Dolphins are proving an inspiration for those in Aberystwyth affected by substance misuse – thanks to a link up with marine research charity Sea Watch Foundation.
Six participants on a Peer Mentoring scheme run by the charity Cyswllt Contact took part in a dolphin watching course which included a land watch from Aberystwyth Castle – and now several are committed to taking part in the National Whale and Dolphin Watch which is also being run by Sea Watch from July 27- August 4.
Sea Watch Sightings Officer Danielle, who ran the training course, said: “I was bombarded with questions, and although the weather meant we had to cut the land watch short, it was wonderful to come across such enthusiasm. I am delighted that some of the trainees are going to be taking part in the national watch , and I hope they in turn will be an inspiration to others.”
Anyone can take part in the national watch. Details are at www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk
Cyswllt Contact. Senior Mentor Joy Coughlan said: “We were delighted to be offered the chance for our volunteers to learn more about conservation from the Sea Watch team. The participants enjoyed themselves thoroughly, finding the experience both therapeutic and enlightening. There is also a very positive impact of being introduced to an activity which they can become involved in, which has the purpose of helping local scientists understand local populations of dolphins and porpoises. We look forward to collaborating with the Sea Watch Foundation in future and we are very pleased to do our bit for conservation!”
One trainee taking part said: “I really enjoyed our Dolphin Watch Training today and I intend to take part in volunteer land observation from now on. I learned the difference between dolphins, porpoises and whales and how to identify them as the correct cetacean. Thank you!
Another commented: “My highlight of the day is we learnt the difference between dolphins and porpoises and some of the reasons why they act the way they do in the water. Very enjoyable. Am committed to Sea-Watch!”
Peer Mentoring is an all Wales service for people who are 16 or over who are affected by substance misuse and are economically inactive. It provides a range of opportunities to increase self-confidence and motivation through Mentored support into training, volunteering and steps to employment.
Many thanks to Cyswllt Contact! www.recovery.org.uk
If you are interested in setting up a training course with Sea Watch – contact firstname.lastname@example.org