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Seafarers Group Calls

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We offer group calls for older people who share a maritime background. Find out more about how group calls work.  

Important information

Please note, group calls may not be suitable for people with memory loss, dementia or mental health issues that require higher level support. These conditions may affect the person’s ability to build friendships within a group. In some instances, people with these conditions may actually find the calls more distressing.


Seafarers Group Calls

SSeafarers-Logo-RGB-1-300x205.pngeafarers Group Calls are friendly, free, and regular group telephone calls for up to six people, supported by a trained volunteer. An easy way to connect with others with a maritime background, share stories and experiences of life at sea, and make new friends, all from the comfort of your own home.

Who can join the group calls?

Anyone aged 60 or over who would benefit from a friendly chat, and has a seafaring background, or is connected to seafaring in some way.

This could include:

  • Merchant Navy
  • Royal Navy
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • Royal Marines
  • WRENS
  • fishermen
  • anyone else who has worked at sea in any capacity.

It also includes spouses, partners and family members of anyone with a seafaring background.

How do group calls work?

Calls are facilitated through our secure automated system. All you need is a landline or mobile phone, and you’ll receive a call each week. If you miss a call, you can ring our friendly team and we’ll dial you in. The calls are completely free of charge.

How often are the calls?

The calls take place each week, at the same agreed day and time. They’re 45 minutes long, and offer a free, safe, and friendly environment in which to chat, share stories and enjoy friendship with others.

How do I take part?

Email us at groupfriendship@ageuk.org.uk or call our friendly team on 0800 434 6105 and let them know you’d like to know more about Seafarers Group Calls.

If you’re referring someone else, please make sure you have their consent to make the referral.

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Last updated: Apr 29 2022

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