AHOY offers opportunities and training for disadvantaged, at risk and vulnerable young people. Via the funds collected through Trinity Village rents, and other corporate initiatives, the Corporation of Trinity House is able to support AHOY, who use the medium of sailing, rowing and water-based activities to provide innovative training – teaching transferable and employable skills and at the same time building self-confidence and self- esteem.
Working with hundreds of young people every year helping them to change their lives, AHOY know that hands-on practical training with tangible outcomes
gets results, as the learning is relevant to them and rooted in the real world. Over the years, AHOY have received the continued support of Trinity House, without which the charity would struggle to continue to offer the fantastic level of training they currently do .
This year, the funding provided has helped cover maintenance costs, to ensure that their essential equipment is kept in good working condition. Without this support it will be difficult to deliver the training and activities provided by AHOY.
In response to Covid-19, Trinity House Maritime Charity (THMC) worked closely with its maritime charity partners to support seafarers and their dependants in response to the acute need thrust upon them by the often devastating effects of the pandemic on their livelihoods. Alongside its normal grants programme, the Charity responded quickly to provide additional critical support.
The fishing community has been impacted greatly, and the Charity’s emergency grant to the Fishermen’s Mission has enabled them to award hardship grants to fishermen and their families who have lost their income and struggled to put food on the table.
As well as fishing communities, THMC has provided grants to The Mission to Seafarers, who offer support to seafarers who were unable to leave their ships due to the virus, and had their welfare provisions suspended. THMC has also supported The Sailors Children's Society in offering vital support to vulnerable families from the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleet, as well as The Not Forgotten Association, who work to alleviate the loneliness and isolation veterans sometimes experience, and which have been exacerbated by Covid-related circumstances.
Investments held by The Corporation of Trinity House, including its properties in Trinity Village, allow the THMC to provide the vital grants to these communities in need, for which the Charity and recipients are deeply grateful.