Grant-making focus and impact

As a grant-giving charity, Seafarers UK’s mandate is to provide financial support where the need is greatest, across the fishing, mercantile and naval defence sectors.

Seafarers UK’s cornerstone aims are to provide for the relief of seafarers, their families or dependants who are in need; the education and training of people of any age to prepare for work or service at sea; promotion of the efficiency and effectiveness of the maritime charitable sector; and the promotion of safety at sea.

Seafarers UK does not receive government funding and is dependent on the generosity of corporate partnerships and individual donors. In 2018, we raised £1.91 million in donations and invested £2.4 million in the causes that Seafarers UK is committed to supporting across welfare, education and safety. In doing so we helped over 170,000 people in the UK and overseas.

The charity’s 2018 funding in support of serving seafarers (43% of grant-making spend) included investment across charitable projects that re-skill seafarers to develop and prolong their careers, frontline charities involved in advice and information, international port based welfare services, and individual welfare support grants and services. Such funding shows how Seafarers UK has the flexibility to provide funds in times of crisis.

The future for seafaring

19% of Seafarers UK’s grant-making in 2018 went to charities and projects focused on inspiring people to pursue a career in the maritime sector. This includes funding a Professional Yacht Cadetship Bursary Scheme, a course that aims to ensure the completion of the Officer of the Watch (OOW) qualification for young seafarers.

A demonstration of our commitment to developing future seafarers, is our partnership with Sea Cadets to deliver an innovative marine engineering education project, complementing STEM education within the secondary school sector. As part of this, Seafarers UK has delivered, with the support of a number of key donors, a fleet of Marine Engineering mobile ‘Pods’, each with its own STEM coordinator/instructor. The Pods are fitted with specialist marine engineering equipment which instructors use to engage with thousands of secondary school pupils, encourage them to consider a future career at sea or in marine engineering. Find out more about this exciting project.

Commitment to positive impact

Seafarers UK is confident that our grant funding has delivered a sustainable, progressive impact across the lives of all our beneficiaries. Our portfolio of charity investments reflect our commitment to channelling our donations into projects and organisations delivering a positive change to the lives of seafarers, their families, dependants and communities. However, we can only provide support based on the donations we receive. For more information, please download our impact report.

Working with Seafarers UK as a charity partner, means that there are a number of fundraising and team-building solutions that will compliment you company’s CSR policy. To find out more about how we can work together, please phone Mairéad Ní Cheóinín on +44 7809 724525 or email mairead.nicheoinin@seafarers.uk.