Seafarers Hospital Society has developed and implemented a number of exciting health development projects, and innovative pilot programmes. Here are details of six of those past projects.
A six-month pilot fitness programme was delivered by the Physical Initiative at Care Ashore’s Springbok Estate, resulting in encouraging improvements in the heart health, strength and total body water levels of those taking part. As a result the Society subsequently partnered with Age UK to deliver the ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ programme at a number of seafarers’ residences, and Care Ashore itself has adopted a developing fitness, health and wellbeing programme.
Sponsored by the Society, NHS Humber had a part-time Health Trainer working directly with fishers and their families in Bridlington and the surrounding area. This was a free service providing one-to-one advice and support on a range of health issues including smoking cessation, healthy eating and alcohol reduction.
The Society collaborated with The Fishermen’s Mission, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Norfolk NHS, to pilot a project at a number of ports promoting safety, health and wellbeing. This included a particular focus on healthy eating, with a view to encouraging fishers to eat more healthily.
In a joint initiative with the International Maritime Health Association, International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network and the International Transport Workers Federation, this project looked at the health and welfare needs of female seafarers, and how organisations can best improve the information and services available to them.