Young Carer Voyage Featured on BBC Children in Need

Group of young carers stand on the pontoon of James Watt Dock with Pudsey the bear. There is a film crew in front of them taking a picture.

On Friday 17th November, ten young carers took to the nation’s screens for BBC Children in Need 2023.  The programme followed East Ayrshire Young Carers as they joined us for five action-packed days aboard Alba Explorer.  One young person spoke to the Children in Need team about their experiences as a young carer: “My mum […]

OYT Scotland Launch Brand-New Website!

Screenshot of OYT Scotland's new website, with a sleek and modern design.

After months of hard work, we are now thrilled to launch our brand-new website! Eleven months ago, we set out on a mission to create a new website that would accurately reflect our work and the scope of our impact. We wanted a site that would champion community, support our volunteers and provide a more […]

The Impact of Youth Work Practice, with Gillian McDiarmid

Gillian and young people pose together for a photo while on a youth exchange in Hungary.

As Senior Youth Development Worker with Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, I have had the privilege of witnessing the profound and lasting impact that youth work can have on the lives of young people. As we celebrate Youth Work Week 2023, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the significant role that youth work […]

Welcoming Our New Cadet

New cadet, Hannah Staal, sits aboard Alba Explorer with a print-out of a map. In the background, there is a sheer cliff face and other vessels.

We are thrilled to welcome Hannah Staal to the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) Scotland team as our new Cadet! Hannah took up the post on 6th October 2023 and has since delivered our final On Board with Cashback voyage of the year with the New Scots.  We sat down with Hannah to talk about her […]

Pilot STEM Project Sets Sail Thanks to Inverclyde Locals

Young people pose on the deck of Alba Venturer with group leaders, volunteers and sea staff

On 11th September 2023, 10 young people from Clydeview Academy joined us for a pilot STEM voyage aboard Alba Venturer.  The first of its kind, this voyage was designed to take the traditional STEM subjects and approach them in a new and exciting way.  Young people embraced all aspects of the voyage, from rope and […]

Tall Ships Races 2023: Nathan’s Story

Nathan and fellow crew mates pose on Alba Explorer for a photograph. In the background, you can see a 3-mast tall ship.

I’m Nathan. I joined my first OYT Scotland voyage in Autumn 2019 and had the best time. Since then, I have volunteered on three more OYT Scotland voyages and plan to work up to my Watch Leader soon.   I’ve always wondered what it would be like to push an offshore yacht to its limits. When […]

Millennium Centre Youth

Ten young people, five days, one life-changing voyage…   On Monday 29th May, ten young people from Millennium Centre Youth, Stranraer, set sail on a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  For many of these young people, stepping aboard vessel Alba Venturer was their first time at sea, but they didn’t let that scare them.  The group undertook all aspects […]

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