A Liverpool ecumenical charity has been named as the world’s best seafarers’ centre in an awards ceremony as part of London International Shipping Week.
The Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) was singled out by the International Seafarer Welfare Awards for providing a 'home from home' at its bases in Crosby and Eastham on the Wirral, and as a result earned selection ahead of centres in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
The Seafarer Centre of the Year is voted for by seafarers, thousands of whom use the centre’s services in Liverpool each year – services offering emotional support, including the provision of a clinical psychologist, and practical assistance such as access to wi-fi, money exchange and a physical base on land.
LSC chief executive John Wilson, who collected the award in a ceremony at London’s Inmarsat Building on 11 September, said: 'We’ve performed consistently in this category for a number of years so to be named the winner after 10 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 calibre 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.'
Seafarers’ nominations noted the centre’s early opening and late finish and their 'fantastic and friendly' staff. LSC, which is now opening a new centre in Garston, is a partnership between the Catholic Apostleship of the Sea and the Anglican Mersey Mission to Seafarers. To donate or become a volunteer, contact John Wilson on 0300 800 8085 or via admin@Liverpoolseafarerscentre.org.