Today, 3rd December 2009
The spotlight falls on Southampton based sailing charity, Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities sees this internationally recognised organisation reflect on 30 years of promoting disability awareness and equality.
Having just been recognised as Sail Training Organisation of the Year, in an international arena, Jubilee Sailing Trust’s mission couldn’t be more relevant to today’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
JST owns and operates two magnificent tall ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious. Both the ships are completely unique, being the only vessels of their type in the world designed and built with a variety of special features to make them fully accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities.
Crew travel from around the globe to sail with Jubilee Sailing Trust and comments from voyage crew when they leave the ship just support the fact that an inclusive environment provides people of all abilities the chance to be equal:
“The Jubilee Sailing Trust is not only amazing in its attitude to people with physical disabilities but in its attitude to every person who comes aboard. You feel a valued and necessary part of the crew and, where knowledge or physical strength may lack, a desire to be part of a process is all you need to be completely involved.” – Angela Ingram, voyage crew on board Tenacious
“ In all honestly though I realised how ignorant I had been as I saw the amazing way that people of all different abilities not only coped with but thrived on the challenges thrown at them along the voyage. My eyes were truly opened, along with my mind. - Jenny Dawn Gaiawyn, voyage crew on board Tenacious
Jubilee Sailing Trust offers people the chance to get involved in so many ways.
For more information about Bill’s voyage or JST please visit www.jst.org.uk or call 02380 449108