As a leading grant-making charity, Seafarers UK needs to raise funds! We do this by raising our profile, to help our fundraisers increase income from individuals, corporates, trusts and foundations.

We also seek to raise awareness of the UK’s maritime welfare sector in its entirety – and thereby increase public understanding of the challenging lives of many seafarers. Only then will more British people appreciate why it is so important for us to support seafarers in need and their dependants, and also to encourage UK residents – especially young people – to consider working or serving at sea.

That’s why Seafarers UK coordinates and promotes Seafarers Awareness Week in June every year, timed to coincide with the International Maritime Organization’s worldwide ‘Day of the Seafarer’. Next year Seafarers Awareness Week will be 23-30 June, when Seafarers UK will continue the promotion of maritime employment opportunities, including include shore-based jobs; in 2018 with a topical emphasis on engineering.

Seafarers UK launched our ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign in 2015. Intended to raise public awareness of the UK’s ‘island nation’ dependence on seafarers past, present and future, this campaign encourages public bodies to fly the Red Ensign – the official flag of the UK Merchant Navy – atop civic buildings and prominent flag poles on 3 September. In 2017 all Parish, Town and Community Councils were invited to take part, in addition to larger Local Authorities and other owners of important and historic properties.

The charity’s considerable influence is also being used elsewhere for campaigning. Seafarers UK contributed to the UK Maritime Growth Study and is a member of Maritime UK, the industry’s promotional body, for whom we chair the ‘Careers Promotion Forum’. Of the Maritime Growth Study’s 18 main recommendations, nine related to skills and training.

For more information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email, phone 020 7932 5969.

In 2018 Seafarers Awareness Week will be 23-30 June