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During a TSYT voyage the young people develop a range of skills which can be transferred to their day-to-day lives to help them overcome any barriers and thrive. Working together as a team they grow in confidence and self-esteem and see a significant improvement in their communication and leadership skills.

Sailing adventures for young people

In partnership with the Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT), the Naval Children’s Charity are continuing to offer this fantasic opportunity for young people of Naval families, serving or veteran, in 2024.

We are on the lookout for the explorers of tomorrow to take part in a thrilling sea adventure along the coast of the British Isles on board one of the TSYT’s iconic 72ft Challenger yachts.

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How to apply

There are four voyages this year, depending on the age of the young person. There are 10 places on  each voyage, these will be allocated based on the  information provided on the expression on interest form, taking into account family circumstances, and particularly the statement from the young person outlining why they are applying.

Email ncc@navalchildrenscharity.org.uk to receive the form or follow link below
“James loved every minute of it. The best part was the people he shared it with.”
James’ Mum, Amy

Voyages

There are three voyages this year, depending on the age of the young person. There are 10 places on  each voyage, these will be allocated based on the  information provided on the expression on interest form, taking into account family circumstances, and particularly the statement from the young person outlining why they are applying.

Closing date

The closing date for applications for Voyage 1 is Thursday 11th January.

The closing date for applications for Voyage 2 is Thursday 4th April.

The closing date for applications for Voyage 3 is Thursday 15th August.

Dates

Voyage 1: Portsmouth – Portsmouth
Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th February
(Age 12-15yrs)

Voyage 2: Portsmouth – Portsmouth
Monday 27th – Friday 31st May
(Age 14-25yrs)

Voyage 3: Portsmouth – Portsmouth
Sunday 13th – Thursday 17th October
(Age 12-15yrs)

Full criteria: 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. Please provide the service details of the parent
or guardian when you enquire

How we can help you

Apply for Financial Assistance using the Lightning Reach portal.

For applications for financial assistance you can apply by clicking on Register for Help below which will take you to the Lightning Reach portal. This platform is provided by our trusted partner, Lightning Reach, a social impact startup which uses secure technology to make the application process as quick and safe as possible for you.

A simple 3 step process
  1. Register and complete your profile here
    When asked to specify which of the Armed Forces you have served in, make sure to select ‘Royal Navy’, ‘Royal Marines’, ‘Merchant Navy in support of the Armed Forces’ or from the roles / industries list to ensure you are matched to Naval Children’s Charity.

  2. Once you’ve completed your profile, you should receive a support match to The Naval Children’s Charity. Click ‘continue’ to complete and submit your application.

  3. Provide your supporting evidence and submit your application to The Naval Children’s Charity.

Once your application has been made a caseworker will be in touch as soon as possible, this is usually within 3 days.

The profile you create on the Lightning Reach portal can also help you to find and apply for support from other support organisations easily and securely. We recommend that you submit your application to The Naval Children’s Charity first before submitting applications to other organisations.

For help with completing your application, visit Lightning Support and search for ‘The Naval Children’s Charity’.

If you have a question or not sure what help you need and require information or advice please use this online form.

Alternatively, If you would prefer to call our casework team, we can be contacted on 023 9263 9534, our office hours are 0830-1600 Monday to Friday.

How we can help you

The Naval Children’s Charity supports children up to and including the age of 25 whose parent(s) serve or have served in the Naval Service: Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, their Reserves and the RFA. If you need information or advice regarding support for your child(ren) please fill in the form to the best of your knowledge. One of our caseworkers will then contact you.

If you would prefer to call us we can be contacted on 023 9263 9534, our office hours are 0830-1600 Monday to Thursday and 0830-1300 on Friday.