ABOUT US – What We Do

Sea-Change provides residential opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to learn and develop in a unique environment. By living and working together aboard a traditional sailing vessel they participate in a wide range of life skills and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contribution and group decisions. We offer a graduated set of programmes from entry level tasters to extended residential periods with accreditation.

Who is it for? Young people who are . . .

  • Not in employment, education or training (NEET)
  • Young offenders, or those in danger of offending
  • Experiencing social exclusion
  • With special needs
  • Challenged by traditional educational settings
  • Considering a maritime career

Sea-Change Programme can provide . . .

  • An alternative approach to education in a unique setting
  • Learning through activity
  • Individual learning plans with ongoing mentoring
  • A structured, safe, yet challenging environment
  • Accreditation
  • Traditional sailing and seamanshiptraining

What makes us unique

Our approach concentrates on high quality personal support and training with ongoing mentoring, entrenching the development of small groups of students for the long term rather than limiting the experience to time spent aboard.

The support we offer once our clients have returned home is, we believe, unique in our sector. It enables us to continue personal support after they have returned from a programme and to sustain them between programmes. As they are often from very disadvantaged backgrounds it is critical in encouraging lasting, positive outcomes that boost confidence and self esteem.

Growing numbers of young people who have sailed with us as members of groups request the opportunity to return independently, to build on their experiences and to obtain accredited training. This is the basis of the Sea-Change Youth Sailing Scheme.

Costs should not bar any student from undertaking a programme and a bursary scheme may be able to assist where other avenues of funding have been explored.

Our Philosophy

Sea-Change has introduced a Sailing Barge Training Course for young people considering maritime careers. It ties in with a significant policy document that was prepared for us by two of our trustees, Professor Francis Douglas and Paul Bowen. Please read ‘The Cargo Carrying Thames Barge Under Sail – Our Vision, Our Philosophy’.

It has also been elegantly summarised by sailor, writer, broadcaster and Sea-Change Appeal Patron Tom Cunliffe and is the basis of our ethos.

To learn more and to discuss your group’s requirements please contact us here.