A GROUP which gets disabled people out on the water is taking the chance to praise the volunteers who help keep it afloat.

Chesil Sailability based at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy is using Volunteers Week to both recognise the contribution of its existing team of volunteers, and also to recruit some more people.

Chesil Sailability provides opportunities for people with disabilities to sail – either for fun, to learn to sail, or to progress to sailing competitively.

The charity says sailing gives people the opportunity to take part in a healthy, sociable and outdoor activity, and provides a freedom on the water regardless of their disability.

It caters for people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and long term health conditions. Members are also passionate about enabling people to progress and take their sailing as far as they want.

Chairman of the Chesil Sailability Board of Trustees David Griffith said: "Without the time and hard work that our Chesil Sailability volunteers so generously give to the

charity we would not be able to provide the number of enjoyable, exciting and social sailing sessions that we deliver each year.

"I would like to thank everyone one of our volunteers and supporters for everything that they do for Chesil Sailability."

The group is holdings its AGM today where members will elect volunteer trustees, recognise the hard work and support of its existing volunteers.

Chesil Sailability sessions run on Tuesday evenings every week from May to September using a range of standard and adapted sailing vessels.

Anyone interested in finding out more should visit www.chesilsailabilty.org.uk