Make New Friends, Learn New Skills, Inspire a Lost Generation.
The Aim of the ‘Friends of Blyth Tall Ship’ is for adults (18 years and over) to support the three core activities of the charity (Training, Heritage and Expedition) by volunteering to work on particular projects, to train up in particular skills to support specific elements of the projects or to provide PR, fund raising or event support around these key challenges.
It was a team of the Friend's who recently put back together our Tall Ship in Denmark and sailed her home before her refit across the North Sea. Very brave.
The Friends are self managing and self supporting, with a Chairperson appointed by the Project head and reporting in to that individual. The Friends also have a place on the Executive body that meets 5 times a year and will nominate that person via a majority vote once a year. The Friends meet regularly at the request of the chair person to consider their activities and plans for the future.
While it is a fun and relaxed group of adults working to common goals in support of a charity, there are insurance needs to fulfill which are that:
- any person using the workshop has had a health and safety brief and has been trained to use the powered machinery safely before they use it.
- If they are going to work with children under the age of 16 without the supervision of a Qualified individual with a CRB check, that they become CRB checked and that this is maintained up to date every 3 years. This can be done through the charity.
The charity maintains insurance cover for all its activities including Volunteer activities involving working in and around the workshop and port archives.
The Friends also have fun away from supporting the project directly, organising social events and fund raisers.