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Weathering the storm of isolation
Merchant Navy Associations working together
THE Federation of Merchant Mariners works in partnership with Merchant Navy Associations enabling them to reach out to more Veterans by sharing resources and experience. It brings seafarers, exseafarers and their families together in fellowship through a wider network of social contacts and support.
Building on such a strong community spirit, the Federation has developed the Weather Eye scheme which is tailored especially for its members. It offers a free confidential advice and referral package on welfare matters and puts members in touch with one another helping to banish feelings of isolation and loneliness. From a telephone call to see if all is well; a chat with the Welfare Officer to a birthday card makes the scheme personal and special. Feeling valued and appreciated is an essential element of the Weather Eye scheme.
Derek Bristow, Chief Executive of the Federation explains,”Working in the maritime industry is unique; months away at sea, away from family, means it’s very important to build strong friendships with your colleagues. When you retire, the be difficult for some of our veterans. We hope that Weather Eye will help support them in this way and reduce the possibility of isolation.”
Membership of the Federation is open to all merchant seafarers and ex seafarers of whatever rank or rating, and their families.
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