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Sea-Change Sailing Trust

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Sea-Change provides action-centred learning for disadvantaged and disabled young people by offering an alternative approach to education through residential sailing and seamanship training aboard a large traditional sailing vessel. It is an immersive experience with proven positive outcomes to the 200 people who embark upon it annually.

We work with difficult to reach groups including those not in employment, education or training, experiencing social exclusion, with special needs or at risk of offending. Most groups spend 5 nights living and working aboard in groups of up to 12 including their leaders.

Having benefited from the initial experience within their care or other group, growing numbers return independently to embed the benefits they have gained, make new friends, discover self-esteem and develop traditional seamanship skills. At this stage participants often stay for longer periods within our returners group and can obtain formal sailing accreditation. A number have subsequently considered careers in the maritime sector

Until now we have rented the vessels we use. We need our own, which will substantially increase the number and flexibility of days we can offer at sea. It will increase the groups of young people with whom we carry out our day to day work whilst dramatically reducing our overheads.

We are advanced with our appeal to build a new vessel designed specifically to meet our needs. A Thames sailing barge, she will work intensively for extended periods under sail alone and will carry a cargo within career-orientated training programmes in a low carbon environment. This will provide us with a sustainable income and benefit our local community by helping to preserve traditional seafaring and boatbuilding skills.

The project costs £700,000 of which over £600,000 has been raised. The steel hull has been built and we have embarked on the 2nd phase, fitting out, rigging and commissioning. Our target is to be under way during the coming year.

Your generous support is much appreciated.

Charity No: 1125958

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