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Blyth Tall Ship has received over £636,000 in lottery cash for its upcoming community project

The coastal town is among the 10% most deprived areas in the UK and still suffers from third generation unemployment following the collapse of the coal and shipbuilding industries.

Like many communities, it has also been affected by the pandemic but now, thanks to the National Lottery grant, Blyth Tall Ship – which uses maritime heritage and traditional ships to deliver vocational training – will be able to fund its latest project.

Hundreds of participants will be able to take part in entry-level group activities to develop their skills and improve their own well-being and employability.

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Clive Gray, CEO of Blyth Tall Ship.

The new initiative will focus on those who are vulnerable due to lower levels of mental or physical health, the unemployed and those referred to the project through the social prescribing initiative.

Clive Gray, CEO of Blyth Tall Ship, said: “The pandemic closures have been particularly difficult for the well-being of our community and we are delighted to be working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to expand our maritime heritage programs to put implement these vital new initiatives. .

David Renwick of the National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “The past two years have been difficult for many heritage organisations.

“Blyth Tall Ship has shown incredible resilience to ensure it continues to serve its community by providing training opportunities and equipping many coastal town residents with impressive heritage skills.

A Blyth Tall Ship trainee at work.

“We are extremely proud that with the money raised by National Lottery players, we can support Blyth Tall Ship on the next phase of its journey and ensure it continues to make Blyth better for everyone in it. live and work there.

Since 2010, Blyth Tall Ship has built a culture of care and transformation for people on the margins of society by employing maritime heritage skills training and working with community volunteers to improve well-being and the employability.

Blyth Tall Ship has already completed several projects with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that have resulted in the restoration and preservation of unique heritage vessels, including a 100-year-old tall ship; research into the extensive shipbuilding past of the Northumbrian coastal town; and the provision of many paid internships in the shipwright skills of the 1800s.