Alba Venturer Turns 25!

Alba Venturer sailing in Iceland.

On Saturday 20th April, our longest serving vessel, Alba Venturer, celebrated her 25th birthday.  This 70-ft Bermudan ketch was gifted to the young people of Scotland from our patrons, Curly and Barbara Mills.  Since then, she has supported thousands of young people towards brighter futures through youth work on the waves.  On Facebook, we asked […]

Trustee Spotlight: Paul Dobie

Trustee, Paul D

How did you first get involved with OYT Scotland?  Many years ago, I had seen an Ocean Youth Club boat in Oban, and that prompted me to do some research into what the organisation did. It looked like something I’d enjoy getting involved in but, back then, I had too many other demands on my […]

Join Our Board of Trustees!

Picture of Alba Venturer with her sails up on a clear, calm day. The crew are standing at the boom and smiling to the camera (which is on another boat).

As we approach Ocean Youth Trust Scotland’s 25th anniversary, we are looking to recruit up to four new Trustees who will bring fresh ideas, enthusiasm and a willingness to help change the lives of young people from across Scotland.  To keep us sailing in the right direction, we are looking for applicants with experience in […]

25th Anniversary Training Seminar

An OYT Scotland volunteer presents to a room of delegates. The attendees are of mixed ages and all are wearing dark colours, some with OYT Scotland branding.

“The Annual Training Seminar is a key opportunity for OYT Scotland staff, volunteers and young people to receive training across a range of subjects,” said OYT Scotland CEO, Hazel Wiseman.

An Update from the Refit Yard

The mast is pictured laying on its side in the yard of Fairlie Quay Marina, with Largs in the background.

At James Watt Dock Marina with Alba Explorer  For the last few weeks, we have been focusing on rust-busting. The team have opened up the heads and galley so that we can get access for rust-busting and painting. Now we just have to put it all back together! At Fairlie Quay Marina with Alba Venturer  A […]

Our 2022-23 Annual Report is now live!

Two young people pose at the front of the boat in their red and green waterproofs. In the background, it is clear skies and choppy waters.

After months of hard work, we are delighted to publish our Annual Report for the 2022-23 period.

This report highlights the successes of our first full sailing season after the Covid-19 pandemic. It highlights the significant contributions from our volunteers, the recognition OYT Scotland received for its work, and the transformative impact of youth work on the waves on the young people we support.

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 […]

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