Aged Veterans Fund

Seafarers UK has been awarded a grant by the Aged Veterans Fund, initiated by the Chancellor using LIBOR money to carry out a research project to improve our understanding of the Merchant Navy Veterans community.

‘After several years of lobbying for proper recognition for Merchant Navy Veterans, Seafarers UK was pleased when the Veterans’ Minister agreed that they should be brought under the terms of the Armed Forces Covenant.  We are delighted that we have been given the resources to research and support this community of unsung and forgotten heroes.  

– Commodore Barry Bryant, Seafarers UK

 

 

What are the aims of the project?

  • To better define and understand the size, location, health and social care needs of the Merchant Navy Veterans’ community and their spouses/partners.
  • To raise the public profile of UK Merchant Navy Veterans.
  • To establish and evaluate two approaches to providing specialist support: the provision of four new homes for veteran merchant mariners at Mariners’ Park in Wallasey, and the provision of a caseworker service in Hull, Merseyside, Southampton and Glasgow to support veteran mariners in their own homes
  • To establish a set of strategic priorities arising from this research to inform future service development.

Who is involved in the project?

This project will be undertaken over a three year period, delivered by Seafarers UK and Nautilus Welfare Fund with the support of a wider group of organisations with an interest in understanding and meeting the needs of this group, and our academic research partner, the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University.

Who is our target group of Merchant Navy Veterans?

We are interested in people born before 1 January 1950 who were members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy and served on a civilian vessel whilst it was supporting HM Armed Forces.  In addition, we are interested in their spouses, partners and dependants.  Despite the present age qualification, we also hope that information arising from this project will eventually assist all Merchant Navy Veterans.

How can you help?

We need you and your organisation to raise awareness of this project. You can play an important role in encouraging seafarers to identify as Merchant Navy and RFA Veterans and to benefit from their Veteran’s status in terms of comradeship  and personal support.

Contact
If you have any questions, please do contact:

For the overall project:
Valerie Coleman
Programme Development Manager
Seafarers UK
valerie.coleman@seafarers.uk

Julia Whyard
Principal Consultant
Institute of Public Care
Oxford Brookes University
jwhyard@brookes.ac.uk

For the two MN Veterans’ Services Projects:
Mick Howarth
Welfare Services Manager
Nautilus Welfare Fund
MHowarth@Nautilusint.org

Interim Report Launched: Understanding the Needs of Older Merchant Navy Veterans

The Institute of Public Care was commissioned by Seafarers UK to undertake a research project to understand the numbers, location and needs of Merchant Navy Veterans, and their access to services.

Read the report