As the UK’s oldest and largest sail training charity, the Tall Ships Youth Trust’s (TSYT) mission is to enable young people aged 12-25 years to fulfil their life potential through experiences at sea and by breaking down the barriers they face in society.
TSYT operate nationally, providing voyages all year round, offering young people the chance to develop life skills, build self-esteem, embrace a healthier more active lifestyle and get involved in volunteering.
Last year, TSYT gave over 1,200 youngsters a voyage experience many of them young offenders or not in employment, education or training.
TSYT has requested funding from the PCC to enable 10 young people from Cleveland who are young offenders or at risk of offending to take part in a TSYT voyage. Voyages bring together a complete cross-section of young people to work and live in a unique,
physically and mentally challenging sea-going residential environment, which allows them to develop independent living skills, along with work-based skills and community skills.
The young people will live and work together as a small community at sea and will lead all activities on board. Support is provided by highly professional crew and trained volunteers.
The cost of sending 10 young people to sea for 4 nights is £8,440. TSYT has already received £5,440 in donations and has requested the remaining £3,000 from the PCC.
The funding will go towards costs directly incurred by the young people spending time on board such as insurance, berth fees and food and refreshments.
The project supports the PCC’s objectives of Tackling Offending and Re-offending and working Together to Make Cleveland Safer.