Making a real impact on the lives of young people.
Sea-Change provides residential opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to learn and develop in a unique environment. By living and working together aboard a traditional sailing vessel they participate in a wide range of life skills and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contribution and group decisions.
We offer a graduated set of programmes from entry level tasters to extended residential periods with accreditation. The charity is a member of the Association of Sail Training Organisations, a RYA Training and Sailability Centre and a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Centre.
Who is it for? Young people who are…
Not in employment, education or training (NEET); young offenders or in danger of offending; experiencing social exclusion; with special needs or challenged by traditional educational settings.
We also undertake accredited traditional sailing and seamanship training for those who may be considering a maritime career.
What makes us unique?
We offer an alternative approach to education in a unique setting where clients learn through activity in a structured and safe, yet challenging environment. Our approach concentrates on high quality personal support and training with ongoing mentoring, entrenching the development of small groups of students for the long term rather than limiting the experience to time spent aboard.
The support we offer once our clients have returned home is, we believe, unique in our sector. It enables us to continue personal support after they have returned from a programme and to sustain them between programmes. As they are often from very disadvantaged or deprived backgrounds it is critical in encouraging lasting, positive outcomes that boost confidence and self esteem.
Growing numbers of young people who have sailed with us as members of groups request the opportunity to return independently, to build on their experiences and to obtain accredited training. This is the basis of our Youth Sailing Scheme and we now offer individuals who have never sailed with us before the opportunity to undertake in-depth traditional training under sail, which can lead to a maritime career.
Costs should not bar any student from undertaking a programme and our bursary scheme may be able to assist where other avenues of funding have been explored.
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