Looking beyond… Then seeing it through…
The Tectona project is evolving steadily, and the world of care for drug mis-users is changing. The emphasis is coming more towards the idea of Recovery as a life-long process, where personal development is the key. This is good news for us; our approach all along has been that traditional rehab often does not address the underlying issues that caused someone's drug problem in the first place.
For us, the sea is the power we are harnessing. We are growing our understanding of how people become enabled and empowered through sail training and use this knowledge to optimise the experience we deliver.
Currently we are working to adapt our provision for people who aim to get into Recovery but do not already belong to a TC such as Phoenix. Reaching them and working successfully with them is our current objective.
Tectona is loaned free of charge to The Island Trust who employ the staff and also meet the costs of maintaining the vessel. Tectona's operational plan gives the Tectona Trust up to 8 weeks of a 'normal' 28-week season to use her for Recovery Voyages.
Key to our success are the Sea Staff on board Tectona: Conall (Skipper), Darren (1st Mate) and Hannah (2nd Mate) are outstanding people doing a demanding job. They are employed by the Island Trust, and spend the lion's share of the sailing season (March to October) sailing Tectona with crews of young people from local schools and colleges, The Princes Trust, Marine Academy Plymouth, Exmouth Community College, etc. We are very grateful to them and the Island Trust for the superb work they do.
Our 'envelope of care' involves Recovery people working towards their time on Tectona, including the need to show they are abstinent, in the lead-up to the voyage itself. This is an exciting time because other people's stories help you to see you are going to really enjoy it! We now have a pre-voyage get-together where the about-to-be crew can talk about their expectations (and perhaps anxieties) for their voyage, and get some grass roots information directly from Stuart or Roger.
After the voyage there may well be an emotional dip where extra support is needed to avoid relapsing. In fact we want Recovery people to stick with the project in whatever way they can.
Sailing on a Tectona Recovery Voyage means you have joined a unique group of people who have had some special times together and can work and sail with us again in the future. Thanks to our Donors, the Tectona Trust provides financial support for people's travel and accommodation for these activities. For more info, contact us at: email@example.com.