Project information

Opportunities Afloat

A water-sports and sailing summer camp supported by our Skills for Life framework for disadvantaged young people. Through sailing and outdoor activities, beneficiaries will have fun learning to work together effectively, fostering confidence, resilience, and a sense of independence and freedom.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: UK Sailing Academy

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  • Need

    Need

    Nearly half of London children live in poverty. Research shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are being left behind at school in terms of attainment compared to their more affluent peers; few also have opportunities to learn and play outdoors in their school holidays, or even to access healthy foods. This can lead to an unhappy and unfulfilling summer break for many London youngsters.

    Solution

    Our project would use sailing and watersports to help participants to develop confidence and life skills, by pushing them out of their comfort zone in a safe, supportive environment. We hope that the residential programme, which would bring youngsters to the Isle of Wight participating in totally new activities with accommodation and healthy food provided throughout, will broaden participants' horizons and provide them with an exhilarating summer experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To allow children in more difficult circumstances to broaden their horizons and develop life-skills


    Activities

    » Provide a residential watersports programme supported by our Skills for Life framework for disadvantaged young people at our academy in Cowes.

    What success will look like

    Participants will be asked to rate and comment on their self-assessment of six core life skills and, when they have completed the course, they will be asked to reassess themselves


  • Impact

    Impact

    We would expect our beneficiaries to demonstrate higher enjoyment of learning, enhanced confidence and a greater willingness to try new activities.

    As well as staying in touch with their school or youth group to share longer term evidence of impact, we will ask the children to send us a postcard by Christmas to tell us how they are getting on.

    Risk

    UKSA has specific risk assessments and standard operating procedures for all activities.

    Over the past thirty years we have welcomed 150,000 people through our doors and out onto the water. We offer programmes accredited by the British Canoe Union, Royal Yachting Association, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Maritime and Coastguard Agency, amongst others.

    All of our instructors are fully trained and qualified to deliver the activities on offer, in line with safeguarding standards.

    Reporting

    We will provide a quarterly update from UKSA and an end of project report within 6 months of project completion.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,309 Staffing costs Salaries for watersports and activity instructors
      £3,000 Equipment Maintenance and use of watersports / activity fleet and equipment
      £2,807 Participant food/accommodation Full board for 30 students for 5 days/4 nights
      £1,500 Participants travel Travel for 30 participants to/from the Isle of Wight from London
      £718 Group leader costs Food, accommodation & travel for 5 x group leaders
      £666 Overhead costs Booking and administration costs
  • Background

    Location

    UKSA is based in Cowes, the heart of yachting and an inspiring backdrop for young people to aim high. The Isle of Wight has a myriad of places to explore, many of which situated in an AONB. UKSA is the largest training provider of our type in the world with a fleet of sailing dinghies, water-sports equipment, ribs and yachts. Our on-site dormitories and showers enable us to meet the safeguarding needs of our young people while providing entertainment and on-site catering.

    Beneficiaries

    This project will benefit disadvantaged young people aged 8-18. We will select those young people through existing connections with inner city schools, academies and youth groups.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    UKSA is the largest training provider of our type in the world with a fleet of sailing dinghies, water-sports equipment, ribs and yachts. Our on-site dormitories and showers enable us to meet the safeguarding needs of our young people while providing entertainment and on-site catering.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ben Willows

    As Chief Executive, Ben oversees all of UKSA's work, reporting to our board of trustees.

£90

Once doubled, will pay for a whole day of activities, healthy food and accommodation for 2 children

“I see every day the impact of this (child poverty and deprivation) and how it can result in low confidence, low self- worth, low mood and low aspirations. Many of our children miss out on life’s opportunities and the experiences that many other children enjoy because of cost and mind-set…..”

Caroline Sice, Head Teacher, Lanesend Primary School