What does it take to be a volunteer with Telford Sailability?

  • Can you spare a few hours on either a Monday or a Friday at any time between April and October
  • You don’t need to know how to sail, as we can teach you
  • You don’t even need to go on the water if you don’t want to
  • If you don’t want to, or cannot come to the lake there are other jobs that need doing
  • There are always maintenance jobs that need doing

 

What would you get out of helping Telford Sailability?

  • We can teach you how to sail and rig the dinghies if you don’t know
  • You could do you powerboat level 2 course, and help on the safety boat
  • Take a first aid course
  • Take a food and hygiene course
  • Learn how the outboards engines work
  • But most important of all, see what it means to enable someone with care needs fulfil a dream and sail, with the biggest smile. Priceless

Some of our Volunteers, what they do and why they help

Hi my name is Brian. I have been with Telford Sailability since it started in 2011. My Mother was disabled and would have loved to have been given the chance to come sailing. I help getting the dinghies out, rigging them, sailing and putting the dinghies away again. I like telling people what I do. Paul is teaching me how to sail.

Hi I am John, I was unemployed last year, for a few months, when I saw on ww.do-it.org.org that Telford Sailability need help. I help with the dinghies, sail and help with doing risk assessments. I also help on the committee. Paul is also teaching me how to sail. I will be doing my powerboat level 2 qualification and will be able to drive the safety boat soon. Telford Sailalabity has helped me turn my life around.

Hi my name is John, I’m ex-navy. Retired for a number of years and thought my sailing days were over. I sail now twice a week when I can, through the summer months but also like being down the lake meeting others. I am the treasurer on the committee.

Unfortunately on 21st February John passed away, and will be sadly missed by all at Telford Sailability

Hi my name is Chris. I have been sailing at Telford for four years. I am hoisted into the dinghies. I am up to the gold level on the Sailability training scheme. Last year I joined the committee.

Hi I am Diane, Brian’s wife. I have been coming for nearly as long as Brian. I help getting the dinghies ready, meeting and greeting our sailors and helping them with the lifejackets and waterproofs. I have never been sailing or on the water because I do not want to. I love seeing the smile on our sailors faces when they come off the water.

Hi my name is Nancy.  My favourite thing (after eating other people’s lunch) is to go very fast in the safety boat.  My dad laughs at my ears flapping in the wind but I don’t care!  I love it when the sailing boats need towing away from the bank because it gives me an excuse to pretend to be a figurehead.  I love to fetch sticks out of the water if people are kind enough to throw them for me.

Hi, my name is Hamish.  I love to welcome the sailors when they come down to the lake.  I get lots of cuddles and tummy tickles.  I like to go in the sailing boats if I am invited but most people seem to like sailing on their own – I can’t think why as I’m so affectionate when I’m soaking wet!  My sister and I usually sit in our beds in the back of dad’s car until people are happy for us to be running about.