Type Charity for disadvantaged children
Location National
Grant amount £120,000
Date March 2015
Website www.sailorschildren.org.uk

How the charity helps children

Sailors Childrens Society was formed in 1821 and aims to provide each disadvantaged child of a seafarer with the opportunity to achieve their full potential whilst not being held by family circumstances. The Society offers financial, practical and emotional support via its Support Scheme to children from Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleet backgrounds.

Families are submitted to the Society for assistance via SSAFA and The Royal British Legion (RBL) using their online referral facility. Direct applications are also received via telephone calls into the Society office however again a SSAFA or RBL volunteer caseworker would always be engaged to understand the local individual circumstances of the family.

Children from Royal Navy and Royal Marines families equate to 74 per cent of those on the Support Scheme, some 338 children under the age of 18 years throughout the United Kingdom.

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity grant

In March 2015, Sailors Chidrens Society received a grant of £120,000 from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. The grant was split two ways, £100,000 for a support scheme and £20,000 for a new caravan solely for Naval families to use. 

The support scheme aimed to help roughly 340 children from Naval families through the year and consists of the following:

  • Monthly Welfare Grant of £56 for the eldest child and £24 each for the other siblings towards childhood expenses such as Brownies, Cubs, music and sports lessons
  • Clothing Grant paid twice a year
  • Emergency/Special Grant paid on an ad-hoc basis depending on circumstances
  • Caravan Holidays are offered to families to give them the opportunity for children to be children away from the stresses and strains of daily life
  • Home Computer Scheme – offers each family a home computer package if the children do not already have access to one at home
  • Specialist Support and Community Spirit – working with many other organisations that can provide specialist support where needed
  • Emotional Support Officers providing emotional support to families face to face in their own homes

It is estimated that the caravan, partly funded through this grant, will provide well needed holidays for up to 180 disadvantaged children each year for approximately five years. This caravan is on the South Coast on a Haven Holiday high activity site. All entertainment and activity passes have been donated by Haven Holidays to the society.