DSG Blog Spring 2019

Winter 2018/Spring 2019
The Development Steering Group has been going for several months now and members will be delighted to know it’s making steady and positive progress in a number of important areas.
Since September (last blog), constructive contact was made with key folks at Active Devon, and the RYA. Both have had a look at our Development Plan and provided some valuable feedback on this, our broader performance as a club compared to other, similar clubs against various measures, and how we can improve our chances for external funding. They also made several recommendations, which, if implemented, will help sustain the future of NDYC, including but not limited to…

 Sport England’s ‘Club Mark’ status sign-up; a cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs. ‘Club Mark’ requires high standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management. NDYC already satisfies most of these requirements and we are working to meet the remainder.

 RYA’s ‘On Board Programme’, which gives young people the chance to try out sailing in a safe, fun, structured environment. The days run by the club for schools meet some of the requirements already. We now need to look at how we move more of the young people who come to our taster days through into the Cadet Programme.
And whilst it’s clear we have a great volunteering base already, we need to be providing even more attractive volunteering opportunities to our wider membership, and encourage as many members to get involved as possible.

Following the valuable feedback, the Club’s Development Plan was recently approved and signed-off by the GCM, and members may have already spotted that it is available to view under the ‘About’ section.

What else is the DSG doing ‘on the ground’

Aside for developing the long term aims and aspirations of the club, at a practical level, we are looking at an affordable and environmental wash down facility that will reduce our impact on the waters at Instow.
We are also actively looking at ways to improve the slipway, although it’s worth adding that future enhancements to the slipway would be included within a longer-term development plan for the club.
We are going to be carrying out a measured survey of the buildings soon to compare with the architect’s design suggestions following feedback from members, which will feed into the wider Development Plan. Clearly, any major proposals will need to go before the committee and members but we were keen for folks to know that progress is being made.

And whilst there’s still several years left, the group have already approached Tapeley Estates – who remain very supportive of the club – in order to explore an even longer lease.
The Development Steering Group members…

As the previous blog sagely advised… “Evolution never stops”, and this is especially true of the DSG. Viki Young joined the group at the end of last year, responsible for sharing key messages from the monthly DSG meetings through the club’s blog.

In addition, a paper copy of the Club’s Action Plan is available for members on the club’s noticeboard showing the status of the issues and suggestions proposed at last year’s Members’ Development Event. This will updated on a regular basis by Viki and members are welcome to contact her at comms@ndyc.org if they have any suggestions or issues they want to raise specifically with the DSG, or questions about the Action Plan. As far as possible, the group try to hold DSG meetings the first Thursday of every month.

We also thank Matt Hill, who alongside Viki, has kindly volunteered to taken on another communications role – Social Media Liaison. Matt is responsible for all existing and any future social media used by NDYC. Matt can be also be contacted via the comms@ndyc.org email or the NDYC Facebook page.
Viki and Matt will be working together over the coming months to help develop a wider Communications strategy for the club as well as help the Club Secretary, Barry Vincent, with more general communications wherever necessary.
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