Today is a momentous occasion for the Liverpool Seafarers Centre. On October 1st, 2008, the centre was officially established, and now, fifteen years later, it continues to provide invaluable support to over 50,000 seafarers who pass through the bustling port of Liverpool each year.
Previously, the Mersey Mission and Apostleship operated as separate entities, operating small seafarer centres across Merseyside. The creation of the Liverpool Seafarers Centre brought these organisations together, allowing them to combine their resources and establish a more efficient and coordinated outreach program for seafarers in the city. This merger has significantly improved the services offered to visiting seafarers.
Located in the heart of Liverpool docks, the Liverpool Seafarers Centre strives to create a warm and welcoming sanctuary for those who spend their lives at sea, often far away from their loved ones and homes. It serves as a place of solace, where seafarers can find comfort, connect with fellow sailors, and experience a sense of community amidst their demanding journeys. The centre provides practical assistance, such as free wifi and discounted phone cards, enabling seafarers to stay connected with their families back home. Additionally, recreational activities like a café, bar, library, and in recent years, a minibus shuttle service offer seafarers the opportunity to unwind away from their vessels. The LSC Welfare Officers also conduct ship visits, which play a crucial role in combating the loneliness and isolation that seafarers often experience when working away from home for extended periods.
John Wilson, the Chief Executive of the LSC, expresses his gratitude to the local community in Merseyside for their ongoing support and generosity. He said: “With the continuing support and generosity of our local community in Merseyside, we continue to make a lasting impact on the lives of these seafarers who sacrifice so much for global trade and commerce.”
At the Liverpool Seafarers Centre, inclusivity is a core belief. They firmly believe that all individuals, regardless of their faith, ethnicity, or gender, should have access to the support and resources they need. They provide essential services, practical aid, health and welfare assistance, spiritual guidance, recreational activities, and most importantly, friendship.
The LSC is committed to working in collaboration with the local community to make a positive difference. Together, they aim to ensure that every seafarer feels valued, cared for, and appreciated. The centre is also eager to forge meaningful partnerships and connections within the local business community. The corporate world can contribute to the LSC through various avenues, including Corporate Social Responsibility schemes, fundraising initiatives, and volunteering opportunities.