The Project

Thames Class Lifeboat Trust Chairman Scott Snowling with potential recruits looking at basic chartwork

The 50001 Youth Training Trust is a Lowestoft based charity built upon a core group of former RNLI crew and staff, along with Coastguard and Merchant navy personnel.

Each volunteer has a passion for education and preservation of maritime heritage. Many volunteers are already involved with local projects, working with community farms and youth groups, and with such enthusiastic volunteers we are poised and ready to be able to offer a valuable new service to the local community within Lowestoft.

Our aim is to operate the former lifeboat “Rotary Service” as a training ship, working with other organisations (such as Scouts, Sea cadets & local youth groups) or direct with individuals offering the chance for young & disadvantaged individuals to come on board as volunteers or just to take short training courses with qualified instructors, empowering them with the qualifications and experience to follow a career in the maritime sector.

Our close links with several other organisations ensures that they get training on a wide variety of ships, while building strong relations with their potential future employers.

The 50001 Youth Training Trust exists in order to:

  • Advance in life and help develop young people aged between 12-25yrs from ‘vulnerable’ backgrounds within the uk through:
    (a) the provision of recreational and leisure time activities provided in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve their conditions of life.
    (b) providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate within society as mature and responsible individuals.
  • Preserve, operate, maintain and exhibit for the benefit of the public the historic Lowestoft built lifeboat 50-001 in particular but not exclusively by:
    (a)acting as a community resource offering maritime and team building training for young people and under privileged individuals.
    (b)operating the lifeboat as a floating museum.