Welcome to the Seafarers Hospital Society
Looking after the health and welfare of seafarers and their families since 1821
The Seafarers Hospital Society (formerly known as the Seamen’s Hospital Society) is a long-established maritime charity dedicated to meeting the health, welfare and advice needs of seafarers.
We provide health and welfare grants to seafarers and their dependants, and to the maritime organisations that care for them. We also support a number of other services provided exclusively for seafarers.
If you are or have been a merchant seafarer or fisherman, we’re here to help you and the people who depend on you. We also provide advice and support to Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel through SAIL – see below.
How can the Society help you?
We can support you in a number of ways:
Grants to help you out when money is short
Disability aids and equipment, essential household goods and other unexpected expenses – these are some of the things we may be able to help with.
Advice service for seafarers
The Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line (SAIL) is a national telephone advice service provided exclusively for seafarers. It’s run by Greenwich Citizens’ Advice Bureau on behalf of the Seafarers Hospital Society. SAIL provides free, confidential and impartial advice and information to seafarers on a wide range of issues – welfare benefits, housing, employment and more.
Supporting health and fitness for seafarers
Keeping fit and healthy is very important for seafarers but getting fit and healthy, and staying fit and healthy, can be particularly challenging when you work at sea. We support a number of projects and services designed to make it easier, including hands-on physiotherapy and diet and fitness advice. We also invest in a number of pilot projects to find out what’s needed and what works best.
Confidential mental health and wellbeing service – now extended to fishermen
We offer a free, confidential service to seafarers who need help with mental health and wellbeing issues. This is a pilot project run by Big White Wall on our behalf. It includes access to trained counsellors, a support network, self-help materials and one to one therapy. The service was initially available to serving merchant navy personnel only but has now been extended to include working fishermen.
The Dreadnought, a special medical facility for seafarers
Based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London and supported by the Society, the Dreadnought offers priority medical treatment for those working at sea.
Seafarers Link is a free fortnightly telephone conference service that links retired seafarers. Funded by the Society and fellow members of the Maritime Charities Funding Group (MCFG), Seafarers Link enables small groups of seafarers to chat for an hour, absolutely free. It’s a way to reminisce about the past and make new friends – all in the comfort of your own home.
Grants to institutions
As well as helping individual seafarers, the Seafarers Hospital Society provides grants to a number of maritime charities and organisations.
Click here to download a leaflet or call Mrs Chris Rankin on 01752 812674.