Liverpool Seafarers Centre wins The World’s Best Seafarers Centre Award
Ecumenical charity Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) wins the title of the World’s Best Seafarers Centre in an award ceremony as part of London International Shipping Week.
The award was collected by the Chief Executive of LSC, John Wilson. The ceremony was held at the Inmarsat Building on the 11th of September in London. Mr. Wilson said that the award would help the Charity serve it’s visitors and seafarers even better.
The charity is based in Crosby and Eastham on the Wirral. It was given this award because of the indefinite care it offers visiting seafarers and their families. LSC topped the list, being ahead of seafarer centres like those in Houston and Philadelphia as well as the centres of Sydney, Australia, and Tauranga, New Zealand.
The centre was described as a “home away from home” by the judges and the people that visited it. They also talked about the volunteers who are very friendly. The voters included seafarers and thousands of people who use the centre’s services in Liverpool every year. It provides emotional support, practical assistance such as access to WIFI, money exchange and a physical base on land for crew members whose vessels have docked in the city.
Mr. Wilson said: “Liverpool Seafarers Centre is delighted to collect the award of Seafarer Centre of the Year, made all the more special as it is voted by seafarers themselves. We have performed consistently in this category for a number of years so to be named the winner after ten years of services to the Liverpool area is a fitting achievement and a testament to the hard work of all our volunteers. It is their caring approach, the support they offer more than 50,000 seafarers every year and the caliber of our facilities that have assisted in our success so far. Our volunteers always go the extra mile to ensure seafarers who need our support are given the proper care and follow-up action, including liaising with seafarer centres in other ports, should they require it.”
He said: “Seafarers centres are a vital part of the maritime world supporting the men and women who supply 95pc of all UK imports and exports. We now intend to grow our network across the North West, building on our Crosby site and the centre we opened in 2017 at Queen Elizabeth II Dock, Eastham, which works in partnership with our headquarters. We are also opening a center at Garston to enable us to offer our practical, emotional and spiritual services to an extra 10-20 percent of seafarers every year.”
Liverpool Seafarers Centre that dates back to the 19th century is a partnership between the Catholic Apostleship of the Sea (Liverpool) and the Anglican Mersey Mission to Seafarers. The charity provides both it’s active and retired seafarers ‘a lifeline’. It comes across as a place that is safe and secure to rest and receives practical and emotional support. It is also supported by many cross-denominational faiths and organizations.
PR Reference: Liverpool Seafarers’ Centre