Inspire and be Inspired

There are many ways you could get involved with Morvargh from joining the Afterguard, to helping with refits, or even fundraising. Whatever your contribution may be, it is extremely valuable to us, we couldn’t do the work we do without your help. View the tabs below to see how you could get involved.

Sea Staff or Afterguard

The word Afterguard is a traditional term used to describe the staff on a sail training vessel, our Afterguard are volunteers who have some sailing experience and/or have a real interest in the welfare of young people. They volunteer their time to sail onboard Helen Mary R and help young people in their watches (a team of young people). Full training is given and members of the Afterguard can progress through our rank structure all the way to Skipper.

We are always interested in hearing from anyone with a real interest in the development of young people and who may have yacht sailing experience. Our volunteer Mates, Watch Officers and Watch Leaders are the backbone of the Project and without them we couldn’t carry on the work we do. To become a sailing volunteer you will need to sail with us as a Supernumerary.

To do this we would require you to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check and would normally expect you to be an RYA Day Skipper. The Afterguard assist the permanent Skipper on voyages that range from evening taster sessions to our full six day youth leadership programme. Our volunteer Skippers, Mates, Watch Officers and Watch Leaders are the backbone of the project and without them we would not be able to operate.

Join the refit team

Helen Mary R undergoes a major refit every year from late November to February. The refit and maintenance is carried out almost entirely by volunteers. Most people come to the refit for a weekend or a few days but any help you could give is greatly appreciated. We particularly need volunteers with experience in diesel engines, painting & varnishing or electronics.

Fundraising Volunteers

We are looking to establish a core fundraising team to help Morvargh generate funds to continue the work we do. You could organise a small-scale fundraising event, or if you are not confident about fundraising yourself, you can still help to create fundraising opportunities for others. For example, if you have connections with a local organisation such as a Rotary Club or sailing club, which might raise some money for us, you might be able to arrange an opportunity for someone from the Project to come and give a talk to the club.

Shore support team

Even if you don’t want to be on the water you can help! There are many other ways that you can help us on shore, from general admin support to marketing and PR, your help is invaluable. By helping ashore in any way you will help us reach more young people and expand the valuable work we do.

Volunteer Sign-up

If you are interested in volunteering with us, complete the form below and we’ll be contact you as soon as possible.


Please Note: Mórvargh Sailing Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders or volunteers are required to be vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service.