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Project information

Show Me Why

To fully engage youth and youth "at risk" in a programme of practical learning that demonstrates to them the need for education and a self desire for knowledge - leading directly into our proposed training programmes where they will gain boating qualifications (RYA), NVQs and Apprenticeships.

July 2011 - July 2015

Charity information: The AHOY Centre

The AHOY Centre logo
  • Need


    For Youth at risk of offending and those that have already offended the path back into society is often seen as a dead end and we now work in partnership with many young offender organisations on various projects for crime reduction and community youth engagement and this Project will provide a much needed escape route for these youths and a chance to remove their labels.


    The role of AHOY is to engage youth to participate in our Show Me Why programme and channel them into Further Education, Apprenticeships and Employment. The participants will gain NVQ qualifications, RYA qualifications and other skill sets – boat & building repair – metalwork – mechanics – leadership – teaching. Included within the learning process will be transferrable skills and knowledge of a practical nature that will open up many potential avenues to further education and/or employment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help vulnerable young people reach their full potential


    » Offer Sailing and boating as the experience and educational tool to develop other skills
    » Offer Boatiing qualifications, NVQs and Apprenticeships to develop new transferrable "life" skills
    » Work in partnership with many young offender organisations on various projects for crime reduction and community youth engagement.-

    What success will look like

    Success will be the participants achieving at least 3 qualifications and for at least 50% of them joining up as AHOY volunteers and finding paid employment.

    Aim 2

    Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour


    » Continue our work with the Met Police - YOS - schools and Safer Neighbouhood Teams etc to identify youth at risk of offending
    » Offer qualifications and Apprenticeship schemes in a innovative and exciting environment.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a reduction in the local crime rate and for 50% of particpants to no longer be at risk of offending, be in paid employment and be good community role models.

  • Impact


    To get an increasing number of participants through our scheme and put them back into society - giving them skills and a sense of responsibility which will result in the opportunity not only to shape their future but the future of society as a whole - reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and providing good community role models.
    We will demonstrate success by evaluating feedback, testimonials and the number of qualifications received.


    Our main risk is lack of funding. We know from our pilot programmes that there is a real need for the type of work we're proposing - our results are fantastic!
    To cover this risk we are actively seeking corporate/city funding - our main sponsorship initiative is our AHOY Cross Channel Row Challenge which brings in vital funding as does the continued promotion of our centre hire for private parties and functions.


    AHOY has a full monitoring & evaluation system and we are able to provide Project Reports, case studies and testimonials from our participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £205,125

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      Amount Heading Description
      £53,300 Equipment Vital equipment for new boat building facilities
      £151,825 Staffing Teachers, boat buliders

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Worshipful Company of Girdlers £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The AHOY Centre is located in Deptford – one of the most densely populated areas - ranked 18 in the whole of the UK. As described by the Local MP Joan Ruddock – “it is one of the most deprived constituencies in Britain. Severe housing problems and widespread poverty remain.......” The AHOY has direct access to the Thames giving the local community involvement in a sport that few would have access to otherwise.


    Our outreach is across 4 London Boroughs as well as the local area of Deptford and the participants who will directly benefit from Show Me Why will be aged 15 - 20+. By tackling youth crime and anti-social behaviour all of the community and society as a whole will benefit from the development of these skilled potential employees and role models.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The AHOY has shown, through its programmes, that having a reason to want to learn has changed people's attitude to education and crime our recent truancy programme increased school attendance, learning and behaviour. There is real value in our 'education through practical demonstration' methods achieved through our boating activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Integer are our partner in helping us to prepare, set up and deliver NVQs and Apprenticeships

    Pat Farrell

    Pat is our Outreach Officer and is key in her networking skills. She works with local groups, councils and organisations including the NHS.

    Lewisham College

    Lewisham College will work with us in delivering the NVQs and Apprenticeships

    Clair Ongley

    Clair is the Operations Manager and works closely with the trustees and funders to deliver this programme.

We''ve always believed in AHOY and have held it up as one of the best.....Sailing is somehow unique in capturing young people’s imagination....

Safer London Foundation