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Sail Boat Project CIC

We are a Workers’ Co-operative (registered as a Community Interest Company) established in 2009, providing a range of learning activities based around sailing. We are a sail Training Centre, recognised by the national governing body, the RYA. We are also a RYA Sailability organisation. This means we uniquely bring together sail training with community work, working towards one of our core aims of widening access to the sea. Services like our own boat tuition and boat charter act as an income stream for community work such as Recovery Sails in partnership with addiction recovery services and Dementia Sails.

5 January 2018
South East
Community organisations, Education Sector, Recreation, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We are working with dementia organisations like Dementia Adventure to provide sailing activities for people with dementia and their carers. With careful planning we want to offer quality outdoor experiences that may otherwise be avoided as too risky. We are seeking dementia activists to take part in our early dementia sails to help give us feedback and design future dementia sails. That way we can put people living with dementia at the centre of this project and learn from them what works best. By promoting our dementia sails through south coast sailing clubs we hope to contribute to a growing awareness of dementia in these communities.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Skippers, staff and volunteers have attended dementia awareness training and we have managed to integrate our organisational learning from this easily into existing policies and procedures. The challenge will be working sensitively with the needs of people living with dementia on the water in a way that keeps everyone happy. We have put in place various review methods to make the sails run smoothly for everyone and for all involved to be able to contribute any feedback.

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2. Actions

  • Update Policy: Assessment of risk for sail training on our vessels

    We have identified 11 additional challenges under a 'Dementia specific risk assessment' and come up with solutions for each challenge. This was created collectively with skippers and volunteers following practical exercises involving our vessels and thinking about what we had learnt about dementia in a recent training.

  • Attend launch of DAA Brighton and Hove to develop contacts in the dementia community

    We attended the launch with publicity for our dementia sails and met with all the groups with stalls there. This was followed up by emails and phoen calls to and has led to initial expressions of interest in the subsidised activities we are offering.

    Being implemented
  • Dementia friednly signage onboard our training vessels

    We are designing a range of visual signage to help people orientate themselves onboard our vessels - light switches, how to use a sea toilet, what's in the various cupboards. This will also be of use for all custoemrs onboard.