Sailors’ Society is an international Christian charity working in ports across the world. Our chaplains help seafarers and their families from all faiths and none with welfare and practical support. We visit ships in ports and talk with seafarers away from home for up to a year at a time; we help them get in touch with much missed loved ones and access medical treatment; we liaise with frightened families when seafarers are kidnapped by terrorists or imprisoned, mostly through no fault of their own; and we build homes and schools and provide grants to bring hope and security to seafaring communities.
We cannot do this without your help. Why should you care? Almost everything we own or use comes by sea – our cars, our computers, our phones. We all rely on seafarers. Seafarers rely on us.
We have more than 100 chaplains and ship visitors in 91 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 27 countries. We visit many thousands of ships in port each year and have a number of building, education and welfare programmes in communities where seafarers live.
We have a long history dating back to 1818, but are innovative in our approach to helping seafarers and their families, using cutting edge technology.
We have created apps to improve seafarers’welfare and are providing transport to ensure children get to and from school safely. Where we find a need, we find a way.
Our projects are transforming lives around the world
Seafarers face challenges every day. Violent storms, extreme loneliness and isolation and the threat of piracy and even hijacking by terrorists. Why not challenge yourself to help them.
Be a #HatHero this Woolly Hat Week and raise money to support seafarers in need. Seafarers are the heroes who brave cold and dangerous seas to make world trade possible. You can be a #HatHero too: come to work wearing a woolly hat, make a donation, and tweet us your selfie using #HatHero.
It is our aim to have a volunteer in every port around the UK (to start with anyway!) Whether you could help fundraise, tell people in your church or community about our work or even get involved in visiting seafarers, we need you.