Naval Children’s Charity offering subsidised voyage around the British Isles for children and young adults

The Naval Children’s Charity (NCC) is announcing a new initiative to give Naval children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail along the coast of the British Isles.

In partnership with Tall Ships Youth Trust (TYST), the NCC is offering a subsidised trip for 20 children and young adults aged between 12-25.

This opportunity is open to the child of any parent or guardian who is serving or is a veteran of the Royal Navy, including Royal Marines, WRNS QARNNS, Reserves and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Clare Scherer, chief executive officer at the NCC said:

“The Naval Children’s Charity is delighted to be working with the Tall Ships Youth Trust.  They have a wealth of experience in providing these amazing voyages to children and young people from all backgrounds and a proven track record in providing inspirational voyages that the children will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Onboard one of TYST’s 72ft Challenger yachts, the young people will become important members of the crew.

They will learn all aspects of sailing, including ropework and sail handling to helming. They’ll also develop a range of interpersonal skills. Working together as a team, our explorers will test their communication and leadership abilities, which will hopefully see their confidence and self-esteem grow.

The first voyage for children aged 12-15 sets sail from Liverpool on the 16th August, before reaching Greenock on the 21st. The young adults (16-25 year olds) will depart Greenock on the 24th August, sailing the west coast of Scotland en route to Peterhead, where they will dock on the 31st.

James Hudson, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Tall Ships Youth Trust said:

We are delighted to be partnering with NCC this summer. These voyages will be an exciting and challenging opportunity for the youth crew involved. Working together, the crew take part in all activities and pull together to overcome common challenges, such as preparing to sail in bad weather and living in close quarters.

“This helps develop communication, teamwork and critical thinking skills. Onboard one of TSYT’s iconic 72ft Challenger yachts, there’s a real but managed risk and so, the young people have to put their trust in each other and the adults. This helps to break down barriers, develops their ability to create strong relationships and gives them positive adult role models.”

NCC is subsidising the voyage costs, and is able to offer this opportunity for just £75 per child. For parents that might be unable to cover this cost, NCC would still like to hear from you.

Please email ncc@navalchildrenscharity.org.uk to register interest by Thursday 30th June. Places are available on a first come, first served basis.

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