Sailship Training and Learning for Life

Sailship Training and learning for Life is now a charity (registered charity number 1174081). Formerly Sailship CIC, we are Situated in the centre of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. We offer Work Skills Training/Vocational Enterprise and Social/Therapeutic/life skills provisions for adults (18+) living with a learning disability and adults who have a mental health support need, who wish to develop work skills and life skills, perhaps towards further training, employment or volunteering, or for meaningful activity within a day care setting. For other adults, Sailship affords opportunity for social interaction and psychological health improvements through its social and therapeutic provisions.

We are registered with Essex County Council as a Day Care Provider.

We are a registered ASDAN Training centre (Centre number 36202).

 The project offers two streams of opportunity:

Vocational Learning to include:  Horticultural Training, Cottage Industry Crafts Skills Training, Kitchen Crafts Skills and Retail Distribution, via the running of vocational enterprises dedicated to creating quality items for sale to the community and via online retail, to the public at large, with the optional opportunity to follow an ASDAN Employability Accredited Course, (Entry Levels 2 and 3, Levels 1 and 2) supported by trained Supports Assistants and qualified Tutors who offer a wealth of experience.

Social and Therapeutic Activities to include:  Participation in crafting activities and Kitchen Crafts and in particular, Horticulture- following the ‘Thrive’ Quality Assurance Scheme, offering positive outcomes for learning enhancement, psychological health, social interaction/communication and social inclusion, supported by trained Support Assistants and Facilitators.

Sailship’s overall purpose is to enable adults living with a learning disability, or mental health support need, or other rehabilitative condition, to achieve and maintain their potential in relation to physical, intellectual and emotional wellbeing. The overall direction is based on offering people the opportunity to use personal qualities and abilities to make a valued contribution. In particular, for some, the choice to pursue job and career paths – paid or unpaid/voluntary that match individual interests and skills, following appropriate work skills training and career guidance, or the return to employment for those in recovery and for those with complex physical/severe learning disabilities/mental health support needs, or for retired adults (who fit the criteria), a vocational enterprise and/or social and therapeutic provision, where they can enjoy meaningful work based, and/or therapeutic activities, both in the Enterprise Centres and in the local community. Sailship offers individual and bespoke choices to include:

  • ASDAN Accredited Vocational Training – Employability Entry level 2 and 3, Level 1 and Level 2 learning through participation in enterprise to achieve the qualification. Enterprise options include; Horticulture, Cottage Industry Crafting and Kitchen Crafts for Retail. These can be incorporated into the qualification individually or by choosing one or more areas.
  • Social and Therapeutic Horticulture for rehabilitation and recovery for adults with a learning disability and/or mental health support need and also for people who are recovering from illness/injury for rehabilitative work skills.
  • Day Care Activities and Life Skills. Gardening, Fine Craft projects, Heavy craft projects, Kitchen Crafts, money management etc.

Sailship also supports Parents/Carers too;

Parents/Carers/Volunteers in the wider Community can also come to Sailship to volunteer in the gardens or other projects, or to simply join our community here to enjoy the garden/allotments as a means of taking time out – ‘me time’.

Friends of Sailship;

We offer the opportunity to be part of the project as ‘Friends of Sailship’ to fund raise and/or to be part of a committee.

Who the service provides for

  • Adults aged 18+ with learning disability
  • Adults aged 18+ with a mental health support need
  • Adults challenged by dementia
  • Adults rehabilitating from illness/injury, wishing to regain confidence in work skills/life skills
  • Volunteers from the wider community
  • Parents/Carers

Hours of operation

Monday-Friday 10am-4.00pm

Email address

Phone number

01255 223665 / 07875639188


RGAT Allotments
Fairclough Avenue
Clacton on Sea
CO16 7EG