What we do
OutSailing organises day trips and residential weekends out of the water. The main activity is sailing. The young people are taught the basics of sailing with qualified instructors. The focus of the activities is on building confidence and new skills among the young people, raising their aspirations and helping develop their social skills in a safe environment. S&CA members attend the activities in a support role, to share the experience and to provide positive LGBTQ role models. We also offer kayaking for those that don’t take to sailing. Whatever the activity, the aim of is the same. Fun out on the water.
Where we do it
We take groups of young people from cities to participate in various water activity and sailing academies around the country, using established training academies and water activity centres. The centres provide structured activities with qualified instructors. All are members of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) or other governing boards such as the British Canoe Union (BCU).
So far, we have run events at:
- UK Sailing Academy (UKSA), Cowes, Isle of Wight
- Hollingsworth Lake Water Activity Centre, Rochdale
- Coquet Shorebase Trust, Ladyburn Lake, Northumberland
- Lagoon Watersports, Brighton Marina.
- Bewl Water, Kent
Who we work with
We work in collaboration with charitable organisations that support the young people in their day-to-day lives.
- The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people in crisis. Every day they deal with the effects homelessness can have on young people’s lives. It has offices in London, Manchester and Newcastle.
- Allsorts is a project based in Brighton to support and empower young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- Breakout Youth based in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Offer a confidential support service for young people aged 11 to 21, who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or unsure of their sexuality or gender identity.
Why we do it
These young people are going through a difficult experience, either living in a hostile environment or having been made homeless after coming out as LGBTQ. Although the various organisations like AKT , Allsorts and Breakout Youth work with the young people on a day-to-day basis, the lack of family support, difficulties and the prejudice they have encountered and continue to encounter can result in a loss of confidence, low self-esteem and limited aspirations. Their opportunity to try new experiences, to work with others and to make new connections may be severely limited by their home circumstances or financial position. Few have experienced positive LGBTQ roles models within their home, learning or workplace setting. OutSailing aims to provide a very positive experience for the young people, helping them to learn something new and develop new skills as part of a teaming a safe and supportive environment.