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Ocean Youth Trust Celebrates £19,000 Funding Award From Scottish Children's Lottery

Greenock-based youth work charity, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYT), has been awarded a £19,000 grant from the Scottish Children's Lottery.

OYT Scotland supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing inspiring and challenging voyages to boost confidence, nurture life and social skills, and encourage teamwork.

Supporting more than 700 young people each year, the charity provides life-changing sailing journeys along the coastline of Scotland, lasting up to seven days, on which young people learn to steer, navigate, change sails and explore their environment.

The money from the Scottish Children’s Lottery will allow the charity to support more than 120 young people.

The charity is a tenant of Riverside Inverclyde's at Victoria House Business Centre.

Nick Fleming, chief executive for Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, said:

“We are extremely grateful for the support from Scottish Children’s Lottery, which means we can continue to support Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people in realising their full potential.

“These life-changing voyages will furnish young people with new life skills and academic qualifications, while boosting their confidence through an unforgettable experience –- not only increasing their employability but meaning they can make a greater contribution to society.”

The Scottish Children's Lottery was launched in October 2016, with proceeds helping to improve the lives of children across the country.

Trustee Alan Eccles represents Chance to Succeed, which operates as a society lottery under the Scottish Children’s Lottery - Chance to Succeed supports projects that focus on employability and employment skills, helping to deliver a productive future for our young people.

Alan said:

“Chance to Succeed believes that every young person in Scotland deserves a chance to be seen, prove themselves and forge a successful career for themselves.

"By supporting Ocean Youth Trust Scotland we hope to help deliver a productive future for our young people."

For more details on OYT, click here.
Published: 15 March 2019