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Youth Development & Sail Training Opportunities

Later this summer the Tall Ships are  returning to Falmouth which offers some fantastic opportunities for young people in Cornwall. 

Ocean Youth Trust South is an award-winning sail training charity which works with young people aged 12-25 from the widest possible range of backgrounds.  Their purpose-built vessel, John Laing, sails with up to 12 young people at a time, working as active crew members: steering, hoisting sails, keeping watch, navigating, cooking and more. It can be a fun, adventure voyage; a chance to gain qualifications (Royal Yachting Association certificates) or to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award residential; and something to add to a Record of Achievement and enhance applications for further education or employment. But a voyage is as much about personal development as it is about sailing: OYT South aims to build confidence, team-working, communication, resilience and the ability to cope with unfamiliar situations. As well as those from more fortunate backgrounds, They also have much to offer those less fortunate and to some disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.  Applications for bursary funding  for young people who genuinely cannot afford to sail will be considered, if endorsed by a professional such as a teacher or social worker.

As an example of OYT South’s work with vulnerable young people, we have the following endorsement from David Harvey, Area Strategic Manager- Alternative Provision in Hampshire: “The opportunities for sailing, being part of a team, taking responsibility, learning real life skills has been invaluable”  and “instrumental in re-engaging some challenging young people with education” However, this is only one aspect of OYT South’s work with disadvantaged young people, which also includes young carers, children who have been bullied, bereaved or victims of crime, and many with a wide range of family problems.

There is often a mix of crew members from a variety of backgrounds which adds to the social benefit and opportunity to young people to broaden their horizons.  

Usually based in Southampton John Laing will be based in Devon & Cornwall from early July until the race itself at the very end of August. Details can be found on the website http://www.oytsouth.org/availability.asp