Oarsome Chance (OC) is a charity operating in Portsmouth & surrounding communities (like Gosport), aiming to positively impact the lives of disadvantaged young people aged 9 -19 years old who are currently:
• not succeeding in, nor engaging with, mainstream education.
• at risk of offending or being victims of crime themselves.
• not in employment or training.
The programmes we run and develop include:
• practical work in maritime workshops in Havant and Gosport (including much carpentry, building 'skiff' boats, paddles, oars and designing and implementing hull paint schemes and crew kit).
• on the water rowing on the boats made, entering events locally and further afield.
• ‘dry’ indoor rowing sessions on ‘erg’ machines.
• social enterprise activities through designing, producing and selling articles and accessories made from surplus sail and wood materials, and a bike recycling project.
The Oarsome Youth Hub
In order to extend our reach and offer our activities to more young people from the local area, OC plan to launch the 'Oarsome Youth Hub', a weekly club open to local young people to join, who will have heard of the club via promotion with local primary and secondary schools. These schools have cohorts drawn from the local areas, pockets of which are within the bottom 10% indices of social and economic deprivation in England and who often have very high pupil premiums. Up to 20 young people could attend each week.
We are looking for support to cover the set-up and running costs in 2019.
The Youth Hub idea came about due to the requests of young people already taking part in our activities. OC have run successful out of school sessions with local community groups and schools and we are very aware of the demand for this facility from the young people attending - there is very little opportunity for young people in these areas to gain access to their local water resource, particularly in the unique way that OC delivers the blend of creative / workshop and sporting activities. We have two young people who were previous participants in our activity programmes and who are now employed in helping us to deliver activities.
Young people who come along to the weekly club will be able to take part in workshop activities, for example they will be able to make their own wooden paddle in the carpentry workshop or canvas bag from recycled sails. Other activities will include rowing out on Forton Lake (Portsmouth harbour) as our Maritime Workshop has access to this tidal waterway, as well as dry rowing on Concept ergo machines. It will br a safe space for young people to go, socialise and try out new activities and learn skills to benefit their health & well-being. It will also provide refreshments and have a social feel in order to foster a community ethos & encourage peer support.
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