If you would like to REFER someone

We are very happy to discuss the option of referring someone else. We would ask however that you always seek permission from the person first.

The easiest option is to make contact with us by telephone or, if you prefer, by email. We will need to ask certain questions relating to the support needs of the person you wish to refer. We therefore suggest you have pertinent information to hand. This will include; their full name, date of birth, address, contact numbers, support needs, diagnosis, medication and how Sea Sanctuary might be able to help.

As with people self-referring, we will ask for a referral form to be completed and returned to us (you can download it Here) or request it over the phone or by email.

We will (if appropriate) arrange an assessment with the person you wish to refer. You can accompany them if they wish.

The assessment will last approximately one hour and will cover a number of key areas. We need this information to enable our team to determine whether a placement is safe and beneficial.

The thought of an assessment can be quite daunting for some people. We do however make every effort to conduct the assessment as informally as possible, whilst gathering the information we need. Our staff have carried out many, many assessments and have a very relaxed manner.

Once the assessment is finished, we will provide the opportunity for questions. In all cases, we won’t confirm whether a sail will be offered directly after the assessment, as this is a decision for our team to make, based on the recommendations of the people who carried out the assessment. It might sound like a long haul but it does allow us to make the best decisions possible.

Do feel free to make contact for an informal chat…

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Sea Sanctuary is an innovative marine based service and is the first of its kind in European waters.

We provide an evidence-based intervention combined with the exhilarating activity of Sail Training. Sea Sanctuary operates within the stunning waters of the Cornish coast.

Our service provides an experiential learning experience and we routinely achieve outstanding results. Sea Sanctuary is available to anyone within the UK (subject to an assessment).

Sea Sanctuary seeks to address the very real issue of mental health well-being for those who most need it.

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