Helping to make a fresh start in life

Seafarers UK - a charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families.

Robert became a fisherman at 18, working away at sea for long periods to provide for his partner and two young children. Spending time away put a lot of pressure on his relationship. Sadly one day, it broke down altogether. Robert struggled to cope and shortly after the break up he became homeless. Over the next few months, his mental health deteriorated rapidly.

When he first made contact with Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line (SAIL), he was suffering the terrible effects of depression and severe anxiety. SAIL put Robert in touch with Care Ashore who found him a temporary place to call home. They brought further stability to his life by helping him secure Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit.

After living on the streets, Robert had no belongings and very little clothing. The charities worked together to buy him new clothes. Small things like this make all the difference – they were an essential part of helping Robert make a fresh start in life.

Now, just a few months on, Robert has made the most of the support offered to him by Care Ashore and SAIL. He’s turned his life around and is now ready to go back to work as a fisherman.

Seafarers UK previously awarded grants to both SAIL and Care Ashore to help them with the amazing work that they do for people like Robert.