Published on Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:08
Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYT Scotland), Scotland's leading Sail Training organisation, will transform more than 480 young people’s lives over two years thanks to a £375,000 award from the "CashBack for Communities" scheme - the Scottish Government's proceeds of crime fund.
The participants from disadvantaged backgrounds across Scotland will take part in 5-day long sea voyages in some of the world's best sailing waters. During the voyage, the novice sailors will gain nationally accredited qualifications, improve their communication and problem-solving skills.
The first of the 48 voyages which included 10 young people and 2 group leaders from Midlothian Community Learning & Development Team arrived back at James Watt Dock in Greenock on Friday 8th May.
Nick Fleming, Chief Executive of OYT Scotland said: "Our voyages offer young people a truly unique and life changing opportunity. Over the course of a very intense week, living together in close proximity, they not only learn to sail, they learn leadership skills and how to work effectively as a team.
"This first trip has been a huge success. Our sea-staff, comprising both professionals and volunteers, understand how to get the best from each individual. This results in young people often being able to achieve things they never imagined they were capable of and changing their outlook on what the future could hold”.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Investing in our young people is always money well spent and I am delighted that the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme is providing this valuable funding for worthy projects across Scotland.
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:23
First published in the Penarth Times Wednesday 4 March 2015 in News
by Chris Seal
YOUNG people from the Challenge Wales Youth Panel attended the launch of the Wales We Want report in Cardiff before taking part in a workshop attended by Michael Sheen.
Pictured left to right with Michael Sheen - Rhiannon, Sophie and Jessie-May. All three have sailed on Challenge Wales in either Small Ships or Tall Ships events in 2014.
Around 7,000 people in Wales had been involved in a pilot National Conversation, during 2014, which asked people what sort of Wales they wanted for the future. On Monday, March 2, the report of the findings was launched.
Following the launch of the report the Challenge Wales Youth Panel took part in a “Future Leaders” workshop with Michael Sheen, the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, Peter Davies as well as other young people from around Wales. The session was to look at a “Future Leaders” programme to support young people to be leaders of change in their communities.
During the session the Youth Panel talked about how Challenge Wales uses sail training to develop lifeskills and much of what was being discussed in the context of The Wales We Want and Future Leaders workshop resonated with the youth work Challenge Wales delivers; aiming to develop young people of today to participate positively in society tomorrow.
Trustee Vicky Williams, who accompanied the Youth Panel, said “It was great to be part of this landmark event and a wonderful opportunity for young people to share ideas."
Challenge Wales, Wales’ Tall Ship, based in Penarth offers life-changing voyages and helps develop essential life skills to improve employment prospects and is looking for more young people aged 15 – 24 years to be part of its Youth Panel who will help ensure young people’s voices remain central to the organisation. For more information visit www.challengewales.org
Published on Monday, 09 February 2015 16:45
ASTO is appalled at the decision by the IPC to drop sailing from the 2020 Paralympic games.
James Stevens ASTO Chairman said:
'ASTO is totally committed to supporting and encouraging all young people including those with disabilities to experience the challenge and adventure of sailing. ASTO therefore strongly supports the RYA in its campaign to persuade ISAF to make strong representations to reinstate sailing to the Paralympic games. I am deeply unimpressed by the way ISAF has handled this, and hope that the RYA and representatives of other sailing nations can apply pressure to have the decision reversed.'
Published on Monday, 09 February 2015 11:47
Duncan Souster, CEO of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, a charity which promotes the integration of people of all physical abilities through sailing adventures, said:
"We are hugely disappointed with this decision from the International Paralympic Committee. Sailing offers a life-changing outlet for people with a wide range of disabilities, inspiring them to lead more independent lives. Since Great Britain won the first Paralympic Sailing gold medal in 1996, the Games has been a standard bearer for the promotion of sailing among disabled people.
"Sailing is more than an Olympic sport, it demonstrates that disabled people can take on the kinds of challenges that would inspire anyone. To cull it from the Games is pouring a cold bucket of water on that inspiration.
"The decision undermines the hard work of many organisations and charities like the Jubilee Sailing Trust that work to provide life-enhancing adventures for disabled people through sailing. I am sure that the leaders of the International Sailing Federation will be doing everything they can to appeal this decision and we will do all we can to support them."
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Published on Thursday, 05 February 2015 12:10
120 people from 30 separate organisations attended the 6th UK Sail Training conference held on the 23rd January 2015 at Southampton Solent University. Topics of discussion included fundraising case studies, Sail Training programme development, young leader development, measuring Sail Training outcomes and new Sail Training vessels. Full details of the conference are under 'Events - Sail Training Conferences'. The next conference will be in January 2016.