OYT North looks forward to its next 10 years

Ocean Youth Trust North, the only sail training charity based in the region, is celebrating the launch of ambitious new plans to help even more young, disabled and disadvantaged people to unlock their potential, after 10 successful years in the region.
OYT North, begun as an educational development charity for North East youngsters, is now embarking on its second decade of operation after celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2010. Its bright yellow boat the James Cook is famous across the North Sea, and the charity has sailed around the world, helping to change the lives of 1000s of individuals for the better.

This year will see OYT North launch a new range of services designed to help more individuals and groups than ever before.

Steve Lennon, General Manager of OYT North said: “Like all organisations we have faced financial pressure during the past 12 months. However despite these difficulties we have made good progress and have helped many people to make a real difference to their lives.

“In addition to our ongoing work with schools, youth groups, disability charities and hospitals in the region, in the last year we have worked in partnership with other charities using our sail training programmes as part of a bigger package. To this end we worked with Guide Dogs for the Blind to assist a crew of visually impaired people to sail a vessel up the river Tyne. We have also worked with the Cyrenians a charity who works with vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless people to help them make lasting positive changes in their lives.

“We are committed to continuing to widen our support and user groups in 2011 and will be announcing a number of new key relationships and accreditations over the coming year. More people than ever will have the chance to experience the OYT effect and use the experience to realise their ambitions.”

OYT North specialises in the personal development of young people through Adventure under Sail on their purpose built vessel James Cook. They work with young people between the ages of 12 to 25 helping them to become part of a real team. The young people develop their life skills by using their sailing experience as a tool. It can build up their self esteem and develop their awareness of the needs of others. Most activities onboard James Cook can be cross-referenced to the National Curriculum.

If you are interested in learning more about sail training opportunities, Contact Rachel at or phone the office on 0191 257 1212.

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