Sea.Change programme at UKSA

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Charlie Fairclough, Schools and Group Administrator at UKSA talks to us about how 2022 is shaping up on the South Coast, the appointment of a new Youth Ambassador and the training provider's promise to provide at least 50% funding for every child on their Sea.Change programme.

With Spring now just around the corner, we understand that UKSA is busier than ever with bookings and with schools and groups visits - why do you think that is?

I think the increase this year shows that more and more young people are choosing to spend time outdoors and looking at training and careers that allow them to do that. We're seeing students younger and more determined than ever to take control of their careers, choose alternatives to university and ultimately work towards a goal of seeing the world - UKSA gives them a great opportunity to realise that dream.

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You've just appointed Dee Caffari as your Youth and Mental Health Ambassador, why was it important for you to create this role?

We wanted to raise awareness and find solutions to help young people whose mental health has been affected by falling below the poverty line, having less time outdoors, school closures and reduced employment prospects.

UKSA has had a partnership with Dee for many years and as we try and make a difference to young people and provide opportunities that many are not offered, having Dee in this role is invaluable, particularly as a former teacher. Now, more than ever, programmes like the ones at UKSA which help youngsters with life skills and prepare them for the workplace are vital.

Dee Caffari announces new role with UKSA as Youth and Mental Health Ambassador

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As a national maritime charity, it's critical for you to raise funds to help children who do not have the means to participate in residential trips, how does his work?

We believe that all young people have a need but there are obviously those that require greater support. Even before the pandemic, 4.3 million children were living in poverty in the UK, up 200,000 from the previous year - and up 500,000 over the past five years. That is 31% of children.

Many young people will therefore miss out on experiential learning opportunities because schools, local authorities and parents simply cannot afford to pay for them.

With the generous support of individuals and donors, we have up to 100% funding available for children who do not have the financial support to join their classmates on a residential trip.

You've just secured funding for your 5-day Sea.Change programme which gives every child a contribution of up to at least 50% towards course fees, tell us more!

UKSA's inspiring Sea.Change Foundation Programme is for 14- to 17-year-olds who enjoy adventure and being outdoors.

The five-day programme introduces youngsters to a range of fun activities including paddle-boarding and dinghy sailing, power boating and yachting. Suitable for complete beginners and for those who have already dipped their toes into the water, our experienced instructors are there to support trainees every step of the way.

Students also learn about training and working in the maritime industry or in watersports. Superyacht deck officers and crew, merchant seaman, watersports instructors and yacht skippers are all regular jobs for our graduates. The course is also for youngsters who simply want to come and have fun for a few days with some like-minded people. They don't need any knowledge or experience; they just have to be excited about learning something new.

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  • Price: £225 including food and accommodation. Thanks to the Sea. Change Foundation, UKSA are able to provide 50% funding for every young person (usually £450), for this course. If the price is a barrier, please let us know as there are additional funding options available. If parent/guardian receives any financial support from the government for example Free School Meals, Pupil Premium or Universal Credit, the child will be eligible for a fully funded space
  • The Sea.Change programme is available for schools and groups to book during term time and also for parents to book on an individual basis during school holidays. Available dates for school holidays are: 11th - 15th April / 18th - 22nd April / 29th May - 2nd June / 25th - 29th July / 1st - 5th Aug / 8th - 12th Aug / 17th - 21st Aug / 22nd - 26th Aug

BOOK or find out more
01983 203045 schools@uksa.org
uksa.org/seachange


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