Project information

Opportunities Afloat

A residential watersports 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 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: UK Sailing Academy

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  • Need

    Need

    It is estimated that 700,000 London children live in poverty; when schools break up, many are left unsupervised and without access to healthy foods, leaving them vulnerable. Few also have opportunities to learn and play outdoors in their holidays. This can lead to an unhappy and unfulfilling summer break. The lack of opportunities also means that youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds are being left behind at school in terms of attainment compared to wealthier peers - we want to help.

    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, boost their self-esteem 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


    Aim 2

    To provide supervised activities and healthy meals to participants


    Activities

    » Provide a full-board residential watersports programme, including supervised morning, afternoon and evening activities, with all meals provided.

    What success will look like

    Participants' attendance on the residential programme.


  • 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 for testimonials from some of the children 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 over 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 donors with email updates whilst beneficiaries are at UKSA and a further update in September. Donors will also be invited to a lunch to meet beneficiaries during one of the trips. We would also prepare a formal report for The Childhood Trust and any other major donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,260

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,050 Staffing costs Salaries for watersports and activity instructors
      £3,672 Equipment Maintenance and use of watersports / activity fleet and equipment
      £3,436 Participant food/accommodation Full board for 36 participants for 5 days/4 nights
      £1,836 Participants travel Travel for 36 participants to/from the Isle of Wight from London
      £879 Group leader costs Food, accommodation & travel for 6 x group leaders
      £1,387 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, who are eligible for pupil premium. We will select those young people through existing connections with inner city schools, academies and youth groups. Our fundraising target would enable us to offer this opportunity to 36 youngsters, accompanied by group leaders.

  • 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.

    Gary Kurth

    As Watersports Manager, Gary oversees all of our watersports programmes and will be overall responsible for instructors delivering activities.

£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