The Mission to Seafarers: Volunteering Opportunities Available

The Mission to Seafarers strives to meet the needs of all seafarers and their families, irrespective of faith or cultural background. Its mission is to care for the shipping industry’s most important assets, it people. Throughout a long and distinguished history, the Mission to Seafarers has grown to become one of the largest port-based welfare operators in the world. 118 out of the 260 International ports have a Flying Angel Centre. International Headquarters in London directly supports over 70 front line staff and around 100 Honorary Chaplains, in addition to an army of volunteers, who visit ships, offer hospitality, drive mini-buses and engage in a range of other welfare activity. They work to improve and safeguard the well-being of the world’s 1.5 million seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs.

The charity are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help them carry out their vital work with Seafarers from all parts of the world, who visit Immingham Docks. The Mission to Seafarers is an Anglican Christian Charity providing practical help, support and friendship to international Seafarers. They work to support seafarers, of all faiths and none, who are visiting UK ports, at seafarers centres and through cargo ship visiting. Seafarers do a difficult, dangerous and isolated job in the largely hidden world of international shipping and global transport.

The Mission to Seafarers is recruiting volunteers aged 18 or over,  to work alongside their port chaplain, and other volunteers in various roles including ship visitors, fundraisers, and Parish links. Flexible long or short term volunteering opportunities are available. Taster sessions are available for you to see if this volunteering scheme is right for you.

Volunteers must have the ability to listen and be empathic, and be able to relate to a range of nationalities and cultures. Due to the nature of the volunteering opportunities that are available, you must have a driving licence and have access to a vehicle.  All personal protective clothing for ship visiting will be provided. Where relevant a DBS Check will be undertaken. References will be required & successful applicants will undertake a trial period.

For more information and to apply, please contact VANEL’s Volunteer Centre Adviser, Liz Dugard, (01472) 231 123.


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