Maritime Charities Group Conference 2019

November 20, 2019

The Maritime Charities Group conference took place 28-29 October 2019 at Trinity House, London, attended by over 120 maritime organisations.

Two years on from the publication of Navigating Change: A Review of the UK Maritime Charity Welfare Sector, the conference provided an opportunity to reflect on changes in our sector and in wider society.

Delegates heard presentations on social care, Merchant Navy Veterans, the need for diverse trustee boards and social entrepreneurship skills in maritime charities. A wide range of workshops were facilitated by Relate, SAIL, The Silverline and Getting on Board. Narativ UK led three sessions on storytelling best practice.

Key findings: 

  • 68% of Maritime Welfare Charities surveyed reported that they expected the next 12 months to be a ‘crunch time’ in terms of increasing demand for services and support.
  • Charitable provision for serving seafarers has increased with the biggest rise seen in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines sector.
  • Over 50% of  Maritime Welfare Charities were of the opinion that still more needs to be done for serving and younger retired seafarers

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