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.

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

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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Appeal launched by IAPH and The Seafarers’ Charity to assist Ukrainian port workers and their families

April 26, 2022

Ukrainian seaports are in the frontline of the war. Help port workers and their families, now and through the crisis.

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The Seafarers’ Charity’s Chief Executive Officer to step down

April 07, 2022

The Seafarers’ Charity’s Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Spencer will step down on 6 July 2022

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