The Sir Francis Chichester Trust
Loch eil 1600 coast exped
About The Trust

The Sir Francis Chichester Trust was set up in 1968 as a stand-alone Charity, to commemorate Sir Francis Chichester’s solo circumnavigation of the world in his yacht, Gipsy Moth IV.

He inspired the whole nation throughout his adventurous career – from pioneer World War pilot to daring solo yachtsman. He challenged us all to reach further and higher in our lives.

At his request, the Trust was founded to provide funding for 16-19 year olds from Devon, Plymouth and Torbay to attend an Outward Bound course. Thanks to our generous donors, we’re able to send up to 30 young people every year on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, that will see them achieving more than they ever thought possible.

Apply for a place

Thanks to our donors, if you’re successful in applying for a place on the Skills for Life Award, the Sir Francis Chichester Trusts will cover 100% of your course cost. With a place on the course usually costing up to £1,824*, this is a truly unique opportunity not to be missed.

*You will be liable for travel costs for your journey to the coach transfer meeting point.

Who should apply?

  • Young people living in Devon aged 16-19 at the time of the course.
  • Those who've had few opportunities of this kind and have not attended an Outward Bound course previously
  • Young people who lack confidence or would benefit from time away from their current circumstances.

The course isn’t suitable for young people who are on probation or subject to a Youth Offending Order.

Skills for Life Award

If you’re facing a new challenge, like stepping up to sixth form, heading to uni or trying to get your first job, the Skills for Life Award will help you to get ahead.

You’ll build key employability skills whilst setting yourself up with key tools for the future – like a video statement, a reference and a 12 month action plan. Spend 19 days of your summer taking part in big adventures like kayaking, gorge scrambling and overnight expeditions in the wild. You’ll make new friends from all over the world as you build a sense of confidence and independence for the future.

Where does the Award take place?

You could be based at one of three incredible locations around the UK – Loch Eil in the Scottish Highlands, Ullswater in the Lake District or Aberdovey in Snowdonia, Wales. Most of the time, you’ll be out on the water or in the hills but when you are indoors, you’ll be staying in single- sex dorm-style accommodation, with people of your own age. Find out more about The Outward Bound Trust centres.

Course dates/venues

12 - 30 Jul, Aberdovey, Wales
19 Jul - 6 Aug, Ullswater, Lake District
19 Jul – 6 Aug, Loch Eil, Scotland
2 – 20 August, Aberdovey, Wales
9 – 27 August, Ullswater, Lake District.

The Outward Bound Trust offers a complimentary coach transfer service, which picks you up from a regional transport hub.

Contact us

Juliet White (Mrs)
Trust Administrator
Sir Francis Chichester
PO Box 27
Exeter, EX3 9BN

07938 882594

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Charity number 301033.