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Project information

Voyage of Discovery Fund 2017

Our project will enable disadvantaged young people to develop life skills and enhance their health and well-being through the challenge of life at sea. Here they will develop essential social and communication skills, increase in confidence and self-esteem and develop team work skills.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: The Cirdan Sailing Trust

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  • Need


    Amongst the young people supported by our scheme are those from dysfunctional or deprived backgrounds, at risk of exclusion or failing, with special needs, behaviour issues or homeless. A sailing voyage takes them from their normal environment where negative influences and pressures are detrimental to their development and well-being and provides them with a challenging, alien environment where they have to communicate, understand and accept authority, live and work as a team and be resilient.


    The unique experience of a voyage at sea is a positive and effective way to help young people develop essential social and life skills to help them move on to become independent, useful members of society. As their voyage of discovery progresses they learn to accept the disciplines and constraints of life on board and alongside their fellow crew members face up to challenges that produce positive outcomes. These are built upon as the young people transfer what they learned to everyday life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide disadvantaged young people with character education and self-development opportunities


    » Provide the challenge of life at sea aboard a large sailing ship where young people take a full and active part in life on board as crew member

    What success will look like

    An evaluation system is in place to monitor benefits gained through the experience. This will show the level of development made by the young people as seen by the youth leaders

    Aim 2

    To subsidise costs to make voyages widely available to groups working with the disadvantaged


    » We operate our fund annually to provide essential assistance to groups and we anticipate for 2017 this will be at a level of 60% of the true cost

    What success will look like

    The success will be seen by the number of groups involving their young people in a voyage subsidised to a level that enables them to participate

  • Impact


    The skills and character traits learned and developed throughout the voyage are transferred to everyday life and built upon as the young people move forward. It is difficult for us to record these outcomes other than anecdotally as we don’t have access to the young people at this point. However, feedback indicates that as a result of a voyage participants re-engage with education, are motivated to seek employment, are more socially aware and move on to becoming independent.


    Young people are not motivated or committed to activities outside of their comfort zone and therefore need good leadership to engage in the first place. We work with the youth leaders to help them in their task of involving the young people. Securing sufficient funds is a challenge but having provided this service successfully for over 30 years we have become experienced at raising funds for our scheme and have built good relationships with funders who recognise the benefit of our work.


    It would be our intention to report back to major donors at the end of the season with feedback from beneficiaries. For smaller donors who have supplied their email addresses we would make contact electronically with a less detailed report. We would also provide feedback via social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £236,946

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      Amount Heading Description
      £71,180 Crew salaries 60% of crew salaries across fleet of 3 vessels
      £52,201 Vessel operation 60% of vessel operations costs
      £32,762 Vessel Refit 60% of vessel refit costs
      £62,082 Admin Salaries 60% of admin salaries
      £18,721 Admin Costs 60% of admin costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Essex Youth Trust £25,000 Conditional
    Jackson Foundation £15,000 Guaranteed
    ASTO £8,000 Guaranteed
    Augustine Courtauld Trust £4,000 Conditional
    Platt Davies £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We offer our service to youth organisations working with disadvantaged young people throughout the UK. Most of the groups come from areas of high unemployment or deprivation and those that don’t are working with young people who face difficulties in their lives that are likely to restrict their futures.


    Young people who come from dysfunctional family backgrounds or suffer deprivation and those who through no fault of their own are excluded from education or society. Others who have special needs, have suffered abuse, are homeless or have behaviour issues and some who just need a challenge to motivate them and give them direction.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Having been in operation successfully for over thirty years it is clear that the service we provide is valued by youth organisation across the spectrum. Many of our groups return to bring new groups of young people to benefit from the experience we offer. There are now also youth leaders who originally sailed with us as a young person themselves, organising voyages for young people in their care to provide them with the opportunity from which they benefited in the past.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Charles Anderson

    Trustee & Deputy Chairman - working closely with and supporting the General Manager

    Leonie Back

    General Manager - running the day to day business of the charity

    Vessel Crew

    Running the vessels and providing a safe and unique Cirdan experience to young people and their leaders