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Grant to Cirdan Sailing Trust (360G-EssexCF-A480729)

To support the annual operating and routine maintenance costs of the Duet sailing vessel managed by the Cirdan Sailing Trust, which provides sail training opportunities for young people particularly those who are socially, physically or mentally disadvantaged.


03 May 2018

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Amount Applied For 0
Amount Awarded 50000
Award Date 2018-05-03T00:00:00+00:00
Beneficiary Location: Country Code GB
Beneficiary Location: Geographic Code E07000074
Beneficiary Location: Geographic Code Type NMD
Beneficiary Location: Name Maldon
Grant Programme: Code 2017/18
Grant Programme: Title The Duet Fund
Impact Category Improve life skills, education, employability and enterprise
Last Modified 2018-07-12T00:00:00+00:00
Primary beneficiary Children and Young People
Primary issue Education, learning and training
Recipient Org: Charity Number 1091598
Recipient Org: Company Number 04365550
Recipient Org: Description The Cirdan Sailing Trust was established in 1983 and has provided over 33,000 young people from the UK with self-development, integration and learning opportunities through the challenge of life at sea aboard our large sailing vessels. The focus of our service is on working almost exclusively with groups from youth organisations that work with young people whose lives are disadvantaged in some way. A sailing voyage takes the young people away from their geographical surroundings and removes them from their usual environment where they be may be subject to negative influences and other pressures that are detrimental to their development and well-being. Our sailing vessels provide them with a challenging, alien environment where they have to understand and accept authority, live and work as a team and be resilient. They are actively involved in every aspect of running and sailing the vessel. This includes deck work, planning and navigation, keeping watch, learn to cook for themselves and each other and keeping a tidy ship. As their voyage of discovery progresses, the young people learn to accept the disciplines and constraints of life on board and they face up to the challenges that produce the positive outcomes. The Trust is partly self-funding through the collection of voyage fees which, by careful management, are kept as low as possible. However, very few of the organisations and young people who wish to benefit from the experience we offer are in a position to cover the costs involved. They rely on support from our voyage of Discovery Fund scheme to supplement the limited monies raised through their own resources to ensure the experience can be made available to their young people. Most seasons, none of our groups can cover the full voyage fee so all have to supplemented through our Voyage of Discovery Fund scheme. We have always supported the majority of those who sail with at a level dependent upon their particular needs. Over the last few years, our support has risen from an average level of 40% to nearer 60%. We anticipate this trend will continue into the foreseeable future if we are to ensure our service is available to those who can most benefit. The experience we provide for young people makes a significant contribution to the development of their life skills, stimulates their desire to learn, improves their attitude towards authority and generally enhances their health and well-being. Whilst we are not in a position to provide a service for wheelchair users, as all participants do require a degree of mobility and coordination, we work closely with the youth leaders to tailor voyages to the needs of the young people in an effort to make the experience we offer inclusive. Together with the support we provide through our Voyage of Discovery Fund this allows us generally to work with young people from all areas of society irrespective of their culture, religion, attainment level, social standing or special needs. Throughout each season, we receive a great deal of feedback from the youth leaders who involve their young people in sailing residentials on board our vessels. The overriding view of these leaders in that the benefits gained from the experience are of enormous value, in particular with regard to the sense of achievement, self-confidence, and ability to face challenges. Very many of the young people who sail with us have restricted and insular view of life, often relying heavily on others to provide structure and organisation. The challenge off-shore sailing adventure with the rigidity of an on-board life allows the individual to develop naturally through the necessity of cooperation and the feeling of total inclusion as a valued member of the team. The leaders who accompany the young people are encouraged to discuss their desired outcomes with the Skipper prior to and during the voyage. This is reviewed from time to time during debriefing sessions to ensure their objectives are being met.
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