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Making a difference with the Scottish Children's Lottery

Greenock youth work charity, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, has been awarded a £19,000 grant from the Scottish Children's Lottery.

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing exciting, inspiring and challenging sailing voyages to boost confidence, nurture life and social skills, and encourage team working.

Supporting more than 700 young people each year, the charity provides life-changing sailing journeys along the coastline of Scotland, lasting up to seven days, where young people learn to steer, navigate, change sails and explore their environment, under the guidance of highly skilled staff.

The challenge provides an exciting and effective environment which helps young people to recognise the benefits of change, with the demanding work and the often unpredictable nature of sailing inspiring self-esteem, resilience and personal responsibility.

With the help of the Scottish Children’s Lottery, the charity will be able to support over 120 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across Scotland, including young carers, care experienced individuals and young people with additional support needs.

Nick Fleming, Chief Executive Officer for Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, said:

“We are extremely grateful for the support from Scottish Children’s Lottery, which means we can continue to support Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people in realising their full potential."

“These life-changing voyages will furnish young people with new life skills and academic qualifications, while boosting their confidence through an unforgettable experience – not only increasing their employability but meaning they can make a greater contribution to society.”

Each play in the Scottish Children's Lottery directly benefits children in Scotland. With the help of our loyal players, we have raised over £3.5 million - a fantastic amount and we don't intend to stop there!