CVSS is run entirely by volunteers. We launch sailing and powerboats, act as buddy sailors, helm and crew safety boats, prepare the site, maintain the boats and equipment, welcome sailors and ensure they are correctly prepared for sailing and help them in and out of boats (using a hoist if required).
We liaise with BLYM (our host sailing club), the RYA, Councillors and local officials; we raise funds, produce publicity material, maintain the website, visit schools, apply for grants, prepare our accounts and give presentations to the public.
When someone wants to volunteer – we find them a job.
Volunteers mostly come from the local area but some travel many miles to support the group. The 90 or more regular volunteers are aged between 15 and 94 and some are disabled themselves. Some are retired; some are in full-time employment or education, house-husbands, carers and job-seekers.
Training is provided to match the interests of individual volunteers and the needs of the organisation: above all – to ensure the safety of everyone.
Training includes: first aid, power boat and safety boat driving, sailing skills, radio use, child protection training and disability awareness.
CVSS is a pilot site for the RYA Volunteer development scheme and we always spend a significant part of our annual income on training.
You do not need to have worked with disabled people or have sailing experience to volunteer: you just need to want to work in a team, to help disabled people sail and enjoy the experience. Some volunteers work 4 days a week during the sailing season and others work 3 hours every fortnight. We accommodate many different levels of availability.
Hot and cold drinks and biscuits are available to all volunteers on sailing days.
All adult CVSS volunteers have a mandatory DBS check.
If you'd like to get involved, please get in touch