Taymara’s projects past and present

Children in Need

Culminating in September 2014 and funded by Children in Need, this project carried a total of 158 people for educational and therapeutic boat trips on the Tay. 85 of these were children with serious illnesses, who were accompanied by siblings, parents and carers. The children learned about the Tay, the environment, history, seamanship, navigation and how to drive the boat. Suprisingly, the latter activity was more popular than seeing the ever-present bottlenose dolphins!

Thank you for taking us on a boat trip to see the dolphins. It was the best boat trip EVER! The best bit was when we got to drive the boat and the other best bit was when we got splashed in the face by the boat.I hope I can come again soon and I hope to ride the Badger as well.

Love from L.

Creative Breaks

A hectic season in 2015, lasting from May until the end of October, saw us take a total of over 300 carers and their cared-for out on the river. The passengers, coming from Angus, Fife and Perth and Kinross, were treated first of all to a lesson in boat driving which was held in Victoria Dock, Dundee, a session on how to tie knots, and a tour of the North Carr lightship. They then proceeded out to sea on Badger for trips of varying lengths. As with the project for children, they were given extensive tutorials and they thoroughly enjoyed driving Badger. The dolphins were the star turns, most of the passengers never having seen them close up before. This project was funded by Shared Care Scotland.

We had a fabulous and memorable afternoon on Badger. Thank you so much.

Anonymous survey return

Young Start

Running until the end of 2017 and resourced by the Big Lottery Fund, Young Start trains prisoners aged 20-24 in vocational and transferable skills which will enhance CVs thus improving their chances of gaining employment. The qualifications enable them to take up paid work on safety boats and other commercial vessels once they leave prison. Challenging though the programme is, often operating in the open during periods of inclement weather, this programme is the most popular on offer at Castle Huntly open prison. Together with its partner programme B.O.A.T., variously funded by the Voluntary Action Fund and Comic Relief, Young Start has trained 44 prisoners to a high standard whereby they have achieved three internationally recognised qualifications. Some of the successful candidates will progress on to a project funded by the Al Maktoum Foundation which will enable to gain commercial endorsement of their qualifications.

That’s the best fun I’ve had since I was a kid.

Young prisoner after a fast run on Catalina)

Time for Life!

This project provides positive and stimulating experiences for children mainly between the ages of 5 and 18 who are affected by a medical condition such as cancer. Funded by Children in Need and The Robertson Trust, it will provide interest and activities to relish and share, including the thrill of riding on a range of vessels from a fast rigid inflatable to a 40 ton launch. Not only will the children have the opportunity to watch a variety of wildlife such as dolphins and seals, they will also be given an appreciation of the many secrets held by the United Kingdom’s largest river in terms of outflow. Heritage, history, environment and industry will all be covered by our expert guides. The children will be introduced to various milestones in the river’s history, visiting for example the precise site of the Tay Bridge Disaster, and they will view the workings of Dundee’s modern port facilities from the seaward side.

Time for Life! commenced riverborne activities in the Spring of 2017 and trips have already been enjoyed by a considerable number of children. Discover more about Time for Life! by opening the Project Flier

‘…..it is clear you’re doing a very lovely thing and I’m sure it makes the world of difference to the children and their families, that it benefits.’

Macmillan Cancer Support

‘What a lovely experience – especially steering the boat. (My daughter) was very nervous about coming as something new, but had a lovely time.’

‘My son…..has done amazing and loved every part of this experience.’

Parents of recent participants