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 […]

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 […]

Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award

We are truly thrilled to announce that Ocean Youth Trust Scotland has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service‘s Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award. This prestigious award recognises 20 national charities whose work empowers young people aged 16-25, and who have volunteers at the heart of their operations. For OYT Scotland, this […]

OYT Scotland’s New Van!

Christmas has well and truly arrived! Thanks to the incredible support of the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, we have our much-needed new operations van – this will be a great asset for future voyages, and is already proving its worth at refit! Our brand new hybrid van, purchased with funding from the People’s […]

The Power of Exchange and Impact of Erasmus+

As part of Youthlink Scotland’s Policy Convention, our Youth Development Worker, Gillian McDiarmid, was asked to contribute an article about her experience of exchange programmes and their value within youth work. In September, Gillian was invited to Poland and Hungry for two separate training conventions, both of which were funded by Erasmus+. Flying out two […]

OYT Staff Team Future Planning Day

Out of Office Our staff team are down in Largs Sailing Club today, so please be aware that any phone calls, emails or messages will not be answered until tomorrow. We will be sharing biscuits, exchanging stories from this season, and planning for an amazing 2023. Thanks all! OYT Team

Thank You To Our Trustees

This week is #TrusteesWeek, and we are celebrating the wonderful individuals who serve, support and steer OYT Scotland. Like the volunteers who support OYT Scotland, our Trustees donate their free time, skills and energy to help guide the Trust. Their knowledge and experience is invaluable, and it ensures that we continue to provide the most […]

Youth Work Week 2022

It’s #YouthWorkWeek2022 and today’s theme is Equality and Rights At OYT Scotland, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to realise their potential. Young people should be heard, valued and supported; their learning and development should nurture self-confidence, optimism and responsibility, leading them towards positive outcomes. However, not all young people are given […]

Cooking Up A Storm

A massive thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, made possible by players of the National Lottery, for funding our ‘Cooking up a Storm’ project, which will see two specialised ovens installed aboard our vessels! These ovens will not only provide much-needed sustenance to our hungry sailors, but they will also allow us […]

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