Links to other sources of help

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There are many other potential sources of help and information for seafarers. They include:

Apostleship of the Sea (RN, MN, FF, RM)
The Apostleship of the Sea is an agency of the Catholic Church which offers pastoral care to seafarers and their families through its chaplains, ship visitors and seafarers centres

Care Ashore (RN, MN, FF, RM)
Care Ashore at Springbok Estate provides sheltered housing and holidays, counselling and support to former merchant seafarers and fishermen

Citizens Advice (RN, MN, FF, RM)
Online advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau Service on a wide range of issues

Dreadnought Medical Service (MN, FF)
Information about the Dreadnought Medical Service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Hospital
Click here to find out more

Guild of Benevolence of the IMarEST (RN, MN, FF, RM)
The Guild of Benevolence of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology grants assistance
to marine engineers, past and present, who are in need, and to their dependants

International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) provides SeafarerHelp, a free referral service for seafarers and their families of all nationalities, available from anywhere in the world.

Marine Society and Sea Cadets (RN, MN, FF, RM)
The Marine Society and Sea Cadets provides a range of educational services for seafarers including financial support for personal and professional development, training, library services and careers advice

Maritime Charities Group (RN, MN, FF, RM)
The Maritime Charities Group (MCG) fosters collaboration across the maritime charity sector by sharing information, commissioning research, supporting the education and welfare of seafarers and their families, and promoting best practice within the sector.

Merchant Navy Association (MN)
The Merchant Navy Association aims to bring together serving and retired merchant seafarers and lobby on their behalf. It also brings old shipmates together through Seafarers Re-United

Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MN, FF)
The Merchant Navy Welfare Board supports co-ordination of the work of over 40 member charities and maintains Port Welfare Committees throughout the UK. It does not give grants to individuals but can direct applicants to appropriate sources of help

Mersey Mission (MN)
The Mission aims to meet the spiritual, social and welfare needs of seafarers (serving and retired) and their families ashore or afloat throughout Merseyside

Mission to Seafarers (RN, MN, FF)
The Mission to Seafarers is an Anglican agency providing practical and spiritual support to seafarers of all nationalities and faiths in over 230 ports around the world

Nautilus International (MN)
Nautilus International is the trade union for maritime professionals. Through the Nautilus Welfare Fund they provide welfare to needy seafarers and their dependants, including residential housing in Wallasey for retired seafarers

Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest (RN, MN, FF, RM, V)
The Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest provides accommodation for active and retired seafarers, ex-servicemen and other adults in need

Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society (RN, MN, FF, RM)
Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society provides nursing care and accommodation support to elderly, sick or disabled seafarers and their dependants

Royal British Legion (RN, RM, V)
The Royal British Legion provides a wide range of welfare services to serving and ex-Service personnel in need and to their families. This includes funds to cover a crisis, respite breaks, and care for the long and short term

Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphan Institution (MN, FF)
The Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphan Institution provides grants to families who’ve lost a seafaring parent

Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation (MN, FF)
The Foundation helps with the education costs of Merchant Navy seafarers’ children aged 8-25 who are in need. Help is available towards school/university fees, school uniform costs, school travel, books etc

Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen (FF)
The Fishermen’s Mission is a Christian organisation which provides emergency help and ongoing support to fishermen and their families, regardless of race or creed. They have a presence in over 70 UK fishing ports, plus 7 Mission Centres and 8 Welfare Offices

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RN, RM)
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust supports the men and women of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their families in times of need. They provide a range of support including financial assistance, nursing and residential care

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RN, RM)
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity provides a range of services including help for those in need by providing grants to charities that support Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel, past and present

Sailors’ Children’s Society (RN, MN, FF, RM)
The Sailors’ Children’s Society provides support to the children of Royal Navy or merchant seafarers and fishermen who are in severe hardship

Sailors’ Society (RN, MN, FF, RM)
The Sailors’ Society is an international Christian charity providing welfare support for merchant seafarers in port and on board. It has a network of trained chaplains working as ship visitors in ports around the globe

The Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line (SAIL) is a specialist telephone advice service for merchant seafarers, fishermen and their families, sponsored by the Seafarers Hospital Society

Scottish Nautical Welfare Society (MN)
The Society makes one-off and regular grants to ex-seafarers and their dependents as well advising on welfare benefits. It has a social and lunch club for members and a home visiting service

Seafarers’ Link (RN, MN, FF, RM)
Seafarers Link is a free fortnightly telephone conference service that links retired seafarers. 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.

Seafarer Support (RN, MN, FF, RM)
Seafarer Support is a referral service for UK-based serving and former seafarers and their families that aims to find suitable sources of help for those in need

Seafarers UK (RN, MN, FF, RM)
Seafarers UK gives grants to maritime charities that look after the welfare needs of seafarers, ex-seafarers and their dependants

Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society (MN, FF)
The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society aims to relieve distress amongst seafarers and the ex-seafaring community by providing grants to those in need

Sir Gabriel Woods Mariners’ Home (RN, MN, FF)
The home provides sheltered housing and residential care for retired seafarers and their spouses as well as a specialist unit for the care of those suffering from Korsakoff’s syndrome

SSAFA Forces Help (RN, RM, V)
The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help provides help and support to those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families

The Watch Ashore (MN)
The Watch Ashore is a not-for-profit social organisation that provides support and friendship to partners and families of Merchant Navy personnel and lobbies for reform.

Trinity House (RN, MN, FF)
Trinity House provides a range of services including retirement homes for ex-mariners and their dependants as well as financial support for young people seeking careers as officers in the Merchant Navy

Veterans UK (V)
Veterans UK provides a range of support services to veterans and their families including welfare support and free advice

RN – Royal Navy
MN – Merchant Navy
FF – Fishing Fleets
RM – Royal Marines
V – Veterans includes anyone who has served on a commercial vessel at a time when it was operated to facilitate legally defined military operations by HM Armed Forces. This definition applies to UK civilian seafarers from either Merchant Navy or fishing fleets, and encompasses all those serving aboard any UK vessel during WWI or WWII, and those serving in support of the military in subsequent conflicts , notably: Korea (1950-53), Suez (1956), South Atlantic (1982), Gulf/Kuwait Crisis (1990-91) and Gulf/Iraq Invasion (2003). All those with Royal Auxiliary service are also considered HM Forces Veterans.