Skylark IX Recovery Project volunteers mark a staggering 450 hours!

The Dumbarton-based Skylark IX Recovery Project marked this year’s Volunteers’ Week by presenting three longstanding boatbuilding volunteers with certificates recognising a total of 450 hours of commitment.

During Volunteers’ Week, which runs between 1 – 7 June each year, Volunteer Trainee James received a certificate for reaching 200 hours of volunteering in the Skylark IX Recovery Project’s Boatbuilding Workshop. Volunteer Trainee Bob received a certificate for 150 hours and Ronnie for 100 hours.

All three Volunteer Trainees have helped build the Skylark IX Recovery Project’s first community rowing skiff at the Project’s Boatbuilding Workshop in the Scottish Maritime Museum (Denny Tank) on Castle Street.

Awarding the certificates, Jae Bradley, Boatbuilding Project Manager, said:

“Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.

“We’re hugely grateful to James, Bob and Ronnie who have worked painstakingly on our first community rowing skiff which we hope will sit at the heart of a new rowing club in Dumbarton.

“As they’ve learned more about the heritage and story of Skylark IX, they’ve also become terrific ambassadors for the Skylark IX Recovery Project.

“Along the way, they’ve gained too. They’ve developed new skills, built confidence and can now rightly call themselves Boatbuilders.“

Boatbuilding training for those recovering from addictions at Alternatives Community-based Recovery and Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol is a core programme for the Skylark IX Recovery Project, which cares for the Dunkirk ‘Little Ship’ Skylark IX.

This year, the Project hopes to establish a rowing club in Dumbarton. The town was home to a successful rowing club until interest declined in the mid 1920s.

To register interest in the Skylark IX Recovery Project’s rowing club, email [email protected]

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