Maritime Charities Group

Supporting seafarers and their families

"The Mission of the Maritime Charities Group is to promote the best use of resources among the maritime charities
The aims of the Maritime Charities Group (MCG) are to:
  • encourage best practice
  • share information on grant applications and, where appropriate, the funding of grants for major projects
  • share data and information among the members
  • promote harmonisation of grant making procedures
  • jointly fund projects and research of overall benefit to maritime charities
The MCG also continues to take overall responsibility for the ‘Supporting Seafarers and their Families' initiative by:
  • reviewing and updating the Report
  • jointly managing and financing the employment of the Programme Manager
  • jointly funding and agreeing projects for the common benefit of the maritime charities and their beneficiaries
  • reviewing annually and reporting, to the maritime charities, the progress of recommendations and projects.
The Maritime Charities Group was established in 2003. The group’s membership is comprised of Seafarers UK, Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Trinity House, Nautilus International, Seamen’s Hospital Society and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity.  The Chairmanship and administration of the MCFG lies currently with Seafarers UK (  The current Chairman is Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General of Seafarers UK and the current Programme Development Manager is Valerie Coleman (
The MCG aims to collaborate closely by understanding one another’s policies and grant making criteria, sharing information, jointly funding larger grants and encouraging good practice.
In 2005 the members agreed that there was a need to look at the current work of the maritime welfare charities against future needs.  This recognised significant issues taking place in the charity sector alongside major changes that continue to take place within shipping and seafaring.  To achieve this members jointly funded and managed a major research project covering the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and fishing industry.  The research covered four groups:
  • Older Seafarers and their Dependants
  • Working Age Seafarers
  • Families & Dependants of Working Age Seafarers
  • Young People in Maritime Youth Groups
‘Supporting Seafarers and Their Families: Challenges for the Future’ (SSTF) was published in May 2007 and its recommendations have formed the basis for a series of developmental projects and further research since that time.
A few examples of projects funded by MCFG: Contact MCFG to:
  • Discuss our  current development programme
  • Explore the possibility of working in partnership to deliver innovative projects or research for the benefit of seafarers and their families
Email :
Tel :      07515 050301
Working Group Reports

To download, view or print the latest working group reports please use the links below:

Supporting Seafarers' and their Families Report

♦ Accommodation,Care and Support Strategy for older seafarers and their dependants
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