Raising Aspiration and Widening Horizons
What we do: The Island Trust transforms lives through both day sailing and residential sail training voyages on board its small fleet of traditional sailing boats (Tall Ship type). We address the inequalities in access to the benefits of marine activities by removing the financial and social barriers to participation. We take referrals from school and community groups, special schools and youth clubs. We work particularly with young people from inner city areas, those with special educational needs/disability and many who suffer poverty or deprivation and may be vulnerable or marginalised.
Impact of our work: Time with us is so much more than just sailing - many studies have concluded that sailing is a particularly effective and innovative platform for enhancing young lives. It encourages co-operation, a sense of responsibility, instils a sense of adventure, develops initiative, social skills, feelings of self-worth, communication skills, and acts as a catalyst to engagement with education and employment. Many of our disabled beneficiaries have never experienced the level of independence that they have on board the boats, which promotes teamwork and friendship amongst them as they stand on the cusp of young adulthood.
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