A warm welcome for new volunteers

Cowes Sailability Club is eager to welcome new volunteers who can help run sailing and boating activities for people with disabilities.

Cowes Sailability Club is once again inviting islanders to get in touch if they have time to help run sailing and boating activities for adults and children with disabilities. New volunteers can get involved in all aspects of the club from organising trips and supporting disabled people to helming boats.

Following several retirements, volunteer positions are also available on the management committee, so new volunteers can become actively involved in the operation, administration and development of the charity, which was founded 20 years ago.

Sara Sari (pictured above) joined Cowes Sailability Club last year and is one of the club’s newest volunteers. She thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent supporting trips for disabled children and their families during Cowes Week 2021 and would like to encourage other people to get involved.

“I like to help people and have had a really positive experience of volunteering with Cowes Sailability Club,” she says. “Cowes Sailability is full of really nice people, who are cheerful and kind and create amazing opportunities for people with disabilities. I enjoyed being with the families of disabled children and saw for myself just how beneficial boating and sailing trips are.”

“If you are thinking about volunteering with Cowes Sailability Club, just give it a go,” she adds.

Cowes Sailability Club runs weekly sailing activities for adults and children with learning and physical disabilities on Monday afternoons from Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes, from early May until late September. It also organises boating trips annually during the Cowes Week Regatta in August and at other times throughout the year for groups from organisations that support people with disabilities.

Outside of the sailing season there is still plenty for volunteers to do, from fundraising and training to organising events. The club also arranges social activities, so volunteers can get together and have fun throughout the year.