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Sailing 2 Cohesion

Project Status: Closed

Building community cohesion and independence through sailing & volunteering

Sailing 2 Cohesion aimed to empower and connect able with disabled children and young people, building a stronger sense of community and social cohesion in South East London.

Delivered in partnership with Tideway Sailability, a charity committed to making sailing accessible, Sailing 2 Cohesion connected our local community through sailing and volunteering. Working in Southwark (Greenland Dock), the project reached out to both able-bodied and disabled young people from marginalised backgrounds, helping them to build skills and connect with others.

Sailing is a hugely rewarding activity, allowing participants to develop self-confidence, learn team-building skills, gain a sense of autonomy, and connect with their community. Sailing 2 Cohesion brought young people with disabilities together with their able-bodied peers from different social, economic, and racial backgrounds. By helping them to work together as equals, participants brake down stereotypes, build bridges, and form friendships.

Participants learned how to sail using equipment specifically designed around disabilities, and aided by coaches with a huge amount of experience in accommodating people of any ability.

Project Aims

Sailing in Greenland Dock (London)
Participants learned to sail, and will have access to boats, equipment, and expert coaching. Sailing will took place at Greenland Dock and occasionally up the river.

Volunteering & Social Action
This is a youth-led project falling within our wider Balancing Power Youth Programme of the youth-led FRED campaign.

Tideway Sailability allowed participants to compete with each other in regattas, alongside helping each other to learn and develop skills.

Download the Developing Disability Networks Toolkit here.

We sailed every Sunday from 10:00am – 15:30pm.

With thanks to the London Marathon Charitable Trust and London Sport for making this project possible.

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