Who we are: Maryport’ Solway Sea Cadet Unit is a Registered Charity 507614
What we aim to do: Promote the development of young people (aged 10-18) in achieving their physical, intellectual and social potential as individuals, and as responsible citizens, by the provision of education and leisure time activities using a nautical theme.
How we do it: Having Fun! Usually safely out on the water whilst learning Sailing, Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking and Canoeing... sometimes in the water too!
Why we need help: Safety equipment, such as Lifejackets, are provided via National Sea Cadet HQ... but the waters off the North West of England are a cold place, and our self-funded Sailing Suits are old, worn and no longer suitable for the mix of ages and genders we have, plus we now help other Units and Groups of young people by acting as a Watersports hub ... getting young people out on the sea, safe, warm and having fun!
Who would you be helping: Young People in West Cumbria, the area we immediately serve, which has areas of high economic deprivation.
In short, this is not a sailing club, it is a mental and physical release from the struggles of life:
- Ewanrigg & Ellenborough are amongst the 10% most deprived Wards in England.
- More West Cumbrian children are in care than any other part of the county.
- A child born in Ewanrigg, Maryport (Allerdale) can expect to live nearly 20yrs less than a child born in Greystoke (Eden), a pair of communities just 30 miles apart.
- Child mental health admissions are >20% higher in Cumbria than the UK average.
We take young people, provide them with opportunities, and they thrive!