The Royal Harwich Yacht Club founded the Woolverstone Project in 1993 and has supported the club in so many ways ever since.
The Woolverstone Project started life as a sub committee of the Club, but when the Woolverstone Project become a charitable trust it separated from the RHYC. This allowed the Woolverstone Project to take advantage of the gift aid that can be added to donations.
The Woolverstone Project then became an associate member of the RHYC and who support the Project by generously waiving the normal associate member fee. They also donate charitable funds that they receive, including funds from the Suffolk Council paid for recycling.
RHYC also help the Woolverstone Project in practical ways. The WP sailors and volunteers are allowed to use the RHYC changing rooms and other facilities without charge to themselves or the Project.
This year our sessions with the Thursday evening Youth Group, Thomas Wolsey School and Mencap Genesis will be partially funded by Sportivate. This is part of Suffolk Sport and Sport England and exists to support sports for disabled young people. The criteria which we have to fulfil for this funding is that the introduction to our sport can be sustained with progression to further activity and training. Thanks to the different areas in which we work; sailing for all ages, recreational sailing and training for certificates, staff and sailor development, we are ideally suited to comply to these criteria.
Many thanks to Sportivate for their funding.
RYA Sailability is a registered charity within the RYA and is part funded and supported by them. It exists to provide guidance and support for groups across the country who work with sailors with disabilities.
This support includes helping to finance training and equipment, providing help with finding and training volunteers and sponsoring and supporting events and regattas.
The Woolverstone Project has always worked very closely with RYA Sailability, providing a useful sounding board for ideas and developments.
The Suffolk Foundation generously supported some of our Youth Sailing sessions in 2011.