As well as regular volunteers who come to help with their winter vessel refit for a weekend or a few days at a time, Ocean Youth Trust South usually need at least a couple of long-term volunteers to join the core refit team: perhaps to do a full refit from November to March - or at least to do a period of a few weeks or months rather than the odd day here and there that most volunteers can manage.

A place on the core team is worth considering if you are between jobs or on a gap year or a career break. It could be ideal for someone considering a career in the marine industry (especially because some employers like to see evidence that candidates can offer more than just sailing skills, and the ability to keep a boat maintained and even to fix things at sea might just be enough to make the difference between you and another candidate with similar sailing experience). Quite a few past core team volunteers have moved on to paid work in the sailing industry at first mate or skipper level, where an understanding of maintenance issues is vital.

But the roles are also suitable for anyone who likes the idea of contributing a few weeks' work to a good charitable cause.

Volunteers receive food, and accommodation if Ocean Youth Trust South have space, as well as experience in boat repairs and maintenance.

Volunteers on the core team must be aged 18+ .

Practical skills in any aspect of boat maintenance will be an advantage but not essential. What is vital is that core team volunteers should be hard-working, responsible and enthusiastic. It is vital that volunteers are also prepared to take responsibility for a share of cooking and cleaning.

Full details and contact on OYT South website