For over half a century, the Seacon Group has been supporting its customers’ needs by offering door-to-door transport solutions on the river Thames and beyond. The company was recently inspired by the work of the AHOY Centre Charity to offer its support to the transformations AHOY provides for young people.
A charity based in Deptford, the AHOY Centre uses the mediums of rowing, sailing and other water-based activities to support young disadvantaged youth and disabled adults. This enables people from all walks of life to participate in activities on an equal level whilst developing essential life skills and gaining recognised qualifications.
An important part of AHOY’s mission is a 15-month apprenticeship programme, which provides opportunities for young people to learn transferable skills and gain recognised qualifications whilst working toward gaining an NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership.
Having seen first-hand the difference AHOY makes and the opportunities it provides for young people, Seacon proposed a five-year sponsorship which will support the funding of AHOY’s apprenticeship programme, helping more young people to learn, re-engage and develop their own pathway to employment through the support of AHOY and their innovative activities.
“As fellow members of the Port of London community, we have got to know AHOY over the last few years,” says James Roth, Chairman of Seacon Group. “We are proud to support this amazing charity and the great work they do investing in young people and making a real difference.”
“We’re extremely grateful for the commitment shown from James and the Seacon Group to AHOY, funding is always a concern within the charity sector and a regular battle to secure year on year,” says Dan Sullivan of the AHOY Centre. “Having a long term relationship with supporters such as Seacon provides a reassurance that our activities can continue to operate at the level we wish. This is particularly true of our apprenticeship programme,, which at a time where young people’s education and futures have been widely affected because of the pandemic is needed more than ever.’’
Since the start of the agreement, support from Seacon has seen six young people progress through the charity’s apprenticeship programme. As they enter the third year of their partnership, a further 6 aspiring young people have enrolled and begun their journey of their pathway to employment.
“We want to be known as a flagship centre of water sports activities on the Thames” adds Dan. “We have a proven track record of gaining positive results for young people and hope that the support and impact Seacon is having on our charity inspires other maritime organisations to explore ways they too can support our work.’’
For further information about corporate partnerships with The AHOY Centre, please contact Jonny Grady, Corporate Fundraiser: Jonny@ahoy.org.uk
The AHOY (Adventure, Help and Opportunities for Youth) Centre works with hundreds of young people every year offering opportunities and training. Its primary objective is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk young people. All activities and programmes are focused on teaching transferable and employable life skills whilst offering opportunities for disabled people to participate on an equal level. Bringing together people from many walks of life, working as a community to help others, build life skills, self-confidence and team building. Registered Charity Number 1084122.
About Seacon Group
Founded in 1955 as Sea & Continental Waterways Transport Ltd, Seacon has offered its customers 'door-to-door' transport solutions for over half a century. Seacon Group Limited is a private company, owned by the Roth family. Our services are particularly suited to shippers of neo-bulk cargoes such as steel, metals and forest products. These commodities benefit from the combination of specialist ships and handling facilities we provide at Northfleet in the Port of London.