Our pioneering pilot project, This Floats My Boat, launched yesterday with the training of our team of peer mentors. The project aims to use sailing as a catalyst for self-management through a peer support model. Our mentors, who are all current sailors with us, will be giving talks to local groups with our boats and providing one to one mentoring support for potential sailors to help them develop the confidence to come afloat with us.
The training covered the talks - what Chesil Sailability is all about, and what is important for them when starting to come sailing, concerns about the boom hitting their head, or catheter care on the water - and the principles of self-management support and mentoring.
This Floats My Boat Crew: (L to R) Hugh de Iongh, Anya de Iongh, Victoria Waller, Mave Foyle, Philip Hall, Angela Grinstead, David Ankers, Anaick Ankers, Dick Foyle and Tim Scarisbrick.
With personal experience of neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries, stroke, visual impairment and other conditions as well as being carers, we hope this team will able to connect with potential sailors, because they will have literally 'been in the same boat' as them once upon a time too!
: 5th Mar 2015 23:17:00