Seafarers from the UK or who sail on UK ships, or their dependants, who are in one-parent families with children aged below 16 years. Grants can also be given if the seafarer is in a two-parent family but is permanently disabled. Usually, the only
Seafarers children who are in full-time education and the families are in severe financial difficulties. Grants can also be given if the seafarer is in a two-parent family but is permanently disabled. Usually, the only source of income for the family is Income Support or Incapacity Benefit.
Type of grants
(i) Monthly child welfare grants designed to boost income and enable families to provide basic essentials. (ii) A clothing grant payable per child twice a year, in August and January, to help children start off the new school year and to buy a new winter coat. (iii) Christmas grants to help to buy a special Christmas present. (iv) Educational holiday grants. (v) Ad Hoc grants to help with the purchase of essential items such as children's beds, cookers etc. (vi) Holiday Caravan Scheme. The society provides a week's free holiday to families in one of the seven caravans it owns around the coast.
On a form available from the correspondent, with details about children, income and expenditure, including copies of relevant certificates, for example, birth certificates and proof of seafaring service. Applications can be submitted directly by the individual or through a social worker, Citizens Advice, other welfare agency, or through seafaring organisations. Applications are considered every other month, beginning in February.
Previously known as Sailors' Families' Society.
The Society has an informative website.
Grant provided by: The Sailors’ Families’ Society
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Telephone: 01482 342331
Fax: 01482 447868