The Seafarers' Charity (formerly Seafarers UK) 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.

Our Strategy

Our new strategy, 'Thrive', is a solution-focused approach. We’ve defined five strategic outcomes to achieve more for seafarers.

We’ll continue to support seafarers through traditional methods as well as getting to the root cause. We want our seafarers to be able to lead dignified and independent lives.

The COVID-19 crisis in India is already out of control and as the pandemic continues to increase in ferocity, seafarers and their families are in desperate need of our collective help. We urgently call on the industry to contribute to this Fund and help seafarers and their families affected by COVID-19 across India.

Our Impact

In 2020, your donations helped us to:

  • Support more than 50 organisations
  • Award over 80 grants
  • Release £2m in funding to support seafarers affected by COVID-19
  • Award over £3.5m in total funding

Our research provides an evidence base which informs our grant funding of the UK’s fishing fleet. Merchant Navy funding is informed by Maritime Charities Group regular and sector-wide research.

Donate Today

Can you help tackle the humanitarian and safety crisis raging at sea? The pandemic is far from over for 200,000 seafarers still stranded at sea. Your kind gift will make the world of difference to our brave, yet exhausted keyworkers – in the UK and internationally.

Grant Funding

Funding is available for charities working to improve the outcomes for seafarers and fishers in the following areas:

  • Enhanced financial resilience
  • Better working lives at sea
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Raised safety standards and practices
  • Increased social justice

This webinar sets out our grant funding strategy and approach to funding long-term outcomes for seafarers.

We do not support individuals. If you are a seafarer in need of support, please contact SAIL on FREEPHONE 0800 160 1842 or email advice@sailine.org.uk for advice on debt, housing, benefits, pensions, employment and relationships issues in the UK. For free multilingual support, please contact SeafarerHelp on +44 20 7323 2737 or email help@seafarerhelp.org

Upcoming Events

Join #TeamSeafarersKGFS and take part in one of our events in support of seafarers and their families. Can’t find the event you are looking for? Please email events@theseafarerscharity.org

Vitality Big Half

August 22, 2021

A half marathon finishing at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich - a race that truly connects to the maritime work of our charity.

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Virtual London Marathon

October 03, 2021

You race, your way! We have a limited number of places in the virtual marathon this year. Join us for the biggest race in history.

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The Great South Run

October 17, 2021

Run through history on a unique 10-mile course that takes you on an unforgettable journey through this proud Naval city.

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Vitality Big Half

August 22, 2021

A half marathon finishing at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich - a race that truly connects to the maritime work of our charity.

More details

Virtual London Marathon

October 03, 2021

You race, your way! We have a limited number of places in the virtual marathon this year. Join us for the biggest race in history.

More details

The Great South Run

October 17, 2021

Run through history on a unique 10-mile course that takes you on an unforgettable journey through this proud Naval city.

More details

Merchant Navy Fund

The Merchant Navy Fund is a much-needed collaborative initiative set up in 2012 to exclusively support Merchant Navy seafarers.

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