The Society runs an Outreach Group which is willing to assist local organisations, large and small, by actively bringing astronomy and cosmology to the community. This is generally provided by PowerPoint presentations supplementing practical telescope viewing sessions; however, these are usually customised to the organisation’s needs or relevant curriculum and include daytime solar viewing and evening Moon, planet and ‘star-gazing’ experiences. These wider community based experiences are supplemented by a number of ‘open public’ events during the year which are held at the society’s home base at High Elms.
Comprised mainly of Society members who are retired, the Outreach Group has been operating since 2009 and has an excellent record in community liaison with over 9,000 children and adults having had the opportunity to look through a telescope and learn about the Solar System, stars, our Milky Way galaxy and the Universe.
Many of the contacts are, or have been, with local primary and senior schools, some of which are well established and on-going yearly links. However, we have also assisted much smaller community groups (e.g. Scouts and pony clubs) for one-off events. We operate an inclusive policy and are proud to include organisations representing those with special needs within these contacts.
Several of the members have independent astronomy and cosmological presentations and are able to assist local organisations and societies with a speaker for a limited number of meetings.
As a registered charity, the Society makes no charge for these community events.
The Society operates its own Child Protection Policy which links with that of the relevant organisation as required. (OAS Child Protection Policy 2014 – pdf format 328KB)
Enquiries may be made though the Society’s enquiry form.