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Sources of Help

  • Basic bank accounts

    For a simple, jargon-free guide to basic bank accounts produced by the Money Advice Service, view its online PDF using the link below.

    The Money Advice Service

  • Benefit entitlements for older people

    Not sure what benefits you are entitled to and need advice? Use the links below to access more information.

    Age Concern

    Department of Work and Pensions

  • Bereavement counselling

    If you would like to speak to someone following bereavement, Cruse Bereavement Care can offer help in understanding grief and loss.

    Cruse Bereavement Care

  • Carers

    There are a number of support groups and online forums where you can find advice on being a carer, including:

    Carers UK

    The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

  • Debt

    For advice on managing debt, please use the links below.

    Seafarers’ Advice & Information Line

    Citizens Advice Bureau


    Step Change


    Payplan


  • Education

    The Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation is a British national educational charity which provides funding for the needy British children of Merchant Navy seafarers, professional sea-going fishermen and RNLI lifeboat crew members, who have served or are serving at sea and who are unable to meet their children’s educational needs.

    For more information, contact The Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation:

  • Energy costs

    Energy Saving Trust

    People aged 70 or over, who are owner-occupiers, or living in privately rented accommodation, could be eligible for free cavity wall and loft insulation which could significantly reduce their heating bills. This is a Government-sponsored scheme that the power companies are required to operate and pay for, in order to meet carbon emission reduction targets.

    The easiest way to check if you qualify is to call the Energy Saving Trust and answer a few basic questions.
    Energy Saving Trust

    Telephone:

    • 0300 123 1234 (England)
    • 0800 512 012 (Wales)
    • 0808 808 22 82 (Scotland)

    Warm Front

    The Warm Front Grant is also designed to help people in England make their homes warmer and more energy efficient through funding heating and insulation improvements.

    The grant provides cover for people who are most in need, such as the elderly and those on income or disability-related benefits.

    The easiest way to check if you qualify is to call the number listed below, or you can find out more online.

  • Funeral Costs

    If you require help with funeral costs, the Seamen’s Hospital Society may be able to offer support.

    Seamen’s Hospital Society

  • Holidays and respite care

    To find out about holidays and respite, please use the links below.

    Care Ashore (formerly The Merchant Seamen’s War Memorial Society) provides assistance to seafarers, sheltered housing with support, and holidays. Anyone who has served in either the Merchant Navy, Royal Navy or fishing fleets may apply for accommodation or a holiday.

    For more information, contact Care Ashore using the details below:

    The Mariners’ Park Care Home provides residential care and nursing care, as well as short breaks and respite care to retired seafarers and their dependants.

    For more information, contact The Mariners’ Park Care Manager Amy Johnson using the details below:

  • Home repairs and adaptations

    If you need help with home repairs or adaptations, use the Home Improvement Agency search tool to locate a local organisation that can assist you.

    Home Improvement Agency

  • Maritime Charitable Support

    To find out more about the range of maritime charitable support available, please use the links below.

    Merchant Navy Welfare Board


    Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line

  • Mobility

    Motability Scheme

    If have problems with mobility, you may be able to benefit from the Motability Scheme. This enables disabled people to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair, using their Government funded mobility allowance.

    For more information about the scheme and to find out if you are eligible, please use the contact details below.

  • Other Sources of Charitable Support

    To find out about other charitable grants you may be eligible for, please use the links below.

    Turn2us


  • Pension Credit

    The quickest way to apply for Pension Credit is via its claim line:

    • Telephone: 0800 99 1234
    • Text phone: 0800 169 0133

    Further information about alternative ways to claim and the information required to make the claim can be found on the Government website.

    You can also use the Pension Credit online calculator to work out what you are entitled to.

  • Residential and Care Homes

    If you are looking for residential or nursing care but are unsure where to start, use the links below to find out more information.

    The Elderly Accommodation Counsel is a national charity that aims to help older people make informed choices about their housing and care needs.

    The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society is a maritime charity which has provided nursing care and accommodation support to elderly, sick or disabled seafarers, their widows and dependants since 1865.

    For more information, contact The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society:

    The Mariners’ Park Care Home provides residential care and nursing care, as well as short breaks and respite care to retired seafarers and their dependants.

    For more information, contact The Mariners’ Park Care Manager Amy Johnson:

    Care Ashore (formerly The Merchant Seamen’s War Memorial Society) provides assistance to seafarers, sheltered housing with support, and holidays. Anyone who has served in either the Merchant Navy, Royal Navy or fishing fleets may apply for accommodation or a holiday.

    For more information, contact:

  • Support for Children

    To find out about the educational support available to the children of mariners, please use the links below.

    The Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphan Institution is one of the largest independent grant-giving organisations helping those families who have lost a seafaring parent. The Institution supports families by providing grants for the children throughout their education.

    For more information, contact The Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphan Institution:

    Sailors’ Children’s Society

    The Society supports one parent families, orphaned children or those families where one parent may be too ill or disabled to work and the other acts as carer. It provides a range of grants including monthly and clothing grants, plus support for educational trips and holidays.

    Website: http://www.sailorschildren.org.uk/

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