Southampton based global charity, Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), is embracing a new work-life balance post-Covid by permanently moving to a new virtual office.

JST has always prided itself in being ahead of the game in terms of technology and for many years has operated many services via the cloud. Many members of the team were also working remotely already as they were shore based and the IT systems were changed to accommodate home-working.

When the pandemic hit, it was easy for staff to quickly adapt to working from home with minimal disruption. As lockdowns continued, JST asked if they preferred working remotely – and many said they liked the new work-life balance they enjoyed more flexibility.

As such, the charity has decided to adopt a fully virtual office and services as of 1st May 2021.

Chief Executive Patrick Fleming said the move to a more virtual set up also brings with it considerable cost savings at a time when the charity is emerging from the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said: “We’ve shared the experiences of many charitable organisations – and it has been tough for us too. Covid-19 has forced us to scale back our fundraising activities, which has had an impact on donations. Anything we can do to help plug the gaps in that funding can and will be done – so this is one of the measures we’ve chosen to adopt.”

JST, which offers people of all abilities the opportunity to climb aboard their tall ship Tenacious for an immersive sailing experience, relies on funding from the public in order to continue changing people’s lives. Since its founding in 1978 the Jubilee Sailing Trust has welcomed more than 50,000 people on board – almost 3,000 in 2018 alone.

Patrick continued: “We’ve been based at our Woolston HQ since the 1990s but it has become clear that since then, our needs as a charity, and as a team, have changed. From May, we will be moving virtually to Enterprise House in Ocean Village – the perfect home for us as a sailing charity.

“However, JST is a people centric organisation and it is crucial that we maintain formal and informal face to face contact. To ensure this happens, we have a membership at the Old Bond Warehouse in Southampton where our staff can work, meet and socialise.”

There will be no routine JST staff presence at the new address at Ocean Village and therefore, it will reduce the number of cold call visits and minimise disruptions. All staff contact details remain unchanged.