What we Do

Caring for Seafarers

Seafarers make huge sacrifices to bring us the things we rely on every day. Whatever their background, seafarers can all face huge dangers in the course of doing their jobs. Sailors’ Society is here for them when disaster strikes or when they feel they need a helping hand. See our Twelve Point Plan. See how the Sailors’ Society provides a personal lifeline for seafarers on board ship and when they step ashore. Read more Here

Crisis Response Network

Sailors’ Society’s Durban based Crisis Response Network provides a rapid response trauma care and counselling service for survivors of piracy attacks as well as various disasters at sea. Contact our team on our 24hr emergency response number +27 (0) 83 301 8022 or for general enquiries on +27 (0) 31 266 0695. For more information.

Coronavirus Advice and Support

If you’re a seafarer and you’re worried about coronavirus, Sailors’ Society is here for you. You can find our resources to help you understand and respond to the virus  and contact our chaplains.  A special corona virus section of the Sailors’ Society website can be accessed at here with health information, advice for seafarers on how to manage their mental health in light of the pandemic. Read more here.

How you can Help us

During the course of various events to bring the work of the Sailors’ Society’s to the attention of members of the public and organisations, a plea for help often goes out. However, so many ask “what do you need” – so here is a list of items and ideas. As you will see, nothing is very expensive and complicated.  Above all, some of the suggested items involve group activities which will bring about a better understanding of the vital work…

Share your Christmas with a Seafarer

Once again the International Sailors’ Society (ISSSA) is preparing for the annual Share your Christmas with a Seafarer, which has been operating for just over 30 years in our ports. “We are in the midst of a health crisis of monumental proportions with the Covid-19 Virus.  New and distressing accounts reach us each day. Yet, there are encouraging reports as well; stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary work. Small acts of kindness and selflessness are evident – and you too…

APPEAL FOR FUNDS – Banking Details

The contents of this website represent just a small amount of the Sailors’ Society’s good work.  Like many other non-profit organisations, obtaining funds always presents  a challenge. So we make an appeal to you for donations – remember, no donation is too small. To give you an idea of what we need, please have a look at our 12 Point Plan. You can also use Zapper. Every donation will be acknowledged. SAILOR’S SOCIETY – South Africa Standard Bank Account no.…

The Sailors’ Society provides a personal lifeline for seafarers on board ship and when they step ashore.

Sara Baade Joins Sailors’ Society as new CEO

Message posted on behalf of Peter Swift, Chairman of Sailors’ Society, UK On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce that Sara Baade joins us today as Sailors’ Society’s new CEO. I am sure that you will join me in welcoming Sara to the Society and wishing her every success in her new position. While we have witnessed several changes in recent months, including the effects of Covid-19, we remain strong in our aims to provide…

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Sailors’ Society Virtual Walk a Great Success

Sailors Society Virtual Walk was a great success with walkers as far afield as Sweden, U K and New Zealand participating. With Covid 19 lockdown measures these Virtual Walks are one of the few ways charities can be successful in fundraising. In South Africa our active members of Sailors Society and their friends and families took to the roads and paths and made their weekend fun. With the lockdown, resulting in much inactivity, our Virtual walk was a chance to…

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Amanzimtoti Presbyterian Sunday Service by Rev. Boet van Schalkwyk 13 September 2020

Message: Signs of Life – Open Hands Part Two By: Rev. Boet van Schalkwyk Music in this video Song Bringing in the Sheeves (Split-Track Format) Artist The Ovation Chorale Album A Little Bit of Heaven, Vol. 5 Licensed to YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of Ovation Entertainment) Song Holy Is The Lord Artist Chris Tomlin Licensed to YouTube by UMG (on behalf of SixSteps (SIX)); LatinAutor – UMPG, EMI Music Publishing, ASCAP, Adorando Brazil, PEDL, LatinAutor – ACODEM,…

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