CORONAVIRUS – Support from the Society

We are working hard to support our seafarers during these difficult times and, as far as possible, it’s business as usual.

Welcome to the Seafarers Hospital Society

Looking after the health and welfare of seafarers and their families since 1821

homeThe 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.

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  • 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 Bureaux 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.

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  • Confidential mental health and wellbeing service 

    We offer a free, confidential service to seafarers who need help with mental health and wellbeing issues, which is run by Togetherall (previously known as Big White Wall) on our behalf. It includes access to trained counsellors, a support network, self-help materials and one to one therapy.

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  • 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 NHS medical treatment for those working at sea.

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