Inspiring Ullapool’s Future Scientists and Sailors
This autumn for the first time ever, HWDT ran a youth trip out of Ullapool, free of charge to any young person aged 15 to 17 living in and around the remote and rural Coigach and Assynt landscape.
This unique trip was funded thanks to players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage as part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme, working in conjunction with the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas project.
Five adventurous young people joined the Silurian crew on board for the three day trip, along with Ruth Thompson, a teacher from Ullapool High School.
Over the three days the young people gained a glimpse into life on board a sailing boat and scientific research vessel, and they’ve been kind enough to let us know about the best bits in their own words below:
The crew would like to extend a huge thank you to all the young people who came on board and approached the trip with a positive attitude. You all took it in your stride, happy to get stuck in and work as a team and as a result the rewards have been enormous.
We would also like to thank Noel Hawkins, Living Seas Community Officer who was instrumental in the planning and organisation of the trip, as well as Ruth for all her help before and during the trip.
Finally, HWDT would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery through Postcode Local Trust, and the Robertson Trust for funding our education programme, which includes initiatives to break down barriers to success and inspire careers on the water, as this youth trip has so successfully done.