The Island Trust

Enabling young people to get on the water since 1973

Motivating Young People Through Sailing

The Island Trust, a registered charity, was formed in 1973 by Frank Collier, Hubert Monroe QC and Dick Lloyd MBE, and has been supporting deserving young people for 50 years. Passionate about traditional wooden boats they strove to address the inequalities in access to the benefits of sailing, determined that financial and social barriers to participation should be removed. Their enthusiasm is now energetically pursued by our Trustees.

We provide life-enhancing, residential and day-sailing activities for young people with special needs, disabilities, and those experiencing hardship and deprivation. We award disadvantaged young people the opportunity to not only widen their horizons but also develop their skills and capabilities through the joy and challenge of learning to sail. Beneficiaries are aged primarily from 14 – 18 but on occasion, may be as young as 10 and can be up to the age of 25. Our bursaries are wholly based on need and can be up to 100% of costs.

Based in Plymouth, our small fleet of traditional sailing vessels are operated by our subsidiary company Island (Cutter) Limited. Young people learn to sail, navigate, passage plan, develop social skills and on residential voyages experience independent living. All accommodation, tuition, food, learning resources and safety equipment is provided on board. Through our programmes our young sailors return to their schools and communities with increased motivation, confidence, leadership and communication skills, and a fresh perspective on their self-worth and abilities.

We firmly believe in social inclusion and equality of opportunity. We provide the opportunity, financial and moral support, and sailing training expertise for those who cannot otherwise contemplate taking part in activities of this kind.

We work with individuals, schools, youth groups, church and community organisations, also offering entry-level Royal Yachting Association training courses, positively contributing to CVs and long-term employment prospects, raising the aspirations of the often marginalized and vulnerable young people who we support.

To support our charitable work:

We run Sail Training voyages for independent individuals aged 13 to 19 years during the school holidays, group team building days and occasional voyages specifically for adults. Our boats are also available to hire for film and television work.

We are committed to helping:

  • Young people from inner cities and areas of deprivation
  • Those suffering financial hardship
  • Those with behavioural difficulties
  • Those with special educational needs, including
    The visually and hearing impaired
    Young people with learning difficulties
    Young people with learning and/or physical disability

The Island Trust is very grateful for the support it receives both locally and nationally from many generous donors, charities, and grant making trusts.

Get in touch

For more information about sail training opportunities, or for any other enquiries, contact us on:

Tel: 01752 823007
Email: info@theislandtrust.org.uk

Acknowledgements

The Norman Family Charitable Trust awarded £1,000 to our Ocean Discoverability day sail programme in 2022.
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The Norman Family Charitable Trust awarded £1,000 to our Ocean Discoverability day sail programme in 2022.
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The Northbrook Community Trust has been generously supporting disabled young people from Devon special schools for many years.
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The Northbrook Community Trust has been supporting Devon special schools for many years.
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Get in touch

For more information about sail training opportunities, or for any other enquiries, contact us on:

Tel: 01752 823007
Email: info@theislandtrust.org.uk

What We Do

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