The Voyage of Discovery scheme is an essential aspect of Cirdan’s work which focuses on providing a service for disadvantaged young people. The young people and few special needs adults who participate in Cirdan’s Voyage of Discovery aboard it’s small fleet of off-shore sailing vessels face disadvantage in their lives. This mainly relates to social deprivation and special needs but also includes exclusion from mainstream education and society and other forms of vulnerability.
Through the active involvement and challenge of life at sea, the young people learn about themselves, develop an acceptance of others, a willingness to take controlled risks, discover hidden strengths and talents and an understanding of the value of working as a team.
The generosity of the Whirlwind Charitable Trust plays a valuable and much appreciated part in helping Cirdan provide this life changing experience to members of society who most need it.
Venture Trust works with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and adults within some of Scotland’s most marginalised communities to enable them to achieve a better future.
Venture Trust’s Living Wild project offers support to people with a history of involvement in the criminal justice system, enabling participants to address underlying issues, discover new skills and get their lives back on track. At Living Wild’s heart is a Wilderness Journey: 10 days of wild camping, canoeing, walking, abseiling and intensive personal support. Participants gain confidence and learn to see themselves in a new light, set achievable goals and make plans for a better future.
Funding from Whirlwind Charitable Trust will support a life changing Wilderness Journey for 11 participants in 2019.
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.