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The 2023 Young Ambassadors stand aboard Alba Explorer with their sea staff.

Our Young Ambassadors Have Landed Ashore!

On August 6th, after an action-packed ten days at sea, our Young Ambassadors finally reached their voyage end point in Oban.

Their challenge voyage started back in Lerwick, where young people set off amongst a crowd of tall ships taking part in the Tall Ships Races 2023.

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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

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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

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

OYT Scotland Launch Brand-New Website!

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 inclusive, accessible experience. Our new website not only reflects our commitment to innovation but also

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

The Impact of Youth Work Practice, with Gillian McDiarmid

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 plays in shaping the future of our youth and communities across Scotland. At Ocean Youth

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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.

Welcoming Our New Cadet

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 life before the cadetship and what she hopes to achieve in this position…  How did

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

Pilot STEM Project Sets Sail Thanks to Inverclyde Locals

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 sail work to passage planning, helming and domestic duties.  Teacher, Ms Afuakwah, said: “I loved

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The 2023 Young Ambassadors stand aboard Alba Explorer with their sea staff.

Our Young Ambassadors Have Landed Ashore!

On August 6th, after an action-packed ten days at sea, our Young Ambassadors finally reached their voyage end point in Oban.

Their challenge voyage started back in Lerwick, where young people set off amongst a crowd of tall ships taking part in the Tall Ships Races 2023.

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

Tall Ships Races 2023: Nathan’s Story

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 I found out OYT Scotland were entering their ex-racing yacht into the Tall Ships Race

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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 of sailing during their five-day voyage, from steering at the helm to rope, sail and

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CashBack for Communities Phase 6

We are thrilled to announce that we will be a CashBack For Communities Partner in Phase 6! Over the next 3 years starting from April, we will deliver our On Board with CashBack programme to a minimum of 248 young people from all over Scotland. This will be comprised of 6 groups in Year 1, 12 in Year 2 and 13 in Year 3. Our goal for this phase is

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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 recognises the long-term commitment and support of our 200+ volunteers who work tirelessly both on

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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 Postcode Lottery was delivered in November 2023, and came just in time for us to

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

OYT Scotland Launch Brand-New Website!

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 inclusive, accessible experience. Our new website not only reflects our commitment to innovation but also

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

The Impact of Youth Work Practice, with Gillian McDiarmid

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 plays in shaping the future of our youth and communities across Scotland. At Ocean Youth

Read More
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.

Welcoming Our New Cadet

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 life before the cadetship and what she hopes to achieve in this position…  How did

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

Pilot STEM Project Sets Sail Thanks to Inverclyde Locals

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 sail work to passage planning, helming and domestic duties.  Teacher, Ms Afuakwah, said: “I loved

Read More
The 2023 Young Ambassadors stand aboard Alba Explorer with their sea staff.

Our Young Ambassadors Have Landed Ashore!

On August 6th, after an action-packed ten days at sea, our Young Ambassadors finally reached their voyage end point in Oban.

Their challenge voyage started back in Lerwick, where young people set off amongst a crowd of tall ships taking part in the Tall Ships Races 2023.

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

Tall Ships Races 2023: Nathan’s Story

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 I found out OYT Scotland were entering their ex-racing yacht into the Tall Ships Race

Read More

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 of sailing during their five-day voyage, from steering at the helm to rope, sail and

Read More

CashBack for Communities Phase 6

We are thrilled to announce that we will be a CashBack For Communities Partner in Phase 6! Over the next 3 years starting from April, we will deliver our On Board with CashBack programme to a minimum of 248 young people from all over Scotland. This will be comprised of 6 groups in Year 1, 12 in Year 2 and 13 in Year 3. Our goal for this phase is

Read More

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 recognises the long-term commitment and support of our 200+ volunteers who work tirelessly both on

Read More

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 Postcode Lottery was delivered in November 2023, and came just in time for us to

Read More

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