This year the UK Club is working with The Mission to Seafarers and Mercy ships to support two projects as part of its 150th celebrations.
Health and safety, and crew welfare are a prime concern for the UK Club and its members. For its 150th the Club is supporting MtS to fund a project that is relevant to our Members and focuses on crew welfare and mental wellbeing.
The programme is targeted at crew working on ships entered in the UK Club and the families of those crew. The first part of the programme is about social communication care and training crew and their families about the impact that communication can have on the recipient and their mental health.
Alongside the social communication care programme, MtS is developing a financial care programme to help address the financial problems that crew experience, especially when returning home at the end of their contract.
The Mission to Seafarers has the largest and most significant port-based welfare operation in the world. MtS operates in more than 200 ports, across 50 countries and manages 121 Seafarers Centres. Their network of chaplains, staff and volunteer ship visitors assist seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Isolation, abandonment, injury, imprisonment, personal problems, fear of piracy, suicide and mental health are all issues their trained professionals deal with on a weekly if not daily basis.
The Club has funded a volunteer social club on board the Global Mercy. The centre will provide a space for volunteers to relax and recharge. The Club’s donation will support an estimated 1,100 volunteer crew, per year. Without volunteers, Mercy Ships would be unable to perform thousands of transformational surgical procedures each year. Mercy Ships crew members pay their own way, and many commit to serve for several months, sometimes years at a time. Providing supportive services helps to provide small comforts allowing crew to refresh and renew themselves physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Find out more about this project and other news from Mercy Ships here.
Mercy Ships is an international organisation with a mission to increase access to health care throughout the world, serving the poor regardless of race, gender or religion. Since its formation, Mercy Ships has become the ‘world’s largest charitable floating hospital’, visiting more than 451 ports in developing nations around the world, bringing lasting change to millions of lives.