We are a Social Enterprise

Port Edgar Watersports CIC was set up as a Community Interest Company (CIC) limited by guarantee because we want to use the Centre to make a positive social difference in the world.

As a social enterprise our:

  • Focus is on using the Centre to support disadvantaged adults and young people living in Scotland. We have a specific focus on people who are homeless and those with experience of the care system in Scotland, but we welcome anyone who could use watersports to move towards a more positive future.
  • Assets are locked into the business.
  • Profits are reinvested back into the company to ensure we offer everyone a high quality experience and to achieve our social aims.
  • We are signed up to The Code – Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland.
Our Social Impacts Programme

Our Social Impacts Programme aims to make a real positive difference to the lives of care experienced people in Scotland. Statistics published by Who Cares? Scotland show the inequality experienced by people in the care system in Scotland. We also work closely with Streetwork, a Scottish Charity working to support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Homelessness is an extremely complex issue and the research shows that people who are homeless have a significantly reduced life expectancy, a 50% chance of having a long term mental illness and are 9 times more likely to commit suicide.

We believe watersports are an excellent way to develop skills to overcome a range of challenges and improve life chances, particularly in relation to education, unemployment and health.

Watersports offer a fantastic opportunity build skills in a very hands on learning environment. As a training centre most of our courses work towards a nationally recognised qualification but our primary focus is the development of soft skills. Skills which are portable, transferable, and valuable such as; self confidence, emotion regulation, stress management, persistence, patience and self growth.

We work with participants to develop a course that meets there needs and can run anything from a one off introductory session to a 12 week skills development programme.

Courses are fully funded or heavily subsidised. To do this we rely on donations and funding. We are able to lead, or be a key partner in, funding applications which increase the watersports opportunities for disadvantaged people at Port Edgar Watersports CIC.

We recognise that longer term support is much more effective than one off events. Once a course is completed we continue to work with participants to help them stay engaged with watersports and build on the skills they have learnt.

If you would like to support our Social Impact programme please click DONATE to be take through our booking system or you can use PayPal by clicking on this    button.

100% of your donation goes towards giving disadvantaged people in Scotland the chance to use watersports to make a positive difference to their future.

If you would like to know more please contact Caroline on 0131 319 1820 or email caroline@portedgarwatersports.com