The Seafarers' Charity makes a life-changing impact in troubled times. Our grants to organisations support those who work – or have worked – at sea, and their families.

Proactive and forward-looking, we also seek ways to prevent issues becoming problems. Through funding, collaboration, research and advocacy, we tackle the root causes of seafarer hardship and disadvantage in the UK and around the world.

In 2021, your donations helped us to:

award 74 grants, totalling £2.9m to 56 organisations. More than just money, these funds will transform the lives of thousands of seafarers at home and abroad.

The impact of your support

Our strategy

Our new strategy, 'Thrive', is a solution-focused approach. We’re seeking out ways to tackle the core, systemic issues so seafarers can live dignified lives.

Grant funding

The Seafarers' Charity operates four main grant programmes to provide specialist funding to seafarers in need and their families.

Our influence

We use grant funding, research, advocacy and collaboration to achieve better outcomes for seafarers in respect of their financial resilience, health and well-being, better working lives, safety and social justice. See our current areas of work.

Donate Today

Our seafarers are our lifeline. Please donate today and make a life-changing difference to seafarers in need and their families.

Other ways to get involved

Upcoming fundraising events

Take part in an event or fundraise to help support seafarers and their families at a time of crisis.

Our latest news

Deborah Layde appointed as the new Chair of the Women in Maritime Network

October 04, 2022

The Seafarers' Charity Chief Executive, Deborah Layde, was appointed as the new Chair of the Women in Maritime Network

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FISH Platform announces funding and conference for fishing health & safety

September 16, 2022

The Fishing Industry’s Safety & Health Platform (FISH Platform) is announcing vital new funding as well as a conference for international fishing safety and health taking place in Sri Racha, Thailand on 15 and 16 November 2022.

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The Seafarers' Charity expresses great sadness at the passing of our Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

September 08, 2022

Our sincere condolences are with the Royal Family at this difficult time.

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The Seafarers’ Charity celebrates Merchant Navy Medal for Trustee

September 03, 2022

The Seafarers’ Charity is celebrating the announcement that Robert Greenwood, trustee of the charity, has been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.

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Seapost - August 2022

August 19, 2022

With just a few weeks to go until our Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day campaign, please see how you can get involved on 3 September. In this newsletter, we are also delighted to announce that The Seafarers’ Charity became the latest organisation to join the Diversity in Maritime Charter, share the winners of our #SafetyDrillTime competition and much more.

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The Seafarers’ Charity joins Diversity in Maritime Charter programme

August 12, 2022

Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the maritime sector, has welcomed The Seafarers’ Charity as the latest organisation to join the Diversity in Maritime Charter.

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