Fliss, Chief Mate and Jenni, Director of Strategy and Major Gifts, have blogged about the work we’re doing to develop how we support the work of our branches up and down the country.

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Volunteer supporters and the branches are the backbone of the Jubilee Sailing Trust providing wheels and feet on the ground, doing things that the Ship, her Crew and the wider JST team, can’t do all the year round at such an important, local level.

Reconnecting with our branches is such a significant project – for both our shore team as well as the Permanent Crew on board the Ship. Hence why we’re working very closely together on this one, even though we may be physically apart in location.

We’re kicking off this project with the aim to create guidance on what the branches can expect from us and for us at the JST to give you more tools to raise awareness and funds. We are working towards each branch having a Permanent Crew representative as a point of contact who can attend meetings and keep you up to date with what’s happening at the Trust. We will also work with you as we approach the Open Ship events in 2021.

We started the process in the summer with many of you completing a survey about how we can move forward. Thank you for your input. Since then we’ve been meeting regularly with some of our branch chairs to listen to what you need, and plan for how we work together in the future.

There are many landlocked areas in the UK without any Ports to be able to have Tenacious visit, but we do have Branches! Branches do the great work for us engaging with local communities, finding and providing new people to sail with us. They also build important relationships with other organisations with similar aims to our own, including those who can either offer financial support or supply items that we need, helping to reduce our overall costs. Basically, it all helps us hugely.

The 2021 programme sees Tenacious visit a wider range of UK Ports for voyages and port visits, which will showcase the Ship and the JST to many more places in the UK than we’ve been able to in recent years.

We’re hoping this will help us attract more supporters, and more people who will be curious about the Tall Ship they hear about, including the charity behind it. And of course, given the locations across the UK of our Open Ship events, it means we can promote the branches and the work they do. We’re keen to welcome new members and hear their ideas for activities to keep vital funds coming in

If the ship is coming to a port near you, we will be engaging with our local branches to get involved and host events, open days – all to generate interest prior to the arrival of Tenacious to make a lasting impression in that area.

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Find out where your local branch is on our interactive map here.

To discover more about our open ship events or register your interest in volunteering, click here.

If you want to hear more about the branches project, contact Jennifer.Piper@jst.org.uk or Fliss.Green@jst.org.uk

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