Throughout the year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary of Community Network’s Seafarers’ Link telephone groups.
As part of our celebrations and made possible with a generous grant from The Merchant Navy Fund we hosted a 10th anniversary two day residential conference at Care Ashore.
Many of the members had not previously met face to face but immediately knew they were amongst friends having spoken regularly on the phone.
“For us it’s great to see groups evolve to the point where they meet up. It’s a pleasure to help in the consolidating of friendships by bringing telephone voices face to face.” said Chris Rankin, Project Manager, Seafarers’ Link.
Those who attended included members from the Royal & Merchant Navy, able seamen, captains, stewards, chief engineers, radio officer, fisherman’s widow to a nursing sister.
James, a Seafarers’ Link member, made the journey from rural Norfolk to attend the conference. “It’s been like a life raft for me,” he said, describing the group he joined following his wife’s death. He enjoys chatting with other seafarers on his call. They have become his telephone friends. Seafarers’ Link has given him friendship, laughs and a chance to exchange information.
“You feel like you are helping each other.”
In addition to talks from SAIL, Seafarers UK and Community Network, a teleconferenced Cornish cream tea was held (a first we think).
Attendees at the conference included Valerie (pictured left) who told us how much she was enjoying her group. You can view a gallery of conference photos here. Thanks for agreeing to feature on our leaflet!
If you are 50+ and have spent some of your life at sea, we’d love you to join Seafarers Link. Contact Chris Rankin at Community Network on 01752 812674 or 020 7923 5250. Or download and complete our self-referral form here
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