ABOUT THE VIKING BOAT Co.
The Viking Boat Co. (formerly Plane Sailing for Heroes) is a CIC situated in the heart of Darlington and benefits from an excellent network of road and mainline rail connectivity with the surrounding area.
Our purpose is to help ex-military personnel develop mental resilience and coping strategies to counter the effects of PTSD, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and isolation sustained due to military service. We offer reintegration into a society from which many feel excluded and abandoned and develop active and fulfilling lives. We operate in a familiar, inclusive, non-judgemental, and supportive environment.
Our wide range of woodwork and boatbuilding tuition and participation is designed to develop practical skills through involvement in long term exciting projects. By investing our time, often on a one-to-one basis, we can improve concentration levels and skills whilst enhancing self-esteem and confidence. Our beneficiaries, who were formerly highly trained skilled and functional, have suffered a ‘disconnect’ of varying degrees and our empathetic training methods and techniques empower and inspire them on a journey of committed progress.
In addition to our Directors, Bob and Martin, and volunteers we have an established Board of Trustees who provide oversight and direction in decision-making, scrutiny, and support.
Our current project is to complete the build of a 30-foot Viking longboat, using a mixture of traditional heritage skills and modern techniques, which on completion will showcase their skills and abilities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who do we support?
We help ex-military personnel develop mental resilience and coping strategies to counter the effects of PTSD, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and isolation sustained due to military service.
How much do courses and activities cost?
As a Community Interest Company, all courses are funded. The veteran pays nothing for our services. The only thing you will have to cover is accommodation.
How long do the courses run?
Our courses are open-ended as we operate on a roll-on, roll-off system. You can start and finish whenever you like!
Will I get fed?
We can provide standard amenities such as tea and coffee. There are numerous cafés locally for reasonably-priced food.