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The dinghies that are keeping homeless people afloat

The Wirral Dinghies project provides homeless people in Wirral with a place to go to learn practical boat refurbishment skills and develop social networks. From a workshop on the docks in Birkenhead, participants provide the local community with a boat repair service as well as renovating old disused dinghies which are sold to sustain the project.

Participants are supported to get back to a daily routine giving them the basic building blocks to get their life back on track and ensure their personal development via assistance with time-keeping, expected behaviour, work routine, vocational learning. They are also trained in more practical issues such as waste segregation to promote recycling, stock control, sales and marketing and interaction with the public.

This project was first run from 2009-2013 but had to close it due to funding cuts. They have now secured funding to so it is up and running again, and is having a powerful impact on the lives of homeless people. 

  • “The project saved my life, it changed things for me”
  • “Before I started I was just sitting around the hostel dwelling on bad things. So this has given me something productive to occupy my mind”
  • “It gives me purpose, a sense of achievement and wellbeing”

Instead of a constant focus on the issues and failings of homeless people which can be disempowering, they say they are showing people that homeless people have strengths and skills and something to offer the community. They are empowering people to get their life back on track.

Contact: Jacqueline Snell – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.07821163785

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