For those of you that follow Solas on Twitter you may have already seen that a group of our clients have been given the amazing opportunity to sail around the south coast for 5 days.
The Cirdan Sailing Trust, founded in 1983, is a non-profit making charity whose main purpose is to provide a service to disadvantage young people. They provide challenging residentials aboard their large traditional sailing vessels where young people, with their support workers, experience together the adventure of life at sea.
The group live and work alongside a professional crew taking a full and active part in running the vessel. The voyage on board a ship is the ideal adventurous, positive activity for young people through which they can develop essential life skills. By taking young people out of their comfort zone and placing them in a totally alien environment, support workers can work with the whole group of clients starting on the same level.
Once on board the group become active members of the professional crew and are divided into teams called watches. The skipper will decide how the watches are organised and what their responsibilities will be. Everyone will be given a role.
We have been lucky enough to have been offered several voyages with The Cirdan Trust for a small cost and with the generosity of additional funding from the trust.
Nine clients across our young person schemes have started their voyage, supported by staff, setting off from Poole and will be back on dry land Friday 5th August. Daily updates with plenty of photo’s will be posted via Twitter so please ensure you are following them.
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