SeaFit Programme

CORONAVIRUS – Support from the Society

Based upon Government advice we have had to postpone all SeaFit Health events for the foreseeable future. We will reschedule and provide new dates as soon as it is safe to do so.

SeaFit providers are still offering telephone and email health support to fishermen and their families during these difficult times. If we can’t answer your question we will find someone who can.

SeaFit Support Email Phone
Mental Health Counsellor Newlyn Thursday & Friday fairwinds@781.com 07934 720429
Healthy Lifestyle Advisor Newlyn Hazel.Smith@cornwall.gov.uk 07753 460957
Fishwell Mental Health Counsellor Norfolk/Suffolk info@fishwell.org.uk 07930 273807
Health Trainer Bridlington HNF-TR.healthtrainers@nhs.net 0800 9177752
Programme Management/General Enquiries pdmseafit@fishermensmission.org.uk 07486 319621
SeaFit Support
Mental Health Counsellor Newlyn Thursday & Friday
Email: fairwinds@781.com
Phone: 07934 720429
Healthy Lifestyle Advisor Newlyn
Email: Hazel.Smith@cornwall.gov.uk
Phone: 07753 460957
Fishwell Mental Health Counsellor Norfolk/Suffolk
Email: info@fishwell.org.uk
Phone: 07930 273807
Health Trainer Birdlington
Email: HNF-TR.healthtrainers@nhs.net
Phone: 0800 9177752
Programme Management/General Enquiries
Email: pdmseafit@fishermensmission.org.uk
Phone: 07486 319621
Seafit Programme

To hear about how the SeaFit Programme has benefitted fishermen in Cornwall and elsewhere, listen to the Podcast from Fathom

The SeaFit Programme is a joint initiative from the Seafarers Hospital Society and the Fishermen’s Mission, working in partnership to deliver sustainable improvements in the health and wellbeing of fishermen and their families around the UK. Funded by Seafarers UK, the SeaFit Programme started in July 2018 and will run until the end of 2020.

The Programme covers numerous aspects of mental and physical health and wellbeing and provides a range of services direct to the community completely free of charge. This includes:

  • Health checks at the harbourside
  • Healthy Lifestyle Advisors in the community
  • Dental checks with some initial treatment
  • Access to mental health and wellbeing support to complement Big White Wall
  • Development of a network of physiotherapists trained to meet the specific needs of fishermen, initially in Cornwall and Devon

arrow To download a report of the first year, click here

Health checks

The first SeaFit health check event took place in Peterhead from 2nd – 4th October 2018 and was an outstanding success. The event brought together a wide range of health and wellbeing experts to provide advice, support and treatment at or near the harbourside. Over the course of three days we saw many local fishermen and their families, undertaking 59 health checks and 21 dental checks.

The second was in three locations in Northern Ireland: Ardglass for two days in March 2019, followed by one day in Portavogie and two days in Kilkeel in April 2019. Altogether we reached over 150 fishermen in the three ports, with blood pressure and diabetes checks, Carbon Monoxide and skin cancer tests, physiotherapy, oral health checks and eye tests as well as information, support and guidance on many aspects of physical and mental health and wellbeing.

We are currently planning our next SeaFit health check event. Watch this space for details.

Healthy Lifestyle Advisors

Our aim is to build a team of Healthy Lifestyle Advisors to work with fishermen and their families in various locations around the UK. Work has started in two key communities, East Riding and Newlyn.

East Riding

The first Health trainer project was launched in East Riding on the Yorkshire coast, on 24th October. Targeting the fishing communities of Bridlington and the surrounding area, the trainers are working with fishermen and their families to improve their overall health and wellbeing and connect them to local health and wellbeing services. The service is delivered on behalf of SeaFit by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Living Seas Programme and Humber NHS Teaching Foundation Trust. This follows a successful two-year pilot which was part-funded by the Society.

In their first 3 months the team have engaged with nearly 100 local fishermen and families and are beginning to make a real impact. Skipper John White is a case in point. With support from the Healthtrainers he has improved his diet and lost over a stone in weight. He says he feels much better and is encouraging his crew to get checked too.

To find out more call the Healthtrainer service on 0800 9117752 or email hnf-tr.healthtrainers@nhs.net

arrow Click here to find out more about the launch of the East Riding (Holderness) project

Skipper John White

Skipper John White

Newlyn

A similar scheme is now up and running in Newlyn.  Our Healthy Lifestyle Advisor, Hazel Smith, is based at Harbourside Physiotherapy, and works with fishermen and their families in and around the harbour. She offers advice and support on a variety of health issues, including stopping smoking, healthy eating and weight management, physical activity, alcohol, drugs, sexual health and cancers. She also undertakes free NHS Health Checks and refers on to other specialist services.

To find out more about any aspect of the Healthy Lifestyle Advice service call Hazel on 07753 460 957 or email: hazel.smith@cornwall.gov.uk

Free dental checks and initial treatment

We are working with community dental providers Dentaid and Smile Together to deliver free dental checks and some initial treatment to fishermen and their families. A number of successful events have taken place around the country and more are planned for the coming year. Wherever possible, dental checks will also be included in the health checks events.

arrow Click here to find out more 

Mental health and wellbeing support

We are exploring a variety of ways of providing mental health and wellbeing support to fishermen and their families to complement the online service already available free to all fishermen and merchant seafarers and their families through Big White Wall. The first service to get off the ground is in Newlyn, provided by Ceri Summers of Fairwinds, through the Harbourside Physiotherapy Clinic.

Newlyn

The first service to get off the ground was in Newlyn, and is provided by Ceri Summers of Fairwinds, through the Harbourside Physiotherapy Clinic. Ceri is an experienced mental health practitioner offering advice, support and counselling to fishermen and their families in the Newlyn area. She works in a practical and constructive way, using a variety of tools and techniques to help her clients find solutions to their problems.

To find out more or to book an appointment to see Ceri call 01736 366 224 or email fairwinds781@outlook.com

Norfolk and Suffolk

We now also offer mental health and wellbeing advice and 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 is engaging with fishermen 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 on 01284 765854, email info@fishwell.org.uk or visit their website www.fishwell.org.uk to find out about future events.

Network of physiotherapists

Harbourside Physiotherapy Clinic has been providing free physiotherapy to fishermen with funding from the Society for many years. The knowledge and expertise they have built up about the impact of fishing on physical health is unprecedented. We are working with Harbourside to create a network of physiotherapists who have practices close to the harbour. They will be trained and supported to provide a holistic and preventative approach to physiotherapy services for local fishermen.

A number of physiotherapy clinics have signed up to the scheme. They are:

Cornwall & Devon

AREA CLINIC TEL/EMAIL CONTACT
Brixham Tidal Physiotherapy 07983 313 344
info@tidalphysiotherapy.com
Stephanie Murray
Falmouth Falmouth Physiotherapy 01326 312 156
admin@falmouthphysio.co.uk
Phillipa Tindle
Looe
Seaton
Cardew Physiotherapy & Performance 07843 249664
jccardew@me.com
Jen Cardew
Mevagissey
St Austell
Cornwall Physio 01726 819 189
info@cornwallphysio.co.uk
Louise Nicholettos
Mevagissey
St Austell
Sandy Hill Physical Therapy Centre 01726 676 567
helpme@sandyhillphysio.co.uk
Ged Gilchrest
Newlyn Harbourside Physiotherapy 01736 366 224
Lesley@harboursidephysiotherapy.co.uk
Lesley Harry
Newquay
St Column Major
JB Physio 07930 424841
jobrown@jb-physio.co.uk
Jo Brown
Padstow
Wadebridge
North Cornwall Physiotherapy 01208 816666
info@northcornwallphysio.co.uk
Andrew Mooney
Plymouth Fay Pedler Physiotherapy 01752 664 519
rickymckee@faypedlerclinic.co.uk
Ricky  McKee

Network Members

A number of physiotherapy clinics have signed up to the scheme. They are:

Cornwall & Devon

AREA
Brixham
CLINIC
Tidal Physiotherapy
TEL/EMAIL
07983 313 344
info@tidalphysiotherapy.com
CONTACT
Stephanie Murray
AREA
Falmouth
CLINIC
Falmouth Physiotherapy
TEL/EMAIL
01326 312 156
admin@falmouthphysio.co.uk
CONTACT
Phillipa Tindle
AREA
Looe
Seaton
CLINIC
Cardew Physiotherapy & Performance
TEL/EMAIL
07843 249664
jccardew@me.com
CONTACT
Jen Cardew
AREA
Mevagissey
St Austell
CLINIC
Cornwall Physio
TEL/EMAIL
01726 819 189
info@cornwallphysio.co.uk
CONTACT
Louise Nicholettos
AREA
Mevagissey
St Austell
CLINIC
Sandy Hill Physical Therapy Centre
TEL/EMAIL
01726 676 567
helpme@sandyhillphysio.co.uk
CONTACT
Ged Gilchrest
AREA
Newlyn
CLINIC
Harbourside Physiotherapy
TEL/EMAIL
01736 366 224
Lesley@harboursidephysiotherapy.co.uk
CONTACT
Lesley Harry
AREA
Newquay
St Column Major
CLINIC
JB Physio
TEL/EMAIL
07930 424841
jobrown@jb-physio.co.uk
CONTACT
Jo Brown
AREA
Padstow
Wadebridge
CLINIC
North Cornwall Physiotherapy
TEL/EMAIL
01208 816666
info@northcornwallphysio.co.uk
CONTACT
Andrew Mooney
AREA
Plymouth
CLINIC
Fay Pedler Physiotherapy
TEL/EMAIL
01752 664 519
rickymckee@faypedlerclinic.co.uk
CONTACT
Ricky  McKee

Scotland

AREA CLINIC TEL/EMAIL CONTACT
Lochaber Ruth Sunderland at Lochaber Complimentary Health Clinic (Weds only) 01397 702 257
info@lochaberclinic.co.uk
Lochaber Clinic
Oban Ruth Sunderland Physiotherapy 07806 569859
helloruthsunderland@gmail.com
Ruth Sunderland
Peterhead Peterhead Physiotherapy 01779 474381 or 07814 545430
alex@physio22.co.uk
Alex McLean
Tarbert & Campbeltown Body & Sole 07799 334665
thephysioclinic1@gmail.com
Jessica Little

Scotland

AREA
Lochaber
CLINIC
Ruth Sunderland at Lochaber
Complimentary Health Clinic (Weds only)
TEL/EMAIL
01397 702 257
info@lochaberclinic.co.uk
CONTACT
Lochaber Clinic
AREA
Oban
CLINIC
Ruth Sunderland Physiotherapy
TEL/EMAIL
07806 569859
helloruthsunderland@gmail.com
CONTACT
Ruth Sunderland
AREA
Peterhead
CLINIC
Peterhead Physiotherapy
TEL/EMAIL
01779 474381 or 07814 545430
alex@physio22.co.uk
CONTACT
Alex McLean
AREA
Tarbert & Campbeltown
CLINIC
Body & Sole
TEL/EMAIL
07799 334665
thephysioclinic1@gmail.com
CONTACT
Jessica Little

N Ireland

AREA CLINIC TEL/EMAIL CONTACT
Kilkeel Mourne Physiotherapy 02843 767336 or 07736 004773
mournephysioclinic@yahoo.co.uk
Christine Burns

N Ireland

AREA
Kilkeel
CLINIC
Mourne Physiotherapy
TEL/EMAIL
02843 767336 or 07736 004773
mournephysioclinic@yahoo.co.uk
CONTACT
Christine Burns

To find out more about the physio network, call Lysanne Wilson, SHS Health Development Manager on 020 8858 3898 or email: lysannewilson@seahospital.org.uk

For information about any other aspect of the SeaFit Programme call Carol Elliott, Project Delivery Manager on 07486 319 621 or email: PDMSeafit@fishermensmission.org.uk