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8 Nov 2017

Please support us by voting for our project in the AVIVA Community Fund Competition

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Thank you to everyone who has already voted - please keep sharing and voting click on https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3424

and cast 10 votes for the Staunton Harold Sailability Trust project in the AVIVA Community Fund competition. We need to get as many votes as possible from members, friends, family and supporters so that our project reaches the AVIVA Community Fund finals, where a judging panel will award the funds. We currently have 1,520 votes but need many more votes to ensure that we reach the final and hopefully win funding for toilet/changing room facilities for disabled participants at the club.

A little bit more about the 'competition' - the Aviva Community Fund offers the chance for funding for important community causes. It will finance over 500 projects across four different fund levels and four categories within communities throughout the UK.

So what is our project? The club is looking for an award to fund specialized changing and toilet facilities for the disabled within the existing sailing club environment. Staunton Harold Sailing Club has an ongoing objective to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take up the sport of dinghy sailing. To meet this objective, the club has invested significantly in promotion, training, volunteers, facilities, and equipment.

The club has developed a program to work with local disability care organizations to encourage and introduce the disabled in our community to the sport. 

We have been providing sailing opportunities for disabled children from our region for many years through a special annual day. Additionally, we have been holding monthly sailing sessions for the disabled through the summer. This year we ran seven sessions which were attended typically by 24 children at each session. We also encourage siblings and parents to join in with either a sailing activity, powerboat activity or onshore activities. Whilst this has been an obvious success, we have had to use our club facilities which are designed for the able bodied, and by relying on the generosity of others who very occasionally lend us specialised equipment.

To allow us to be completely self sufficient and unrestricted in our objective of providing opportunities to the disabled, we have created the “Staunton Harold Sailability Trust”, an inclusive and sustainable organization, and registered Charity, to manage and develop our own facilities and training for the disabled. This permanent organization is managed by a number of knowledgeable and experienced trustees from within our club and from “Umbrella”, the established and well respected organization for the disabled in south Derbyshire. Whilst located at Staunton Harold Sailing Club, The Trust will be self supporting financially and run entirely by volunteers, working closely with local organizations and the Royal Yachting Association Sailability program. All the planning, training and maintenance of boats and facilities will be done by skilled and knowledgeable volunteers who have significant pride in their work with the disabled.

By offering dedicated facilities we hope to make sailing as accessible as possible.

Thank you for your support and please encourage as many of your friends and family as possible to vote for our project.