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.
Thanks to a generous grant from Whirlwind we ran a week-long sailing trip for ten MACS, blind and visually impaired young people in August 2018. We sailed a total of 203 miles around the Devon coast.
Every sailor attained their competent crew certificate, learning to sail the boat, make knots, talk to the coastguard and plot a chart in addition to practical cooking and cleaning skills.
We used the outcomes wheel, developed by Children in Need and the Prince’s Trust to measure our results and saw a marked change from the start to the end results, with overall scores for all the young people moving forward by nearly 15%. The most significant differences were improvements in: compromise and negotiation when living with different people, coping with new experiences and dealing with setbacks.
During June and July 2018 Treloar’s will take over 40 students sailing out of Port Solent on the accessible catamaran, Spirit of Scott Bader. The experience of sailing stretches our students by opening up a new environment which is very different from school, college or home. Memories of the day trips can remain with students for a lifetime.
Students benefit from pursuing a new activity which delivers opportunities for personal development, and a rare chance to take part in outward-bound activities. Some students go on to pursue further sailing and watersports activities. Treloar School and College students and staff thank Whirlwind Charitable Trust for the donation to support the costs of these exciting sailing trips.
We are completing the build of a new engine-less steel sailing barge that will deliver cargoes to wharves and other landings entirely under sail. Therefore, we are expanding our traditional work with deprived and disadvantaged young people and devising appropriate training courses in readiness.
Whirlwind has generously offered us the support we need to start training young people who have expressed interest in becoming experienced crew, qualified mates and skippers to form a future career progression ladder. Training will include maintenance experience and lead to employment opportunities in the traditional maritime sector. To this end we will be running 2 residential courses at sea this summer of 5 days for up to 12 people each.