Seashell Trust supports children and young people with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs from across the UK.
We believe that incredible life experiences should be made available to our students and for this reason, we take 25 College Students aged 19 – 25 years on a 3 day, 2 night activity break to the outdoor adventure centre at Bendrigg Trust.
The donation from Whirlwind Trust has enabled 5 of our severely disabled students to attend the Activity Break providing them with the opportunity to undertake new challenges, discover new skills, interests and aspirations and provide positive characters building experiences.
Endeavour is working with extremely marginalized young people who have very few opportunities to make their lives better. We use water based activities as a platform to develop their personal skills. By participating in canoeing and kayaking, young people build their self-esteem through a sense of achievement “Wow, I got across the lake, fantastic!” and build resilience if achievement is attained after several failed attempts “I’m glad I kept trying, and now I did it – great”. The key focus is to ensure they understand how to transfer these feelings of achievement into other areas of their life such as continuing to pursue education and get qualifications even if not succeeding on first attempt, and not to give up when rejected in job applications. This also offers the chance of just enjoying a fun activity and building friendships.
At Horizons we provide learning and educational opportunities for young people with additional needs. We aim to increase self-confidence and improve social and practical skills, through water-based activities that would normally be beyond the means of these children.
Local primary school children have opportunity to learn about their maritime heritage and history through our schools project and we also run an evening and weekend sailing club which gives local young people the chance to learn to sail in the amazing areas of the River Tamar and Plymouth Sound.
Whirlwind's donation will cover mooring fees for our 4 Hawk 20 keelboats and 2 safety boats for a whole season, and is a real help covering our core costs.. Our boats are used 6 days a week, March-Nov.
With funding from Whirlwind we were able to take six young people from Alfreton Park Community Special School on a 56 mile voyage in the Solent. The young people came to us with conditions including Global Development Delay, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy etc. and many of them need carers for basic tasks such as washing and dressing. Nevertheless, it is always fantastic to see how much they achieved on board, sometimes surprising their carers by their ability to take an active part in the sailing
During the week the children enthusiastically involved themselves in hoisting sails, steering, preparing meals and even helping with navigation. They benefitted enormously in terms of their confidence and social skills by being given the chance to take part in a week-long residential, living with others in an unfamiliar environment.