Voyage of Recovery


Following our 2012 Voyage of Recovery, over 80% of participants completed their treatment programme compared to a national average across the sector of 55%.

The Voyage of Recovery offers people using our services the opportunity to take part in a working sailing trip. Participants become active members of the boat crew - literally learning the ropes.

The voyage challenges on many levels: physically, mentally and emotionally. Participants are expected to carry out the day-to-day functions of sailing a boat. This includes:

  • hosting the sails
  • lifting the anchor
  • cooking and cleaning
  • navigation and steering
  • keeping watch
  • attending daily meetings

The voyage facilitates recovery even before participants step on board. It had acted as a way of motivating many, as participants need to be abstinent by the time they sail.

Participants find a great sense of calm and peace on the trip, while challenging them to push through emotional and physical barriers. We have also seen participants go onto volunteer with the sailing providers, (which in one case led to employment) after completing the voyage.

Participants also gain skills that support their long term recovery. These include:

  • communications skills
  • team work skills
  • social skills
  • interpersonal skills

Who are our partners?

The Island Trust, Rona Trust




Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).