Additional support

We support retired seafarers and their dependants

The Nautilus Welfare Fund undertakes a number of projects to support retired seafarers and their dependants across the UK.

As well as providing retirement housing, a residential care home and grants, the Fund continually seeks other ways to improve the lives of retired seafarers and their dependants.

Recent research commissioned by the Maritime Charities Funding Group found that older ex-seafarers were more likely than the average UK pensioner to have poor health, be socially isolated and find it difficult to access support — which may partly be due to the circumstances surrounding their time at sea.

These findings led to the establishment of the Nautilus Welfare Fund’s Better Health for Ex-Seafarers and Caseworker projects, which provide advice, help and support for retired seafarers on a wide range of health, lifestyle, wellbeing and financial issues.

Both projects ran for an initial 18 months. After that time the Better Health project was ended and the responsibility for ensuring that retired seafarers live healthy lives became part of the holistic approach taken by the Caseworker project.

The Caseworker project has now received additional funding and has been extended into new areas. To find out about accessing the support of a caseworker please read more about this project.

The Nautilus Welfare Fund continues to undertake research on the needs of retired seafarers. Please contact us if you would like to enquire about any existing or potential new projects.

'Our Forgotten War Heroes' veterans survey

Merchant Navy veterans survey Take part in the survey.

UK Merchant Navy veterans of global conflict are being urged to voice their welfare needs in a special survey being carried out on behalf of the Nautilus Welfare Fund and Seafarers UK.

The research is part of a wider initiative to find, recognise and support the unsung MN heroes of civilian vessels who are now brought under the UK Armed Forces Covenant.

The ‘Our Forgotten War Heroes’ survey will form the first step in a three-pronged project to identify and provide dedicated accommodation at the Nautilus Welfare Fund’s Mariners’ Park estate, and to better enable its case worker service to find and assist MN veterans.

It is being undertaken by the Institute of Public Care (IPC) thanks to a grant for three projects from the Aged Veterans Fund — which has in turn been funded by the proceeds of fines on banks penalised by the UK government for manipulating the inter-bank lending rate.