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

Seapost - May 2022

May 26, 2022

With this edition of Seapost, we would like to share the impact of our work in 2022, the launch of the Safety Net new website, our commitment to support Fairness in Fishing and a selection of key moments in our history to celebrate our Patron HM The Queen ahead of the Platinum Jubilee. Finally, don't miss out on the exclusive discount of £100 off your team registration for the 24 Peaks Challenge, use the code FINAL100 - valid until 6th June!

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The Seafarers’ Charity stands ready to support migrant workers in UK Fishing

May 17, 2022

The Seafarers’ Charity has been shocked at the findings of new research published by the University Of Nottingham Rights Lab which reveals evidence of poor treatment and lack of decent working conditions for some migrant workers on UK fishing vessels.

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Safety Net launched to boost financial resilience of UK merchant seafarers

May 13, 2022

Two leading maritime charities have responded to the cost of living crisis with new resources to support UK seafarers.

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Harland & Wolff launch partnership with The Seafarers' Charity

May 11, 2022

Harland & Wolff, the iconic multisite fabrication company with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has appointed The Seafarers’ Charity as its 2021/22 partner.

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The Seafarers' Charity grant award assists appointment of new NFFO Safety Lead

May 04, 2022

The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Risk, Safety and Training Lead. The post is partially supported by a three-year grant from The Seafarers’ Charity.

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The Seafarers' Charity launches the Spring appeal 2022

April 28, 2022

No one should have to choose between eating and staying warm, but it’s happening here at home.

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