsters. Some members will provide day camp programmes whilst others will offer a complete residential experience – there is no single pattern of programme or operation across the BAPA membership, which is growing at present, with 5 new Associate members going through their initial application and accreditation systems.
All our members centres will be inspected and accredited either this year or in 2014; many will gain the Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation Quality Badge which covers health, safety and learning support when providing an activity to their customers.
You can see if your centre has been accredited for this nationally recognised award by going to the following website: http://lotcqualitybadge.org.uk/search
The BAPA Code of Practice
This document has been developed over many years by members of the Association and with input from expert advisers when necessary. It sets out the standards by which all members commit to uphold and ensure they provide a quality experience which is exciting and safe. The Code is currently being revised to take account of significant changes in areas such as safeguarding and other activity developments. It will be launched again after the changes have been approved by the members at their next Annual General Meeting.
Contacting the British Activity Providers Association
If you have a query or want more information about the Association you can contact us in the following ways:
FOR COURSES, ACTIVITIES OR BOOKING AN ACTIVITY WITH A BAPA MEMBER
Please look at the members list and make contact directly with the member
TELEPHONE CONTACT – 01746 769982 – Please leave a message if the office is closed with your name and number and we’ll return your call when the office is next open.
FOR MEMBERSHIP INSPECTIONS OR ACCREDITATION ENQUIRIES - please contact our National Director, Peter Stacey on 01746 769982 or 07888 841792 or email him at Pete@thebapa.org.uk
Accounts and general email can be sent to email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!T
The BAPA Quality Experience: Members and their customers can be re-assured that the BAPA scheme is backed by a detailed Code of Practice that provides excellent guidance and is reviewed annually. Besides agreeing to follow these standards, BAPA members are subject to frequent inspection to ensure that theory is borne out in practice. The BAPA scheme is an approved route to both the new national Adventuremark accreditation and the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.