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 Talking Communities host telephone across all the UK and are open to former Merchant Navy, Royal Navy, and WRNS, as well as former Fishing Fleet and seafarers’ wives, partners, family and carers.
The groups – there are between six and 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, recreating the camaraderie experienced at sea.
Evaluations show that Seafarers’ Link is popular with members and volunteers alike. Community Network’s Chris Rankin, RMN, MBE is Seafarers’ Link Project Manager supported by her team of volunteers. She has seen first hand what a difference the groups make and encourages referrals from charities, G.P.s, relatives and former seafarers themselves.
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.