Mission New's: September 2019
The Seamen's Mission of the Methodist Church
The attendees at the recent BEH Methodist District Synod heard a very interesting presentation about the history and current work of the Queen Victoria's Seamen's Rest (QVSR).
QVRS started life as the Seamen's Mission of the Methodist Church in 1843. Known originally as the Wesleyan Seamen's Mission, the aim was to minister to the spiritual needs and promote the social and morale welfare of seafarers and their families in the vicinity of the Port of London.
East India Dock Road Headquarters
175 years later the work of QVRS continues at its recently modernised headquarters in East India Dock Road and is Britain's largest provider of accommodation for Merchant Seamen and former members of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and other units with Maritime links. Short term accommodation is also available for active seafarers whether they are transferring between ships or just visiting London.
QVSR is also committed to supporting the Government's strategies with regards to homelessness and to offer accommodation to those in need in order to alleviate homelessness in London.
In July 2016 QVSR took over the management of the Seafarers' Centres at the Port of Tilbury & DP World London Gateway, in Stanford-Le-Hope.
It is not well recognised that 95% of all goods arrive in the UK by ship and as such the welfare of those who bring these supplies is often neglected. It is our aim, working in partnership with other Mission Societies and the port authorities, to raise awareness of the valuable job they do and to engage with the local community to provide a welcoming environment for seafarers to enjoy their free time whilst in port.
After spending as many as 9 months at sea our Centre Managers and volunteers seek to provide a place where seafarers will feel "at home", where they can catch up with family and friends via the internet, relax in comfort with music & TV entertainment, purchase refreshments and souvenirs, and socialise with other crew members. Port Chaplains from the German Seaman's Mission, Sailors' Society, Apostleship of the Sea and Mission to Seafarers are also able to provide access to pastoral care, companionship and communication links to those who do not have time to leave ship.
Recent Development of the Seafarers' Centres includes extending and refurbishing the DP World London Gateway Seafarers' Centre and providing an outdoor recreational area at London Tilbury Seafarers' Centre which includes a basketball/football court, table tennis, gazebo and an outdoor seating area.
Supporting the Seafarer's Centres
We would welcome your support whether this be in the form of donations (monetary or goods such as toiletries or clothing) or as a volunteer.
For more information of how you can help us please contact the Centre Managers at the London Tilbury Seafarers Centre:
- Tel: 01375 840454
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address:London Tilbury Seafarers Centre, Tenants Row, Tilbury Freeport, RM18 7EH
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