Families come to us usually after a traumatic event such as bereavement, diagnosis of a terminal illness or the breakdown of a marital relationship. We provide ongoing support for the children until the family is again self-sufficient or until the children have left full time education. All the families we help are on a means tested benefit which ensures we only help those in most need.
The Society is funded via donations, legacies, local fundraising events, trusts and grants such as Seafarers UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Trinity House. In these uncertain economic times the funding we receive from our major funders and Trusts is extremely important to us. Without this funding we would struggle to help all of our existing families and also seafaring families in the future.
The Society incorporates these Values:
- We believe that everyone has a right to live free from abuse, exploitation, harm and fear and to enjoy being safe and well.
- Safeguarding starts at board level and is embedded into all Society activities (Charity Commission guidance issued this year).
- We achieve this by providing trustees and staff with ongoing training, promoting parental education with the provision of NSPCC leaflets, facebook postings and have a robust safeguarding policy which is reviewed and updated regularly.
Please click on the link for our Safeguarding Policy Safeguarding Statement Of Purpose August 2021,
our Vulnerable Adults Policy Vulnerable Adults Policy 2021 and our Child Protection Policy Child Protection Policy 2021
Working practice at the Sailors’ Children’s Society has changed recently due to the ongoing covid pandemic with all home visits suspended and staff moving from being office based to home working. This has meant that the way we work has seen some changes however we remain focused on supporting children and their families. We also remain committed to putting children at the centre of our work and staff will follow our Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures when concerns are identified.
- We believe all our contacts both internally and externally should be treated on an unbiased and fair basis.
- All staff undergo continued professional development and training in equality.
- The Society has an Equality Policy in place which is reviewed and updated regularly.
- As a children’s charity we show compassion and empathy to the situations the families we help are faced with.
- All team members talk to families on a daily basis and training is provided as appropriate.
- All team members receive regular supervision which provides a safe environment for critical reflection, challenge and professional support.
- Staff, trustees and volunteers act with professionalism and dignity at all times.
- Continued professional development and training is provided as appropriate.
- The Society strives to work with partners for the benefit of the families supported.
- We aim to increase collaboration with others in the future to reduce costs wherever possible and increase the support given to those in need.
Sailors’ Children’s Society is working in partnership with Togetherall previously known as the Big White Wall which is a free confidential online mental health and well-being service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that cares. When you’re dealing with everyday stresses or major life events, we’ll help you get through it.
Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time. As part of last year’s World Mental Health Day, we thought we would embrace the day and encourage everyone to start looking after their own mental health and well-being. Just like we care for our physical health, our mental health may need some tender loving care at the best of times too.
With this in mind we would like to highlight Togetherall which is an online interactive site that allows you to connect with others who may be experiencing similar issues whilst gaining support and advice from clinically trained professionals too. The site is safe, anonymous and available 24 hours a day each and every day.
Once you have registered as a member, whether as a Royal Navy veteran, Merchant Navy veteran or Fishing Fleet veteran, you are then able to join in online chats or access guided support through short courses on topics such as:
- coping with grief and loss
- managing stress and anxiety
- eating healthy to feel good.
If you watch the short video clip below you will see one of the Sailors’ Children’s Society’s team giving you a friendly demonstration on how to register as a member of Togetherall (Big White Wall).
We at the Sailors’ Children’s Society are keen to embrace this service and we hope that we have made registering quick and easy:
The types of help we provide is:
- “Monthly Child Welfare Grants“ – to be able to continue to go to the various children’s clubs for example judo, karate or music lessons. In the current climate of ever increasing costs of living, these welfare grants are often used to provide heating for the children or a nutritionally balanced meal.
- “Clothing Grants“ – which are paid twice each year, the first to provide a new school uniform in September. The second clothing grant is given to provide a warm winter coat and sturdy shoes.
- “Christmas Grant“ – a small grant to buy each child a gift at this special time of year, this is a traditional grant at the wishes of our Trustees.
- “Student Grant“ – if the child is over the age of 18 and currently supported on the Child Support Scheme, we can continue to provide a welfare grant for either living at home or away from home in order to help with their ongoing studies at University/College.
- “School Holiday Grants“ – following a very generous legacy from Dorothy Hoyle, the Society now gives a £10 per child grant to cover the cost of food and heating during the school holidays.
- “Emergency Heating Grant” – during the horrendous winter of 2010, we issued emergency heating grants to all our families suffering in the cold. This grant will be repeated should the extreme winter conditions return.
- “Special Grants” – these type of grants are usually given in extreme cases such as furniture for the child’s bedroom and are on a one-off basis.
- “Caravan Holidays – Travel Grant“ – the Society owns nine caravans at seaside resorts throughout the United Kingdom. The impact of a holiday to a child is immeasurable. By also providing a travel grant to help with public transport or fuel costs, this allows the holiday to more affordable.
The other types of help we provide is:
Emotional and Practical Support:
- “Regular Emotional Support Visits/Contact” – here at the Society we are extremely experienced in helping families, whether that be simply providing a sympathetic ear or researching and finding more specialist help when needed.
- “Annual Visit Updates“ – each family is visited at least once a year using volunteer caseworkers from organisations such as SSAFA Forces Help, the Royal British Legion and The Royal National Mission of Deep Sea Fishermen or by our own team.
- “PC Package Appeal“ – following the generous support from some of our major funders, we can continue to distribute a PC package including a printer to each of our families to help with their children’s schoolwork.
- “Food Hampers” given to help our families during the Christmas period 2020.
- “School Holiday Vouchers and Pantomime Ticket Appeals“ – the school holidays are an extremely expensive time of year for our families. In order to help during these times, each year we apply to a large number of local attractions.
“Just wanted to drop you a little message to say how extremely grateful we are to you and the charity for the extreme generous help they have given to myself and my family. We are overwhelmed with the help and cannot express or put into words what it means to us.”
“so very grateful and truly humbled. Thank you for every ounce of help and support x”
“I would like to say a massive thank you for all your help and support. We are overwhelmed by the receipt of the computer xx now the boys can do their school work easily xx thank you again”
“Thank you Michelle, me and Sherree are doing ok, it gets a bit boring not being able to do a lot outdoors, but its like that for everyone I guess. You stay safe as well Michelle and thank you for everything your wonderful charity has done for us.x”
“Thank you for the extra grant, I always make my children’s costumes so the extra funds are really helpful. My monkey wanted to be The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – my 6 yr old loves musicals and this unbelievably is his favourite, but also loves the Greatest Showman and West Side Story“