The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) and the Orpheus Centre are partnering for a 5-day voyage this summer. Songs on the Sea will start in Southampton on July 23rd 2018 and end in Portsmouth on the 27th. The crew will consist of five past and present students from the Orpheus Centre, their support 'buddies', skilled tutors and members of the public and will work with other education and charitable partners. During the voyage, the crew will write and rehearse a musical spectacular to be performed upon arrival in Portsmouth as the centerpiece of an in-port event celebrating diversity, creativity, ability, and breaking down barriers between disabled and non-disabled people.
The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist college in Surrey that specialises in performing and visual arts and makes dramatic improvements to young disabled adults’ lives. The Jubilee Sailing Trust operates the only two tall ships in the world which were custom built so that disabled people can sail as full crew members – challenging crew to do things they never thought possible, improving self-belief, confidence and showcasing the power of inclusive teams in an enabled environment.
Songs on the Sea will provide the chance for our disadvantaged and disabled voyage crew to increase their confidence and demonstrate new skills in front of an audience. It also offers effective team-working opportunities alongside nondisabled crew who will gain a deeper understanding of their needs and skills – challenging misconceptions surrounding disability and discrimination in an innovative way.