LOAI’s primary role is to operate residential and day visit activity centres, with a focus on work with young people and community groups.
The Charitable purposes of the organisation relate to encouraging the positive use of the outdoors by all sectors of the community. In practice, this means offering opportunities for participation and access to facilities together with provision of training, advice and support.
Since the original start-up funding, the LOAI has been predominately self-funding, using a business model that uses cross-subsidy, with the more profitable activities allowing the provision of lower-cost support for those aspects of the programme that need it.
LOAI currently operates from both the Anderton Centre on the banks of Lower Rivington Reservoir and High Rid Reservoir.