There is something about sail training and working with young people that massively inspires. Seeing the positive change in a young person after just a few short days; helping them push their boundaries and discover their true potential is very humbling.
Becoming a volunteer is not just about getting the opportunity to go sailing but in helping make a positive change in a young person's life. There are many ways you could get involved with Morvargh from joining the team (called Afterguard) sailing our yacht, Helen Mary R, to helping with refits, or even fundraising. Whatever your contribution may be, it is extremely valuable to us, we couldn’t do the work we do without your help.
I arrived in Plymouth for the Round Britain Challenge thinking the young crew didn’t know how lucky they were.
The truth was I was the lucky one.
Paul, Volunteer Mate
How to get involved
We are looking to fulfil a specific fundraiser volunteer role (work from home, no time commitment) to help support the work we do with young people. This role is pivotal to the success of the Project and would have a direct impact on the work we do with young people. The fundraiser role could become a paid position depending on success. We envisage that the fundraiser would research potential / new sources of funding. Suggest which funders to approach. Draft applications. Help track which funding applications have been submitted and to whom, including tracking whether successful or not. Inputting to discussions on fundraising strategy and plans and new ways of fundraising.
Also needed in the Project family is someone who may be able to help in building our community and engaging with schools, youth groups and businesses to promote the objectives of Morvargh Sailing Project. Responsible for liaising and networking and helping to fill berths on our voyages. As with the Fundraiser, this role could become a paid position depending on success.
General volunteering ashore
There are many ways you could get involved ashore, from helping with vessel refits to fundraising, the choice is yours. We are always interested in hearing from people who may be able to help us further the aims of the Project.
The Afterguard is made up of volunteer Skippers, Mates, Watch Officers and Watch Leaders without them we simply could not operate. We are always keen to hear from anyone with a real interest in the welfare of young people, and with yacht sailing experience, who wishes to join us.
A young person who has sailed with us before
At the end of a sailing trip, the Skipper can put forward crew members who have leadership potential for our Watch Leader training process. Once they have completed their training, undergone a DBS check (if over 18) and gained their ASTO Safeguarding certificate, they can become Watch Leaders in the Project. From here, if they want to continue sailing with us and give something back to society, they can become Watch Officers then Mates and ultimately Skippers.
Potential Adult volunteer
The other route to becoming a Volunteer is for adults who have previous sailing experience or qualifications. You need to fill in an application form and once approved, you will need to be DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) cleared and have completed the ASTO online safeguarding course, or equivalent, before being permitted to sail. You must have at the minimum the RYA Day Skipper Sail qualification or be able to prove competence to that level. Subsequently, you can progress to Mate (RYA Yachtmaster Coastal with Commercial Endorsement) and then Skipper (RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement).
Time Commitment for members of the Afterguard
When volunteering as a member of the Afterguard we require that volunteers dedicate a certain amount of time to the Project. We ask for no financial contribution and you can sail as much as you like with us, but as a minimum, we require that you:
- Take part in an annual training weekend at the start of the season
- Help during the vessel's refit over the winter period
- Sail at least once per year
If you're interested in volunteering please complete our volunteering form.