Solas clients set sail on voyage of discovery
A crew of 9 clients and support workers across Solas young person’s schemes this week set sail from Poole harbour on a 5-day voyage of discovery around the beautiful south coast.
A once in a lifetime adventure, the trip was organised by The Cirdan Sailing Trust, whose main aim is to provide a service to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.
The group live and work aboard a large traditional sailing vessel, alongside a professional crew, where they take a full and active part in running the vessel, as well as experiencing the challenges of life on the ocean waves.
The trip is an ideal activity for the young people to help develop essential life skills by taking them out of their comfort zone and placing them in an unfamiliar environment. Once on board the group become ‘active members’ of the professional crew and were divided into teams called watches. The skipper then decided how the watches were organised and what their responsibilities were. Everybody has been given their own individual role.
We are extremely appreciative to the Cirdan Trust for their support and for their offer of several last minutes voyages at a small cost, along with additional funding from themselves.
Land ahoy – the crew are due back on dry land on Friday 5th August.
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