A NEW SHIP FOR A NEW GENERATION

Sometimes life is not plain sailing. Fortunately, neither are our voyages. We take disadvantaged and disabled young people on physically and mentally challenging sail training adventures that can transform their lives in just a week. So many of our Youth Crew look back and see their voyages as defining moments in their lives. They can find purpose and motivation, learn the value of team work and open their eyes to new opportunities.

With our aim of adding a new flagship to the fleet, we could help 50,000 young people over the next 20 years, giving them similar experiences.

We have been doing this for over 60 years. To provide more of these life-changing moments we need your help and we’re going to need a bigger boat…

WATCH BELOW to see some our Youth Crew in action and hear what Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran has to say about our appeal. Can we count on your support?

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THE NEW FLAGSHIP

A 24-berth flagship would be the optimum size for larger groups of young people whilst keeping the running costs affordable, and therefore self-sustaining. We envisage a schooner-type vessel, akin to the Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller that operated when we first started over 60 years ago.

Raising a total of £5m will:

  • Enable us to buy a vessel on the open market
  • Re-engineer the internal layout to take groups of young people
  • Buy the equipment needed to ensure she meets Maritime and Coastguard Agency standards

It will also take the charity to a position where we have increased voyage capacity, no liabilities, and a bursary fund to draw upon for young people in exceptional hardship.

Painting with kind thanks to Warwick Jacobs

With thanks to Warwick Jacobs, who first sailed with us on the Sir Winston Churchill in 1979, for the artist's impression

HELP US RAISE £5 MILLION TO FUND THE NEW FLAGSHIP AND YOU WILL BE PROVIDING MORE DEFINING MOMENTS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE

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DEFINING MOMENTS AT SEA

According to the Children's Commissioner for England, there are 3.7m young people living in poverty in the UK, and 800,000 young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). If we fail to fight their corner, a generation of disadvantaged and disabled young people will find themselves adrift. You can play a crucial role in that transformation, as our supporters did with the following young people.


 

JOSH

"I was 16 when I first stepped foot on a Challenger. My father had passed, and my mother had just suffered three simultaneous strokes. I was surviving in my parents’ house, scared to use the heating or lighting. I was just happy to see the sun go down at the end of the day.

Honestly, I don’t think I’d be around anymore without my initial voyage. Tall Ships was the spark needed to ignite my trail of fortunate events in life. I found hope on Challenger 1. Thank you."

     

 

Read Josh's full story

    


 

SANTO

As well as being Autistic and having various other learning disabilities, Santo had the most awful start in life and was taken into care at the age of 5. He has been adopted by his foster parents, and his mother, Lin, explains how his life has changed since his first voyage:

“The Tall Ships Youth Trust have taken part in giving Santo the social family he has never had! Since his first voyage he has grown in maturity, confidence and self-esteem. He has learnt that although he is autistic, this won’t stop him achieving, he just has to work a little harder. He used to dream of being a racing driver or working with computers. His dream now is to sail around the world! Thank you for giving my son a dream.”

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ANDREW

"I had been unemployed and out of education or employment for 2 years before my youth worker recommended I came on a voyage. I learnt loads of life skills – cooking, cleaning, working as a team and of course how to sail a boat! As soon as we arrived back I went home and got my first ever job to save money to come back and sail with the Trust as a Watch Leader. I worked my way up to Mate and now sail full time helping other young people just like myself. Without Tall Ships none of this would ever have been possible."

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SCALE OF GIVING

Below are some examples of how your donation or fundraising could support our appeal.

EXAMPLES OF COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

  • NAME THE SHIP!
  • SPONSOR A BERTH
  • HAVE YOUR LOGO ON CLOTHING WORN BY STAFF, SUPPORTERS AND VOYAGERS
  • FUNDRAISE FOR US AS YOUR CHARITY OF THE YEAR
  • BE FEATURED ON OUR WEBSITE
  • DELIVER A VOYAGE PROGRAMME IN YOUR NAME

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO GET IN TOUCH

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A FINAL WORD FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPEAL BOARD


I’ve always loved sailing and the sea, and it has formed a pivotal part of my life.

I want as many young people as possible to have an opportunity to sail with us, particularly those who have had a tough start in life. With so many disadvantaged or disabled young people who are not in employment, education or training, we believe there is a moral imperative for us to grow our capacity to take more of them to sea.

In a world that can exclude and challenge young people, sailing as part of a Tall Ships Crew makes for an inclusive and truly empowering few days. It encourages mutual understanding and respect, increases self-esteem and improves teamwork and leadership skills. It offers new challenges – and all this within a framework of equality of opportunity and supportive leadership. Each voyage is a challenge and our young trainees are led on this adventure by a dedicated, motivated and professionally trained crew.

I’ve seen the enormous difference that sailing with us can make to a young person. That’s why I’m involved with this charity.

SIR RICHARD OLVER

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