IT WAS an exciting morning for the young participants of a YFF sail as Great Grimsby MP Lia Nici, the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire David Hasthorpe and a team from ITV’s Calendar waved them off from the Grimsby dockside as they departed for London.
A life-changing opportunity for the young people taking part, the CatZero crew have embarked upon an 8-day sail which will see them arrive at the capital on July 28. The 11 Youth Futures Foundation (YFF) participants will enjoy a unique chance to learn about the wider fishing industry and the jobs and exciting careers available across the sector, which they will then be able to apply to the real world of Grimsby. It also ties in with CatZero’s drive to encourage its work-ready participants into work through opportunities provided by local business and industry.
Participants will spend a day being hosted by the Fishmonger’s Company who will take them on tours of Billingsgate Fish Market, which is the largest inland fish market in the country, and the Seafood School, also in Billingsgate.
YFF programme manager Pete Tighe said: “We are very lucky to have been invited by the Fishmonger’s Company to see around these significant fish industry locations and the experience will give the YFF participants a unique insight into future careers within the sector.
“Everyone is very excited for the trip and see it as a fantastic opportunity.”
Youth Futures Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established with a £90m endowment from the Reclaim Fund to tackle youth unemployment. The one-year programme delivered by CatZero is designed for marginalised young people under the age of 25 to experience a whole range of motivational activities which will ultimately help to remove any barriers to sustainable education and employment.
CatZero offers a bespoke YFF programme of activities designed to address underlying issues and to identify the things which are holding a young person back. The participants are referred either through schools, external agencies, CatZero’s Full Families programme or they are self referrals.
Pete explained: “We have to build trust and a relationship, which we do through a number of activities during the year. The London sail is just one part of it; while undertaking action planning sessions, we take part in water sports, go rock climbing and there is also the chance for participants to complete short courses, such as first aid and food hygiene.”
The Grimsby to London trip, which ultimately ends in Plymouth, will see the participants, all under the age of 18, take on a number of responsibilities during the sail down the east coast, including helming, cooking and cleaning.
Sean Cahill, the CatZero programme manager who will be supporting the young people throughout the journey, said: “They will be taking it in turns to do day and night watches, they will have to work together as a team and hopefully they will make some new friends.
“Once we arrive in London, we will be three days into the trip and everyone should be excited to be in the capital and ready for our tours. We are also mooring at St Katherine Dock, which is a lovely part of the city and very close to Tower Bridge.
“We hope that it will be a very fulfilling and productive adventure for everyone involved.”
The Grimsby to London sail is being supported by the Youth Futures Foundation, the Hawerby Trust, the Fishmonger’s Company and the fish sector.