Health & Welfare

There are many organisations and projects which offer practical and financial support for fishermen and their families. This includes everything from help with physical and mental health, help with managing day to day issues and support and assistance for more major events.

Seafit Programme - Health, Dental and Wellbeing support for fishermen

The SeaFit Programme is a joint initiative from the Seafarers Hospital Society and the Fishermen’s Mission, to deliver improvements in the health and wellbeing of fishermen and their families around the UK.

For full details about the programme and locally available support visit the SeaFit Website

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Dreadnought Medical Service - Priority hospital treatment for fishermen.

The Dreadnought is a priority medical service for seafarers based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. The principal aim is to treat you as quickly as possible and allow you to return to work. More Information.

Telephone: 0207 188 2049



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The Fishermen's Mission - Welfare and Support for fishermen and their families.

The Fishermen’s Mission is the only fishermen’s charity that provides emergency support alongside practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care. They help all fishermen, active or retired, and their families. 


Brixham And Plymouth - Matthew Skinner

Telephone: 01803 859123


Newlyn - TBC

Telephone: 01736 363499


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Seafarers' Advice & Information Line (SAILine) - Citizens Advice for fishermen.

SAIL is the only Citizens Advice Bureau service for seafarers and their families. They work by phone and email, providing specialist telephone advice to working and former seafarers, their families and dependants.

Telephone: 0800 160 1842



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Togetherall - 24/7 Online Mental Health Support

The Big White Wall to provides mental health and wellbeing advice and support services to working fishermen and their families, based in the UK, who may be struggling to cope. You can register by following link below.

More Information: Fishermen's Leaflet

Further Information:


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Shipwrecked Mariners' Society - Vital support at critical times.

Helping mainly retired and permanently disabled fishermen and their families with financial support.

Telephone: 01243 789329



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Sailors Childrens Society - Support for your children in traumatic times

Their aim is to give each disadvantaged child the opportunity to achieve their full potential by providing financial, practical and emotional support

Telephone: 01482 342331



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Seafarer Support - A search facility for finding help and support for fishermen


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