Working with young people
We work with young people from across the UK who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have a range of abilities. Trinity works in partnership with organisations concerned with the welfare of young people, including schools and colleges, social services, youth welfare groups and others.
Our base is in South Devon, and our fleet is comprised of historically important traditional sailing vessels, which are ideally suited to their sail training role. Since Trinity was formed in 1999 many thousands of young people have benefitted from sailing on the vessels. Providing them with a socially beneficial modern function has helped ensure their survival.
We are a leading organisation in the field of sail training, providing innovative and tailor-made courses suitable for young people up to the age of 25. We are a highly respected member of the Association of Sail Training Organisations and a Royal Yachting Association accredited training establishment.
Personal development through sail training
We run residential voyages, typically lasting a week or so, for groups of up to 14.
The young people sail the vessel under the direction of our crew, who are both professionally qualified and experienced in youth work. They take part in all aspects of life on board ship, from hoisting sails, helming and standing watch to preparing and cooking their own healthy meals and undertaking domestic duties.
Each voyage involves visiting new destinations each day, with opportunities to explore ashore and experience communities and lifestyles that differ from those they are used to.
At the heart of the experience is teamwork — learning to live and work with others, to value their contribution and earn respect for one’s own efforts.
The sea presents many physical and mental challenges; facing up to and overcoming them brings a great sense of achievement that builds confidence and self esteem.
How we work
Sail training with Trinity goes beyond the process of learning to sail. It is much more about unlocking the potential in young people and inspiring and motivating them through genuine challenge and achievement.
Young people from all kinds of backgrounds, and all levels of ability, can gain enormously from the opportunity of sailing our traditional vessels.
We have a strong track record of helping young people who are disadvantaged in one form or another. The majority are approaching the transition to adult life but have few plans for the future. Many are low achievers, who lack interpersonal skills and have emotional or behavioural problems.
Our role is to be a catalyst.
Our aim is to bring about positive and permanent changes in attitudes and expectations that our partners can build upon, and which encourage young people to take steps that will improve their future prospects.
Our approach is to involve group leaders in the experience. This breaks down barriers and helps develop new and positive relationships between the young people and adult staff. It is these new relationships that make the outcomes of our work part of an on-going and positive process of personal development.
Trinity’s vessels provide a unique learning and development setting. On deck everything is as it was when they were first launched — there are no modern mechanical aids, so group working skills based on effective communication and teamwork are central to the process. Below deck they have been fitted out for their modern role and are homely and reassuring. They are stable, safe working platforms in all sea conditions and just the right size to present a real challenge yet allow young people to really get to grips with sailing them. In this way they have a natural advantage over other types of vessel.
The core benefits derived from Trinity’s personal development courses based on sail training include:
- Building confidence and self esteem
- Discovering the extent on one’s own capabilities
- Learning to live and work as part of a team
- Making and sustaining positive relationships
- Developing leadership and problem solving skills
- Learning to show respect and earn it in return
- Taking responsibility for one’s self and others
- Utilising a range of life and social skills
- Broadening personal horizons
- Learning about healthy living
- Understanding the rewards of effort and change
- Realising the importance of lifelong learning
- Gaining nationally recognised qualifications
- Understanding the importance of history and heritage
These benefits can by themselves make an enormous difference to the young people who take part.
Courses can also be tailored to meet the objectives and requirements of individual groups including the opportunity to work towards national curriculum outcomes or meet the requirements of pastoral programmes.
Trinity is committed to making these benefits available to as wide a range of young people as possible, and through its own fundraising aims to offer financial support in the form of bursaries to those who otherwise would not be able to participate. If you would like more information on our bursary scheme please see our Funding young people page.