The Swan Trust SCIO delighted to receive ongoing support from Shetland Charitable Trust

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5 December 2022

The Swan Trust SCIO is among 27 local projects and charities to receive funding from the Shetland Charitable Trust for 2023/24.

The Charitable Trust recently approved a total of £8.7 million funding in 2023/24 across the 27 recipients, with The Swan Trust SCIO receiving £29,000 towards its core costs. This support will help enable the Trust to continue to deliver its volunteering and sailing opportunities to the community, as well as promote and keep Shetland’s maritime heritage alive.

The Charitable Trust has supported the Swan Trust for several years, enabling the community to access and enjoy Shetland’s Historic Tall Ship, Swan. Swan Trust Chairman, David Goodlad, said “The Swan Trust would like to thank The Shetland Charitable Trust for their continued support and belief in our objectives. We undertake a range of heritage, youth and community work each year, including sailing and volunteering opportunities which can increase skills and confidence, contribute to health and wellbeing and build friendships and community links. This funding will enable us to continue to offer life changing sail training opportunities, promote our heritage and widen the scope of opportunities available to our community.”

The Swan is a community asset which brings people together, and has a particular focus on enabling youth sail training opportunities. Utilising The Swan, The Swan Trust undertakes a range of voyages annually, offers unique volunteering opportunities, and works with partner organisations to enhance community events and funding bids for youth, community and other projects.

With the Tall Ships Races returning to Shetland in 2023, the Swan Trust is working with Sail Training Shetland and Shetland Tall Ships Limited to offer increased sail training opportunities to Shetland’s young people, as well as promote a range of opportunities for all ages to get involved whilst the Tall Ships fleet is in Shetland.

The Shetland Charitable Trust is a charity set up to benefit the people of Shetland, especially in the areas of: Social care and welfare; Arts, culture, sport and recreation; and the environment, natural history and heritage.

If you would like to support The Swan Trust SCIO, follow these links to donate, volunteer, or book an upcoming trip.


Want to get involved in maintaining and operating a traditional wooden sailing vessel? There are a number of different ways you can volunteer to safeguard, care for and sail this unique heritage asset.

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