The Sailors’ Society is one of the oldest maritime charities in the world and was established to better the lives of men and women at sea.
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Established in 1818 by a group of preachers and laymen in London whose desire was to alleviate the hardship of seafarers in distress, Sailors’ Society has presence in over 90 ports around the globe. It is the oldest maritime charity in the world.
WHAT ISSUES DO THEY CARE ABOUT?
- Rebuilding – started after the typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. The organization builds homes, school buildings, and medical facilities for families in great need.
- Schools – resources for and access to quality education, and better schooling opportunities for children.
- Wellness – anchored on the need to maintain physical, spiritual, and mental well-being of seafarers at sea, in port, or at home.
- Nautical Education – training and grants for people who want to pursue maritime education but can’t afford it.
- Community – chaplains to look after seamen at port, and retired seafarers, providing feeding programs, bible studies, and companionship.
- Innovation – using technological advancement to better the connectivity of seafarers to chaplains, their access to wellness programs, and to provide an online support platform for their wives.
WHAT SERVICES DO THEY OFFER? HOW TO AVAIL OF THEM?
In general, the organization provides a variety of services ranging from ship visits and chaplaincy, transportation, spiritual guidance and counselling, access to medical treatment, welfare support, and maritime education scholarships. For Filipino seafarers, the following are available:
Sailors’ Society offers up to £500 (GBP) for seafarers’ continuing education. They do not provide for food and accommodation. However, in cases of real financial hardship, a welfare grant might be considered. Also, this grant is only applicable to those who serve or have intent to serve at sea. Land-based jobs do not qualify. Request for an application by sending an email to [email protected].
The Propeller Club
Funding for vocational training that focuses on maritime catering. This course prepares its students to be maritime cooks. The program has already produced 25 graduates. For more information on this and other scholarships, email [email protected].
Wellness at Sea
A well-rounded program that includes an online e-learning platform, a coaching course for the seafarers’ companies (a similar course for individual learning can be availed of for only $3), and a free app that gives healthy life hacks, recipes and exercises. A downloadable brochure with more information can be found at here, and the app can be downloaded from the App Store or on Google Play.
A free online forum that offers advice, discussion, and support network for seafarers wives, families and partners. The app can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store.
Varied projects initiated by the Sailors’ Society’s family outreach officers. Projects include clubs for both the wives and the children of seafarers. These are coursed through local churches, schools, and shipping companies.
The Society’s chaplains and volunteers visit crew on board ships at 90 ports worldwide. They offer a listening ear, assistance with small welfare grants, and even rides into town. You can call +44(0)23 8051 5950 or go here to get more information on the local port chaplain visit.
Crisis Response Network
24-hour counseling and assistance to get in touch with other welfare support and services. Email [email protected] to contact Sailors’ Society’s trained responders.
WHERE ELSE CAN WE FIND THEM?
HOW DO WE DONATE OR GET INVOLVED?
For over 20 decades, the Sailors’ Society has been steadfast in ensuring that our seafarers get the best of what they deserve in terms of welfare and support. Established to better the lives of men and women at sea, they will always respond to the flares of every sailor in need.