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Providing disadvantaged young people with opportunities to make memories and build confidence.

BDH Community Ventures (BDH) is proud to announce its support for Sea Cadets 2022 ‘On the Water’ programme. The support from BDH sits alongside funding from North London Estates Partnership, Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership and gbpartnerships foundation, providing fully funded opportunities for 9–14-year-olds from under-privileged backgrounds to take part in a series of water-based activities.

On the Water will take place in Liverpool, Birmingham and London across the Summer, providing participants with the chance make new friends, learn new skills, build their confidence, increase their health and wellbeing through exercise, have fun and leave with a recognised sailing qualification at the end of the programme.

BDH and gbpartnerships will work with the Sea Cadets to engage with community organisations operating within the postcode areas that the BDH LIFT estate is located. This work will specifically aim to reach disadvantage young people living within postcode areas that are in close proximity to LIFT buildings. The LIFT estate will also be used to promote the On the Water programme and work of the Sea Cadets along with plans to use the buildings for the delivery of first aid training for Cadets and host events.

Mr Martin Coles CBE, CEO Sea Cadets commented:

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone at BDH Community Ventures, Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership, North London Estates Partnership and gbpartnerships for their support in making our On the Water outreach programme a reality for so many young people this year.
Sea Cadets looks forward to offering life changing experiences for young people that would otherwise have no opportunity to sail, paddle, kayak and more. For so many these experiences will be an eye-opener to the world of maritime adventures, qualifications and even careers.”

Sea Cadets are the UK’s largest maritime youth development charity, training 14,000 young people every year. Learning life skills through water-based activities. Sea Cadets have 400 Units and 9,000 Volunteers, all helping young people achieve their ambitions and goals through skills training & development.

The On the Water programme has been successful at reaching out to hard-to-reach groups, with 8 in 10 young people who attended in 2021 matching at least one category which qualifies them as hard-to-reach.

Feedback from Parent, Birmingham site:

“My children participated in On the Water 2021. They thoroughly enjoyed their time and learnt some fantastic new skills…... My three have never experienced such activities and I doubt I’ll afford something like it again. I wish something like this was available more often. I would like to thank Megan, Jane and all the other staff for all their hard work and time.”
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