Programme

Maritime Charities Group Conference 28th & 29th October 2019

Day One


09.30 – 11.45 | Registration and coffee

10.00 – 11.30 | Storytelling Workshop (this workshop is repeated at 2.50pm on Day 1 and at 11.30am on Day 2)

Transform your charity’s impact by developing your own skills to become a teller of compelling and meaningful stories. The workshop session is led by a talented team from Narativ UK.

 “The workshop is beautifully paced and elegantly facilitated. But the real magic is what happens afterwards. How this work finds a way into your everyday life both professionally and personally. I cannot think of any industry sector that would not benefit from this important work.” – Previous workshop participant


Conference Session 1           

11.45 – 12.00 | MCG Chairman’s Introduction

12.00 – 1.00 | Maritime Charity Sector Review 2019

Speaker | Dr Catherine Walker, The Researchery

This session will reveal the findings of the recent Maritime Charities Group Survey on the Charitable Provision for Seafarers 2019. Find out how our Maritime Charity environment has changed since the previous survey in 2017 undertaken as part of the Navigating Change research programme.

1.00 – 1.40 | Lunch and networking


Conference Session 2

1.40 – 2.40 | The State of Ageing: challenges for the future

Chair | Mick Howarth, Welfare Manager, Nautilus Welfare Fund

Speakers | Dr Aideen Young, Centre for Ageing Better & Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

Today’s least well-off over 50s face far greater challenges than wealthier peers and are likely to die younger, become sicker earlier and fall out of work due to ill-health.

Following its  report ‘The State of Ageing in 2019’, the Centre for Ageing Better is calling for a radical rethink from Government, businesses and charities to ensure the next generation of older people can experience a good quality of life as they age and make the most of the opportunities presented by longer lives.

The research brought together publicly available data sources to reveal vast differences in how people experience ageing depending on factors such as where they live, how much money they have or what sex or ethnicity they are. While people aged 65 can expect to live just half of the remainder of their life without disability, those in less affluent parts of the country will die earlier and be sicker for longer. Ill health is a major cause of people falling out of work prematurely and can affect quality of life and access to services like healthcare.

Britain is undergoing a radical demographic shift, with the number of people aged 65 and over set to grow by more than 40% in just two decades, reaching over 17 million by 2036.

 “Social care policy is the zombie of modern policy debate, stumbling unsteadily around in circles.” – Simon Bottery

Rising disability among working-age adults and a growth in the number of people over 65 is putting rising pressure on the adult social care system in England, with more people requesting care but fewer people receiving it.

New analysis from The King’s Fund shows that the proportion of working-age adults approaching local authorities for support has risen by 4 per cent – over 23,000 people – since 2015/16. At the same time, England’s increasing older population is fuelling greater demand for services.


Conference Session 3

2.50 – 4.20 | Workshops

a) Storytelling (repeated from this morning)

Transform your charity’s impact by developing your own skills to become a teller of compelling and meaningful stories. The workshop session is led by a talented team from Narativ UK.

b) The Financial Resilience of UK Fishermen.

Speakers | Tina Barnes, Dr Paul Jones & Miles Cowley

Since the middle ages share fishermen have held a unique recognised employment and taxation status. The UK’s share fishermen enjoy flexibility and choice in when and where they work. However, similar to many people working in today’s gig economy they do not have a guaranteed salary, lack entitlement to annual leave or sick pay and must manage their own tax and national insurance contributions. Seafarers UK’s new research project has explored the real life financial problems experienced by the UK’s fishermen. The emerging findings from the research will be shared for the first time. This is your opportunity to consider the following questions:

  • Are share fishermen the medieval originators of the gig economy?
  • What strategies can be developed to support the UK’s fishermen to become more financially resilient?
  • What is the role of maritime welfare charities in supporting and promoting financial resilience?

c) Silver Line – Combatting isolation

Speaker | Jan Williams, Silver Line & Seafarers’ Links

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Seafarers’ Links are free, regular, group friendship telephone calls which enable up to six like-minded people to talk at the same time.  They offer an easy way to connect with people who have a maritime background, to make new friends, and to share stories and experiences of life at sea.

d) Seafarer Mental Health and Wellbeing

Chair | Lysanne Wilson, Health Development Manager, Seafarers Hospital Society

 “Mental illness is estimated to cost UK businesses £30 billion every year, through lost production, recruitment and absence .The Office of National Statistics has reported that one in six  adults will be experiencing a mental health problem at any one time. The chances of members of ships’ crews being affected are therefore statistically high – and may be exacerbated by particular aspects of seafaring, such as separation from family and isolation.” Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Mental Health Awareness, National Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Committee, 2018.

Seafarer mental health and wellbeing currently has a high profile but the proliferation of initiatives and approaches to training and prevention can be confusing. Join us in this workshop to learn from initiatives both within and outside the maritime sectors. Help us shape the priorities for future developments in our seafaring sectors.

e) Building Stronger Seafaring Families

Speaker | Ben Collins, Director of Services, Relate

Chair | Mandy Lindley, Director of Grants & External Partnerships, RNRMC

Statistics provided by Relate shows that relationship problems have been in the top five problems presenting in each of the last ten years. In the Tri-Service Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) 2015, 52% of respondents stated that they felt that their relationship with their serving partner would be better if they left the Royal Navy / Royal Marines. 68% had started a conversation with their serving spouse about leaving the Service.

The Royal Navy, with support from the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity decided to look externally to Relate, recognised experts in relationship counselling. Over the past two years, the RNRMC has allocated almost £250,000 to enable naval personnel to access free relationship and marriage counselling services through Relate with excellent results. From February 2019 the Building Stronger Families Portal a free, self-directed online learning programme supporting naval couple and family relationships has also been launched https://www.rnrmc.org.uk/relationship-support. Come and learn from the success of this partnership and consider potential wider application across our Seafaring sectors.


Conference Session 4

4.30 – 5.15 | Merchant Navy Veterans

Speakers | Professor Keith Moultrie & Julia Whyard, Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University

Chair | Catherine Spencer, CEO, Seafarers UK

“Members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Merchant Navy deserve recognition for their service to their country in successive conflicts. All those who have served on a civilian vessel whilst it was supporting HM Armed Forces are recognised as veterans. It is therefore appropriate that this group is recognised and supported by the Armed Forces Covenant. This is a sign of the nation’s gratitude.” – Mark Lancaster MP, Minister for Personnel and Veterans

Has the Armed Forces Covenant made a difference to MN and RFA Veterans? Research by the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Aged Veterans Fund has explored the MN Veteran experience and how it fits within current Ex Armed Forces and public sector services. The research provides an up to date understanding of the impact of conflict experience on MN veterans’ health and social care needs and explores the implications of this for commissioner and provider organisations.


Conference Session 5

5.15 – 5.30 | The State of Our Maritime Nation- implications for Seafarer Welfare

Speaker | Nusrat Ghani MP, Maritime Minister

5.30 – 7.30 | Drinks Reception


Day Two


9.00 -9.30 | Registration and Coffee

9.30 -9.40 | MCG Chairman’s introduction to Day Two

Conference Session 6

9.40 -10.20 | What’s the Future for Our Charities? Can we learn from Social Enterprise?

Speaker | Patrick Nash (CEO Enterprise Values)

“Social enterprise is a growing part of the economy.  In September last year, a Social Enterprise UK report showed there to be over 100,000 social enterprises contributing £60bn to the UK economy and employing two million people, considerably higher than previous estimates. And increasingly there are plenty of charities that are now engaged in social enterprise and see this as a key part of their sustainability.” – Patrick Nash


Conference Session 7                       

10.20 -11.20 | Charity Trustees- How can we develop diverse Trustee Boards in the Maritime Charity Sector?

Panel |Cordelia Osewa-Ediae, Senior Consultant, Green Park Leadership Recruitment and Consultancy Services, Clare Scherer, Chief Executive, Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund, Penny Wilson, Chief Executive, Getting on Board

Chair | Deborah Layde, Grants Director, Seafarers UK

Not For Profit organisations, be they charities, social enterprises, social or community businesses, need to wake up to the notion that if they are only considering the pool of “usual candidates” their organisation’s capacity to truly question, challenge and innovate is hindered if a board does not encapsulate diversity of thought, then the organisation as a whole will be increasingly ill-equipped to deal with even basics such as governance and risk. We are living in an age where charities are facing multiple challenges in a vibrant, fluid, digitally enabled environment. The rules are changing. Given mounting evidence of the correlation between genuine diversity at the top and better decision making, and between genuine diversity at the top and greater financial sustainability, those organisations with the resources to deal with these shifts will almost inevitably be better equipped to keep ahead of the curve.”  (Thinking Differently about Diversity, Green Park & Addaction 2017)


Conference Session 8

11.30 -1.00 | Workshops

f) Storytelling (Repeated from Day One)

Transform your charity’s impact by developing your own skills to become a teller of compelling and meaningful stories. The workshop session is led by a talented team from Narativ UK.

g) Seafarer Mental Health and Wellbeing

Chair | Lysanne Wilson, Health Development Manager, Seafarers Hospital Society

“Mental illness is estimated to cost UK businesses £30 billion every year, through lost production, recruitment and absence. The Office of National Statistics has reported that one in six adults will be experiencing a mental health problem at any one time. The chances of members of ships’ crews being affected are therefore statistically high – and may be exacerbated by particular aspects of seafaring, such as separation from family and isolation.” Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Mental Health Awareness, National Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Committee, 2018.

Seafarer mental health and wellbeing currently has a high profile but the proliferation of initiatives and approaches to training and prevention can be confusing. Join us in this workshop to learn from initiatives both within and outside the maritime sectors. Help us shape the priorities for future developments in our seafaring sectors.

h) SAIL Debt Masterclass

The Seafarers Advice and Information Line (SAIL) was established in 1996. Over the years its services have expanded to reach out to Merchant Navy, Royal Navy & Royal Marines and the Fishing Fleets.  This workshop session will focus on the experience of debt amongst seafarers and how to support them.

Whether it’s a period of illness, loss of employment or a sudden unexpected bill, it’s easy to let financial situations get out of control.  All SAIL advisers are fully trained to give debt advice and help seafarers and their families find the best way out of money problems. SAIL has got a specialist quality mark for debt advice so seafarers will be in safe hands. Come and hear from the experts about the best ways to deal with debt.

i) Trustee Recruitment Masterclass

Speaker | Penny Wilson, Chief Executive, Getting On Board

Charity trustees are some of the most important people in a charity. Research by Getting On Board found that 74% of charities were struggling to recruit trustees. Most charities were not using open, professional recruitment processes to recruit trustees which are leading to charities not finding the best trustees they need to operate effectively.

The research found that for the most part, trustee vacancies are not advertised, and that often there are no trustee role-descriptions and new trustees do not receive any form of induction.

The research also found that only 54% of charities advertise trustee vacancies on their own websites and press adverts are used by only 15% of charities.

In 2017 Maritime Charities reported that trustee recruitment was one of their key concerns. Join this workshop to hear more about practical and proven ways to recruit trustees for your charities.


Conference Session 9

1.15 – 1.45 | The Working Lunch: debate the issues raised during conference over a glass of wine and a sandwich

1.45 – 2.15 | Chairman’s summing up and farewells

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