Youth Group Voyages

Youth leaderboy climbing rigging smileys tell us they can achieve more during a week at sea than in months on dry land.

A voyage at sea is a powerful, positive and effective way of working with young people, in particular those who struggle in mainstream society. The experience takes them away from their usual environment, where for many the pressures and negative influences are detrimental to their development and well-being and places them in a confined but safe environment where, alongside their peers and fellow crew members, they face the challenges that produce positive outcomes.

pulling ropeYoung people and their youth leaders get involved in all aspects of running and sailing the vessel, both above and below deck – such as getting involved in planning and navigation, learning to cook for themselves and each other and keeping a tidy ship. They learn about themselves, develop an acceptance of others, develop a willingness to take controlled risks, discover hidden strengths and talents and gain an understanding of the value of working as a team.

Whilst we ask every group to make a contribution towards the voyage fee we understand the financial restraints faced by the youth sector so we raise funds for our Voyage of Discovery Fund to help you cover the costs.

For this reason we do not publish the voyage fee as the cost will depend upon the voyage, the type of group and what they can raise through their own resources.  We aim to make it affordable for all so any group interested in planning a voyage should contact us on 01621 776684 / info@cirdantrust.org to see how we can help to make it possible.connect preparing food crop

Our fleet of three very different vessels which sail from various ports around the UK can accommodate groups of various sizes of up to 16 people. We generally take young people aged 12 to 25 years but can work outside of this in some circumstances.