Become a volunteer…
There are many ways you can get involved and become part of the team at Trinity, whether you have a few spare hours a week or month or you would like to commit to a longer-term role as a way of gaining experience, learning new skills and developing your career.
You might have specific skills or professional experience that you are able to share with us, or you might be looking for change of career. Whatever you want to get out of giving up your time we’ll make sure you have a fun and rewarding experience.
There are two main aspects of our work that we regularly need volunteer help and support:
Joining Trinity as a volunteer can help make a real difference to our work and there are many ways you can help.
Whether it is working in our office providing administrative support, becoming a local fundraiser or carrying out research, we have loads of opportunities that may suit your interests and availability.
We have a small number of volunteers who help with administration, filing, general building maintenance and the many day-to-day jobs that make a real difference. It’s helpful (but not essential) for office volunteers to be computer-literate with use of PCs and basic Microsoft office software. Office volunteers usually choose to come in one day a week, or one day a month, or on an ad-hoc basis when they have a few hours available.
By giving just a little of your time, you can help Trinity achieve its objectives and at the same time you’ll get to have fun, make new friends, gain valuable experience, enhance your CV and feel good, because the time you give will really help take the charity forward.
If you would like to fundraise for Trinity, and would like some help to get you started, please download our Fundraising Pack. The pack has loads of great information on how you can run a successful event, however why not call the office first to discuss your ideas in more detail.
There are two main ways you can volunteer to work on our vessels — as sea staff helping to deliver saillincrew the vessels during the season or during our winter refit programme, when we undertake vessel maintenance / conservation and restoration projects (e.g. the ‘Leader’ project). Working on our vessels during the refit is a great way to make new friends and learn a range of traditional skills under the guidance of our staff. It is also a very important way of getting to know.
Trinity is very fortunate to have a loyal team of volunteers who help us deliver high quality sailing experiences. Many, once they have obtained the necessary qualifications, graduate to salaried jobs as permanent crew.
One such person is Becca Morley who joined Trinity as a volunteer, before progressing onto become Mate on Provident.
I first sailed on Provident for a leg of the Tall Ships Races in 2010. Having never sailed before I had no idea what to expect, but the whole experience made me realise how resilient I am, and how exciting it is to sail these fantastic boats.
During the 2011 sailing season, I came back to Trinity as a volunteer to build my sailing career and be part of an organisation that benefits so many young people. Volunteering was a great way to gain countless skills, from boat handling and navigation to leadership, and becoming more confident as an individual.
Having proved myself over that season, in 2012 I gained my RYA Day Skipper qualification and then continued my training to be a Mate. I have now built my sailing skills and experience across all the Trinity fleet and my career is really progressing.
I would definitely recommend volunteering with Trinity to anyone who wants to broaden their horizons on both a sailing and personal level; these boats have so much to offer and knowing what you do can make a real difference to peoples lives.
No two days are ever the same, from racing with other small ships in Cowes to sailing in the moonlight, it really is an incredible experience!