What we got up to!
The first course of the new 2-day Disability Awareness Training (DAT) took place on 7th & 13th April at ARC Learning in Union Mills.
Celton Manx, based in the IOM business park, is kindly sponsoring the training through their Recognition Awards 2019. This is their social responsibility programme that benefits local good causes, 22 in total this year.
The “guinea pigs” who took part in the sessions were Arne Dahn, Martin Sewell, Neil Johnson, Anthony Charnley, James Penn, Bob Bartlett and Carole Quayle.
The aim of the first day was to raise awareness of good practices in relation to supporting individuals with a disability when sailing with SFTD. We looked at equality, types and levels of disability, and communication using discussions, group & pairs work and practical demonstration. The attenders contributed a great deal with examples of their own experiences and we all learnt from hearing and sharing these.
Day 2 s’ overarching theme was Risk Assessment- not as onerous or terrifying as it first sounds! It included: using safe postures while helping our sailors to move around the boat, safe and hygienic use of the galley/food preparation, helping sailors in the correct use of the heads, and addressing health/hygiene needs.
As it was the first new DAT course, all attenders were asked for feedback, comments & suggestions on the content. This will help to “fine-tune” future courses so that they are exactly what SFTD needs to enable our crew to provide our sailors with safe, knowledgeable and enjoyable experiences when aboard.
The course also provoked debate about some of our existing operational practices and this will go to our Skippers & Mates group for further discussion.
Here are some of the comments received from the feedback-
“Very useful session- looking forward to next week”
“I found the dialogue relating to body language and how to discuss a disability sensitively insightful and worth taking forward”
“I thought the session was informative …….the content was excellent, and I certainly learnt from the day”
“The practical aspects were enlightening, recovery into a wheelchair especially relevant”
The next course is on 5th & 19th May and is fully booked. Please contact me if you would like to attend one later this year.
Tributes have been paid to a "true Manx gentleman" who passed away on the 6th April at the age of 87 after a lifetime of "selfless commitment" to the Isle of Man.
Jack Corrin served as the most senior judge on the island between 1988 and 1998 and supported a wide range of Manx charities.
The Manx Blind Welfare Society (MBWS) said Mr Corrin had made "an outstanding contribution" to island life. Along with his late wife Pat, he championed the charity for 50 years.
We wholeheartedly agree with this with Mr Corrin being a former patron for our charity for many years.
We would like to pass on our deepest synpathies to his daughter, relatives and friends on his sad loss.
Martin and Debbie ran a mulled wine stall at Port Erin Traders' bustling Christmas fair last December, kindly giving all the money raised to Sailing for the Disabled. What a jolly way to raise funds! The mulled wine was delicious and a fantastic total of £350.00 tinkled merrily into our collecting bucket! A big thank you from us all, Martin and Debbie!
A big Thanks goes to all benefactors who donated in total more than £1,100 in memory of Mr Charles Coleman.
We are very greatful and we will strive to give our members as much happy moments sailing as Mr Coleman had.
Today is the START OF THE NEW SAILING SEASON. We are looking forward to see as many members as possible on the boat for either a short sail, a day sail or a weekend or week sail.
The membership fee is still set at a minimum of £10 but you can make any payment above this figure. Its remarkably good value and not only does this cover your sailing but also your teas and coffees whilst out sailing. So if you haven’t paid your membership yet, PLEASE PAY NOW !
If you pay by cash it would be even more helpful if you were to start paying by standing order, this saves you the effort paying each year and also helps the Membership Secretary. The SO form is available here.
The address to send your money and completed SO form to is: Monica Clark, 42 Wybourn Drive, Onchan,IM3 4AN