A St Joseph’s Voyage

St Josephs 2014This is the story of twelve intrepid adventurers who arrived on a warm Sunday evening in Maldon, Essex to find the Thames Barge ‘Reminder’ sitting on thick mud.

Arriving on the Thames Barge ‘Reminder’ is always an amazing experience for the Year 4 pupils and staff from St Joseph’s College in Ipswich. All thoughts of timetables and deadlines quickly fade, the group are now governed by the wind and the tide.

Under the expert eye of skipper Richard Titchener and his crew, the experience is unique. The children live and serve together to sail the barge on their annual adventures around the rivers and coasts of Essex and Suffolk. There are no set mealtimes or bedtimes, only the gentle rhythm of two watches working together. Read the rest of this entry »

Inclusion Ventures 2015

Inclusion Ventures 2015“During the Whitsun school holidays a group of 9 young people aged 13-18 years of age and from Jaywick accompanied Inclusion Ventures staff on a 4 day sailing trip aboard the ‘Reminder’, an old Victorian barge. All young people in attendance regularly attend Inclusion Ventures youth group sessions.

On Tuesday 26th May, the excitable group made the journey to Maldon quay, where they were greeted by the Sea Change Sailing Trust Team of Richard, Hilary and Dan. Here, they were put into working teams and shown”  Read the rest of this entry >>  (plus photos here)

Seamanship Training On A Smack

Tom maintains the rigThis season 1907 Class 2 Aldous sailing fishing smack Sallie is joining us to provide seamanship training for our returners group, the Youth Sailing Scheme.

These photos show our current Shipshape Network trainee Dan Taylor helping to get her ready for sea at Downs Road Boatyard, Maldon following her insurance survey and coding inspection.

Meanwhile last year’s trainee, Tom Cook (pictured) is undertaking a rigging job at nearby TS Rigging. He regularly attends Cutty Sark too, maintaining her rig.

St Joseph’s Latest Voyage

St Josephs 2015We work with a wide range of young people. Every year St Joseph’s joins us from Ipswich with the youngest group with whom we sail and boy do they like it, even though sometimes the weather can be less than ideal. These photos show how they fared during part of their time with us.

St Joseph’s unique environment is shaped by their ethos, which combines strong Christian values with a distinctive approach to supporting and nurturing each individual child within a friendly, family setting.

The Adventures Of South Quadrant

CSS South Apr15South Quadrant is an OFSTED ‘outstanding’ Pupil Referral Unit that covers the southern part of Essex and last week a group joined us for a sailing residential. Photos

Children’s Support Services South engages every student in their academic, social and personal development, enhancing their skills and increasing confidence in themselves and in their future.