Menai Strait’s Heritage Sailing

Menai Strait’s Heritage Sailing grant from the Radcliffe Trust, was used to offer training opportunities via an apprenticeship in marine engineering, whilst also offering engagement with members of the community in general but specifically targeted at the most isolated through the GP Social Prescribing Scheme.

Polly (the apprentice) says ‘Thanks to The Radcliffe Trust for risking investment in this project.  I believe that some of the early significant funding from you, gave the Trustees the confidence to commit to the project and it is going well.  I am very proud to be part of the project’.

Polly has attended college one day per week and so far her apprenticeship has been very successful.

Roy, pictured below, was referred to Menai Strait’s Heritage Sailing through social prescribing. He is an 84 year old man diagnosed with dementia, he was keen to sail and despite being significantly cognitively compromised is physically fit. He insisted on sailing in a race saying ‘there is no point in just going for a sail’!   Whilst sailing, he spoke of his expertise in boat restoration, it became apparent that Roy had actually owned and worked on the boat he was sailing in during the 1960’s and 70’s.