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SeaFit

SeaFit is a long-term programme designed to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of fishermen throughout the UK, delivered in partnership with The Fishermen’s Mission. It links with NHS and Public Health services to facilitate access to local health promotion and prevention initiatives and, where services are limited, works with local teams to support outreach into fishing communities.

SeaFit provides a range of free services direct to the community:

The SeaFit brand is now established and recognised in many fishing ports around the UK. Evidence from the Programme shows that fishers are more likely to seek help to improve their health and wellbeing when services are taken directly to them at the quayside.

Using a holistic approach, we have been able to initiate individual health improvements in a relatively short time. More fishers are being empowered to change their behaviour by making positive lifestyle choices.

 

The SeaFit Programme 2020 impact

1,500

People engaged with the SeaFit programme

334

Dental Treatment & Advice

700

People engaged with by our Healthy Lifestyle Advisors

219

Mental Health sessions

Health checks

We are currently planning our next SeaFit health check event. We will send information about this in News and Publications section and via our Social Media channels.

Healthy Lifestyle Advisors

Our team of Healthy Lifestyle Advisors work with fishers and their families in various locations around the UK to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Activities include:

  • help to stop smoking
  • healthy eating and weight management
  • physical activity
  • help to stop alcohol and drug abuse

We currently offer healthy lifestyle advice in the following locations:

Cornwall

Our Healthy Lifestyle Advisor, Hazel Smith, is based in Newlyn, and works with fishers and their families in and around the harbour, offering advice and support on health issues:

To find out more about any aspect of the Healthy Lifestyle Advice service phone Hazel on 07753 460 957 or email:Ā [email protected]

Yorkshire

Our Healthy Trainer in Bridlington can be contacted by emailĀ [email protected]Ā or phone Rich Beecroft on 0800 917 7752

Aberdeenshire

The Health Lifestyle Advisor Peterhead can be contacted by email:Ā [email protected]Ā or phone Catriona Arthur on 07436Ā 020Ā 165

Free dental checks and initial treatment

We deliver free dental health checks and some initial treatment to fishers and their families through Dentaid and Smile Together.

Dental health is just as important as physical and mental health but when you’re out at sea it’s often not a priority. And if you can’t get to see a dentist or you neglect your teeth it can lead to significant problems later on.

That’s why the Seafarers Hospital Society has partnered with the Fishermen’s Mission and community dental providers Smile Together and Dentaid, to take dental health services into the fishing community. We’re providing free dental checks and follow-up treatment for fishers and their families at a variety of harbourside locations as part of SeaFit. We’re using state of the art mobile dental units, to provide high quality dental care where it’s needed.

To find out more about SeaFit’s work on dental health, call Carol Elliott on 07486 319 621 or email:Ā [email protected]

Mental health and wellbeing support

We provide mental health and wellbeing support to fishers and their families to complement the online service available free through Togetherall. We currently offer mental health and wellbeing support in the following locations:

Cornwall

Ceri Summers of Fairwinds, is based in Newlyn. Ceri is an experienced mental health practitioner offering advice, support and counselling to fishers and their families.

To find out more or to book an appointment to see Ceri callĀ 01736 366 224Ā or emailĀ [email protected]

Norfolk and Suffolk

We offer mental health and wellbeing advice, support and signposting in Norfolk and Suffolk through a project called Fishwell which is delivered by MTICC, a social enterprise working in mental health and wellbeing in East Anglia. Fishwell engages with fishers on the quayside at a variety of locations including Lowestoft, Southwold, Dunwich, Sizewell, Thorpeness, Alderburgh, Felixstowe, Orford, Cromer, Wells-next-the-sea and King’s Lynn.

To find out more call Fishwell onĀ 01284 765854, emailĀ [email protected]Ā or visit their websiteĀ www.fishwell.org.ukto find out about future events.

Physiotherapy network

In conjunction with Harbourside Physiotherapy Clinic, Seafarers Hospital Society has backed free physiotherapy to fishers for many years. The knowledge and expertise they have built up about the impact of fishing on physical health is unprecedented. See theĀ Fast Track Physiotherapy pageĀ for additional information on how to get treatment.

Cornwall & Devon

Padstow, Wadebridge

North Cornwall Physiotherapy 01208 816666 [email protected] Andrew Mooney

Plymouth

Fay Pedler Physiotherapy 01752 664519 [email protected] Ricky McKee

Newlyn

Harbourside Physiotherapy 01736 366224 [email protected] Lesley Harry

Mevagissey, St Austell

Sandy Hill Physical Therapy Centre 01726 676567 [email protected] Ged Gilchrest

Mevagissey, St Austell

Cornwall Physio 01726 819189 [email protected] Louise Nicholettos

Looe, Seaton

Cardew Physiotherapy & Performance 07843 249664 [email protected] Jen Cardew

Falmouth

Falmouth Physiotherapy 01326 312 156 [email protected] Phillipa Tindle

Brixham

Tidal Physiotherapy 07983 313 344 [email protected] Stephanie Murray

N Ireland

Kilkeel

Mourne Physiotherapy 02843 767336 [email protected] Christine Burns

Scotland

Peterhead

Peterhead Physiotherapy 01779 474381 [email protected] Alex McLean

Oban

Ruth Sunderland Physiotherapy 07806 569859 [email protected] Ruth Sunderland

Lochaber

Lochaber Complimentary Health Clinic (Weds only) 01397 702 257 Ruth Sunderland

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