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New Sailors’ Society centre opens

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Welfare charity, Sailors’ Society, which is supported by WesCom Signal and Rescue, has opened a newly refurbished cabin that provides respite and support for seafarers.

The portable building in Southampton, was officially opened on Saturday 23 February. It has been funded by a grant from the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB).

The portable cabin offers seafarers docking in the city’s port, the opportunity to access support services and free Wi-Fi.

Sailors’ Society’s deputy CEO, Sandra Welch, says, “We all rely upon the world’s 1.6 million seafarers to transport 90 per cent of the goods we use on a daily basis.

“Working at sea and being away from home for months at a time can be incredibly tough, so it is great to be able to offer seafarers a welcome change from the busy port environment and help them stay in touch with their family and friends. We’re incredibly grateful to the MNWB for enabling Sailors’ Society to provide this service.”

The cabin offers respite to seafarers unable to access city centre amenities due to limited shore leave and quick turnaround times.

Sailors’ Society’s Southampton port chaplain Jonathan Martin and his ship visiting team are also there to provide support to seafarers such as Wi-Fi hotspots, transportation and a listening ear.

The charity’s services are further complemented by their Southampton Seafarers’ Centre at 108 East Street, which offers a variety of facilities, including Wi-Fi, a pool table, TV and a kitchen area for seafarers to use.

Sailors’ Society chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in 95 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 30 countries.

The main image shows Peter Tomlin CEO MNWB, Captain Martin Phipps MBE head of marine projects ABP and Sailors' Society port chaplain Jonathan Martin.

Mar 06, 2019