The JST aims to promote the integration of able-bodied and physically disabled men and women aged from 16, through the shared experience of crewing two magnificent tall ships. People of all physical abilities work together side by side as equals. Places on board both ships are heavily subsidised, and there is a constant need for funds to maintain the vessels in good condition. Regular support from the Small Grants programme has contributed to this fundraising effort.

The Outcome
Since the maiden voyage of the Lord Nelson in 1986 over 24,000 have sailed aboard, of whom more than 9,500 have been physically disabled, and 3,700 have been wheelchair users. A similar ratio has been achieved aboard the second ship, Tenacious. Programmes for the young people on board ship are designed to improve their leadership, communication and seamanship skills. Not only do crew members discover the thrill of tall ship sailing in a totally inclusive environment, but they gain self-esteem, self-worth and benefit emotionally from the considerable personal challenge.

How the outcome met the Trust's aims
The feedback from those who have served as members of the crew on either tall ship leaves no room for doubt that their involvement is a truly life changing experience. That outcome fits exactly with the Trust's objectives for its grant making, as does the fostering of inclusivity between the able bodied and the disabled.