ACHIEVEMENTS & PERFORMANCE
Targeting areas of greatest need
Across the three maritime sectors we have identified five categories under the terms of our Royal Charter. These are identified below. 1. OLDER & EX-SEAFARERS
Twenty eight of our grants included an element of support for older and ex-seafarers and the total spend on this group was £928,967, the largest category of beneficiaries both by total awarded and number of organisations benefiting. The largest beneficiary charity, the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society, received £250,000 for the year. The money provides help to Merchant seafarers, fishermen and dependants in need, with support ranging from immediate grants to widows when a seafarer dies; regular grants to retired and elderly seafarers and widows, and grants to those retiring early due to ill health, disability or accident. In addition, special grants are offered to meet crisis situations. Nautilus Welfare Fund received a grant of £178,250 towards their range of specialist housing, care and support services for retired seafarers and their dependants. Our grant will go to support the costs of accommodation at Mariners’ Park Care Home, a therapeutic physiotherapy service and an advice and case working project. The case working project started life as a Maritime Charities Funding Group (MCFG) funded trial looking at innovative ways of supporting ex-seafarers and their families through a casework and support service, embracing not only financial needs but also wider health and social care issues. A new feature of the proposed initiative is that the caseworker would be trained to provide ‘brief intervention’ on promoting health and wellbeing. It is also proposed that the
caseworker works closely with SAIL, the telephone advice service, to ensure their expertise is utilised in complex benefit and debt situations. Our grant this year to the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust of £93,644 supports the work of the Trust with retired and ex-seafarers, their widows and dependants through a contribution towards the costs of electrically propelled vehicles and stair lifts and riser/recliner chairs. One other grant of note included £61,760 awarded to The Scottish Nautical Welfare Society to support needy elderly seafarers.
2. SEAFARERS’ DEPENDANTS & FAMILIES
This covers a wide variety of people in need with a spend in this category of £468,780. This year we have been able to support a new collaborative project – The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP). This new organisation was established by the International Transport Federation Seafarers Trust to expand their work in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. MPHRP is supporting the humanitarian aspects of seafarers and their families who have experienced a traumatic incident caused by piracy attack, armed robbery or being taken hostage. The MPHRP helps support the families in a variety of ways including liaising with the different authorities and industry partners to ensure the correct medical support and assistance is provided. We are very grateful to Associated British Ports, who donated £20,000 towards this project, demonstrating another strand of our partnership working between ourselves and commercial organisations who wish to support key maritime projects.
3. SEAFARERS OF WORKING AGE
In 2012 Seafarers UK spent £653,462 supporting seafarers of working age, across 22 organisations spread throughout the UK and Commonwealth. The welfare