Seafarers’ Link

Been a seafarer? Join our telephone friendship groups today!

Seafarers Link is fun, free and easy to take part in. All groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. Here’s our Seafarers’ Link leaflet  with info on how to get involved.


“There are things you can talk to other seafarers that you just can’t discuss with other people.” Seafarers Link member

Seafarers Link runs active Telephone Communities’ groups involving people from the Orkneys, to Belfast and Cornwall. The groups are open to ex-members of the Merchant Navy, the Royal Navy,  and the WRNS, as well as former fishermen and seafarers’ wives, partners, family and carers.

The groups – there are around eight members in each – are an impressive mix of people. They may be coping with serious illness and disability, or be sprightly pensioners in their nineties. One constant is that members routinely offer each other real friendship and support.

Evaluations show that Seafarers’ Link is popular with members and volunteers alike. Community Network’s Chris Rankin facilitates the groups and has seen first hand what a difference they make. She regularly gets calls from charities, relatives and former seafarers, who see Seafarers’ Link as an important lifeline.

How to join a Seafarers Link group

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 

For more information please email .

Seafarers Link is funded by Merchant Navy Fund and supported by Seafarers UK2016MN Fund logo-01