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HRCST is extending its existing water-sports tuition to a group of young people who have a range of learning disabilities. The course will deliver 14 sailing/watersports sessions.

Whilst already working with SEND schools for young people, we established the need for extending the water-sports sessions to older SEND children, due to the demand we have for these courses.

We have adapted our sessions to be very accessible and structured, enabling children and young people of varying disabilities to make progress over the course of 14 weeks and so achieve their personal goals.

This grant from WCT will cover the additional costs of our RYA accredited Sailing Instructors, as a higher teacher:student ratio is required for these sessions.

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Dynamic Moves, our 2018 climbing programme for local families with limited economic means, is moving forward thanks to support from the Whirlwind Charitable Trust.  Here in Upper Clydesdale, there is a real, unmet need for healthy recreational activities that are available to parents and their children.  This project will enable Wiston Lodge to purchase crucial climbing equipment and to hold three courses for local families. 

This initiative will not only teach our visitors about the basics of climbing but will help enhance important core life skills that will help them in their day-to-day lives.  Approximately 30 parents and children will have the opportunity to engage in a fun, challenging educational activity that will help them grow together. 

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Imagine the thrill of riding a pony for a young person who can feel and hear but has no sight, or of sailing a dinghy fast on a sunny breezy day when you are normally limited to the speed of your wheelchair.

With the help and support of trained instructors and support staff, these exciting and exhilarating activities encourage greater independence, improve social skills and confidence and also provide great therapeutic benefits, helping to improve movement, balance and mobility. They are of course also great fun.

These fantastic activities have been made possible for around 50 visually impaired young people at WESC Foundation, thanks to a donation by the Whirlwind Charitable Trust.

Reg charity no 1058937


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“I can enjoy myself with people I haven't met before.”

Thanks to funding from The Whirlwind Charitable Trust, MACS can take 11 young people on a sailing adventure from Ipswich to Southampton.

MACS conditions are incurable. For many the absence of eyes is linked to brain development and they may also have learning difficulties and behavioural problems. MACS children are disadvantaged by their visual impairment, but also by facial disfigurement.

Taking a MACS child on a sailing trip is a life-changing experience. They learn teamwork, independence and communication. The children also achieve new skills: plotting points on charts, filling in the ships log, calculating distances and communicating with the Coast Guard.

“I was able to contribute towards group tasks.”