OYT North recognised in SEN Magazine

The outstanding work that OYT North carries out with young people that have special needs has been recognised in SEN Magazine.

OYT North really understands the impact that sailing can have on the personal and social development of young people of all abilities. Recently featured in the SEN Magazine, OYT North's Steve Lennon explained how sailing can make a huge impact on the lives of young people with special needs. Although sailing is something completely out of the ordinary for most people, it is accessible to everyone. It has the ability to really inspire and motivate youngsters of all backgrounds and abilities, this is especially true for young people with special needs - it boosts their confidence and helps them to achieve more than they ever thought possible. You can read the full article here.

OYT North recently provided an exceptional experience for a group of young people from Woodlawn School, a special school in North Tyneside. The young people, aged between 14 and 16-years-old, were taught sailing skills by the OYT North crew over a four day trip around the North East coast. By the end of the trip they were all more confident and able sailors.

All the youngsters suffer from social and physical disabilities to some degree. Despite this, Ian Saunders, a teacher at Woodlawn School, said that taking the young people out on the water was a fantastic opportunity for them to experience life outside of their comfort zone. He said: “The group have very diverse needs and can find communication and social interaction difficult. However onboard they simply had to learn how to cope with others and develop their social skills.

"OYT North can tailor any voyage to suit any particular needs that your group has, and has a range of packages available.

To make an enquiry or to book a voyage with Ocean Youth Trust North, please call our Shore Based Team on 0191 2571212 or email We welcome all enquiries and are happy to discuss any special requirements that you may have.

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