Project information

"Shipmates"

The 'Shipmates' are our Youth Volunteers and we train them so that they can, in turn, help others to learn how to sail and row. There is a major focus on social cohesion, teamwork and personal development - helping them to gain essential life-skills needed to gain future employment.

January 2010 - January 2016

Charity information: The AHOY Centre

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  • Need

    Need

    "Shipmates" provides an innovative outlet for young people - keeping them off the streets and chanelling them into positive activites.Our centre offers the young people an alternative to crime and gives them the opportunity to get involved in a community activity by participating in a challenging activity on the River Thames and gaining Nationally Recognised Qualifications. We give young people an alternative to street crime and gang culture which, in turn, reduces anti-social behaviour and

    Solution

    Our charity enables the Shipmates to participate in a sport that few would otherwise have access to. There is a lack of youth facilities and opportunities in the area and we offer activities that will increase health awareness and fitness plus giving young people the opportunity to volunteer in the evening, weekends and school holidays in an active way and at the same time emphasising life skills, team work and confidence building

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Achieve nationally recognised qualifications

    Activities

    » - range of RYA (Royal YAchting Association) sailing & powerboating programmes
    » Rwoing - both dry-rowing in virtual leagues and wet rowing on the river Thames

    Success will be...90% of all Shipmates achieving RYA qualifications


    Aim 2

    Achieve admin skills

    Activities

    » The Shipmate Programmes includes working on admin and fundraising for our charity

    Success will be....90% of all Shipmates gaining confidence and experience in keyboard and office skills


    Aim 3

    Achieve good DIY skills

    Activities

    » Shipmates work alongside our Bosun and adult volunteers helping with all aspects of maintenance of our fleet and buildings

    Success will be... 90% of all Shipmates gaining confidence and experience in basic DIY skills


  • Impact

    Impact

    Taking young people and putting them back into society - giving them skills and a sense of responsibility will give rise to the opportunity not only to shape their futures but the future of society as a whole.
    We already have several Shipmates working in the marine industry.
    The Shipmates are The AHOY’s future – our future Instructors, staff and trustees and our Shipmate Scheme is our most important programme and one which we are both very proud and passionate about.

    Risk

    Our main risk is lack of funding and to support Shipmates and our other programmes we have launched several sponsored rowing challenges whcih brings in vital funding.

    Reporting

    We complete full Case Studies - following a selection of Shipmates from their first visit and over the years documenting their achievements
    We publish a quarterly newsletter plus we "tweet" to our followers and regularly update our Facebook page.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £95,750

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      Amount Heading Description
      £37,380 Staff Instructor Costs
      £16,700 Fleet Repairs
      £18,800 Fleet Renewals
      £7,870 Overheads General Overheads
      £9,500 Staff Management/Admin
      £5,500 Overheads Fuel/Other

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Girdlers Livery Company £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The AHOY Centre is located in Deptford on the southbank of the river Thames and is a 10 minute walk from the centre of Royal Greenwich.

    Beneficiaries

    Disadvantaged youth - disabled youth - youth at risk of offending and ex-offenders.
    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.......”

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity enables the local community to participate in a sport that few would otherwise have access to. There is a lack of youth facilities and opportunities in the area and we give young people the opportunity to volunteer in the evening, weekends and school holidays in an active way and at the same time emphasising life skills, team work and confidence building.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Clair Ongley

    Operations Manager and fundraiser

    Tony Mason

    Watersports Manager & RYA Chief Instructor - key to delivering safe and fulfilling water activities

    Laura Trigg

    Watersports Administrator - key to recruiting volunteers both young and old!

The AHOY Team!