Ocean Youth Trust North: a report on the social impact of sail training

Prince, Heather and Fletcher, Eric (2019) Ocean Youth Trust North: a report on the social impact of sail training. (Unpublished)

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This Social Impact study was commissioned by the Ocean Youth Trust North (OYT North), a sail training charity based in North East England to the University of Cumbria working with a Lead Researcher at OYT North, Dr Eric Fletcher. The research sought to bring together immediate feedback from participants on their sail training experiences (end of voyage feedback) as well as eliciting the meaning that these experiences have had on the lives and aspirations of young people in the longer term. The project also sought to fill a gap in research about the impact for other types of beneficiaries in sail training – the full-time and volunteer sea-staff, and stakeholders who might support or sponsor young people on these voyages. The study uses multiple data sources including an online questionnaire, interviews and focus groups (in 2019) in addition to naturally occurring data such as ship’s logs and reports, end of voyage forms, social media posts and correspondence. This range and quantity of data provides evidence that sail training experiences provide rich and powerful experiences in the lives of participants and others who vest time and commitment for OYT North. The findings from the research are that all the key differences that sail training have made to participants relate to social impact. 95% of the respondents immediately after the voyage felt that they were more confident in what they could do and 100% of the respondents felt that they did something during the voyage that they thought that they could not do (2015 & 2016 data, n=270). Using all the datasets, the main impacts of sail training were identified as increased self-confidence, a greater appreciation of one’s capabilities and respect for, and cooperation with others.

Item Type: Report
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Heather Prince
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 11:37
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 08:45
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4789


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