You can apply for a grant:

  • If you are a former merchant seafarer or fisherman
  • If you have had 10 years sea service, although applicants with less than 10 years who have a specific need may be considered
  • If you are a widow or widower of a former merchant seafarer or fisherman

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Additional Support

Merchant Navy Welfare Board

The Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) supports co-ordination of the work of over 40 member charities and maintains Port Welfare Committees throughout the UK. It does not give grants to individuals but can direct applicants to appropriate sources of help. SNWS is a member of the Central & West Scotland Port Welfare Committee

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Nautilus International

Nautilus International is the trade union for maritime professionals. Through the Nautilus Welfare Fund they provide welfare to needy seafarers and their dependants, including residential housing in Wallasey for retired seafarers

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Scottish Veterans Residences

SVR provides high quality supported accommodation for veterans who are homeless or in need.

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Seafarers UK

Seafarers UK gives grants to maritime charities (SNWS included) that look after the welfare needs of seafarers, ex-seafarers and their dependants.

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Seafarers Hospital Society

SHS provides health and welfare grants to seafarers and their dependants and to the maritime organisations that care for them.

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Seafarers Advice & Information Line

The Seafarers’ Advise and Information Line (SAIL) is a national telephone advice service provided exclusively for merchant seafarers, fishermen and their families.

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Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society aims to relieve distress amongst seafarers and the ex-seafaring community by providing grants to those in need.

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Sir Gabriel Woods Mariners’ Home

The home provides sheltered housing and residential care for retired seafarers and their spouses as well as a specialist unit for the care of those suffering from Korsakoff’s syndrome.

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