What we do
The Norfolk Boat helps the County’s young and disabled experience the challenge of offshore sailing. It gives them the chance to work as a member of a ship’s crew with all the personal development opportunities that this provides.
Contributing around £25,000 each year, the Charity covers part of the berth fees and encourages the participants to fundraise as much as possible for themselves whilst offering help in identifying other fundraising opportunities. Whilst everyone is expected and encouraged to raise as much money as possible themselves the charity has never turned anyone away and since 1982 it has helped around 150 people every year.
Sail training provides a structured environment with clear boundaries and a common purpose which is the successful completion of the voyage. The young sailors learn to manage themselves whilst interacting with others and boosting their self confidence. Each crew member plays an active part in sailing the boat including steering, handling sails, keeping a look-out, helping to navigate and cleaning, cooking and washing up.
The Charity uses sailing organisations who are members of ASTO (The RYA sail training arm – Association of Sail Training Organisations) whose boats sail around the UK, across to the continent and further afield. They include the Leila Sailing Trust, The Cirdan Trust, The Excelsior Trust, Jubilee Sailing Trust and Adventures Offshore. Voyages vary in length from two days to two weeks and generally take place between March and October. Every boat has a professionally trained crew.
Young people aged between 12 and 24 years old and disabled of any age over 12 years who live in Norfolk or the surrounding area can apply for funding from The Norfolk Boat. Whilst everyone is expected and encouraged to raise as much money as possible themselves the charity has never turned anyone away.
Working closely with schools, police, fire service and youth groups, The Norfolk Boat enables people from disadvantaged backgrounds enjoy a life changing experience.