The 2020 programme of Portsmouth Sail Training Trust will reach 120 young people from disadvantaged communities in Portsmouth. The year-long programme provides opportunities for young people who are disengaged or struggling in a traditional academic environment to experience maritime training both through sailing and power boat sessions. They will work towards RYA qualifications such as Keelboat, Powerboat and Day skipper levels as well as First Aid and engine Maintenance. All of the young people participating receive mentoring from the PSTT volunteers and ‘Graduates’ of our programme exhibit increased confidence, improved self-awareness, increased aspirations and improved teamwork. All life skills which help them to re-engage with education and access employment opportunities in the marine sector.
The donation from Whirlwind Charitable Trust will provide 5 fully funded spaces for one academic year for young people between the ages of 11-18.
Centre 81’s members really look forward to their time on the water. Sailing offers our members, many of them wheelchair users, a sense of freedom they never thought possible, and they are able to experience the thrill of the Broads in a safe environment with the support of patient, kind, encouraging people. We like to provide as many of our skills and activities centre members as possible with the opportunity to sail, as we know how much they love the experience.
Thank you to the Whirlwind Charitable Trust from everyone at Centre 81 for helping to make this happen.
CHICKS provides free respite breaks for children from desperately disadvantaged backgrounds. They may be experiencing poverty, abuse, domestic violence, bereavement and housing issues. Thanks to the Whirlwind Charitable Trust, these children are able to enjoy a fantastic water sports adventure! Since this is usually the first time many of the young people have had this opportunity it has a huge impact – here are some quotes from recent water rafting activities:
"It was a new experience – it’s 10/10!"
"It was my best part of the week!"
"Getting a child who was afraid of the water into a raft and then have him ask me to jump in the water with him - it was an unforgettable moment" (Break Volunteer)
Every sailing season, Sea Cadets offers young people a chance to go on an exhilarating adventure sailing around the coasts of the UK. The challenging and immersive environment of Sea Cadets' Offshore Voyages is a splendid way of getting young people to work as a team, communicate and take responsibility. The experience and the characteristics gained could last a lifetime and can prepare them for whatever challenges life throws at them. As income often decides what experiences a young person can have, life building adventures such a this can exclude the marginalised in our society. Thanks to the Whirlwind Charitable Trust, 35 young people from low-income backgrounds can take part in this amazing journey. An adventure that would leave a lifelong impression.