Throughout the crisis, the MNWB has brought together the Merchant Navy & Fishing Fleets (MN/FF) welfare sector with weekly working group meetings involving the UK Government Department of Transport, MCA, Chamber of Shipping, maritime Unions, major maritime charity funders and ‘front line’ welfare providers. Information and feedback from these meetings are disseminated through our 17 UK Port Welfare Committees covering all UK ports, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands connecting Government with the frontline of the maritime charity sector. A combination of over 30 groups/organisations attend these weekly meetings to ensure welfare concerns are understood across the sector and right at the heart of Government.
Grant funding may not be its primary function but this week the MNWB transferred over £50,000 to its constituent member organisations to help tackle the effect of the Covid19 crisis and the negative impact of lockdown restrictions. The grants helped purchase essential PPE and other safety equipment in our maritime care homes and supported accommodation across the country and helped the Sailors’ Children Society purchase IT equipment for the families of Merchant Navy and Fishing personnel during the lockdown.
“In these testing times our maritime charities are seeing soaring Covid19 related demands. The grants that we have been able to deliver will help provide vital welfare to the needy and support the additional costs we are experiencing, particularly, PPE” stated MNWB Chairman, Capt Andrew Cassels.