Seafarers Awareness Week

Seafarers Awareness Week

Seafarers Awareness Week (21st - 29th June 2014) is the annual campaign coordinated by Seafarers UK – the leading charity for seafarers in need – to raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers.

Seafarers UK gives grants of £2.5 million annually to more than 70 charities and organisations that help seafarers, their families and dependents, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

As part of last years Seafarers awareness week Jodie McGregor, Pembrokeshire Coastal Forums Coastal Officer, ran two school days on the 24th and 25th of June 2013.

Three schools took part, Portfield School, which caters for students with disabilities, Mary Immaculate RC School and Neyland Community School.
The students were taken on-board the tall ship, Irene of Bridgewater and learnt how to tie knots, sing sea shanties and took part in a team rigging race.

The students were asked to use their senses of sight, sound and smell to come up with words which they associated with the marine environment.
The students used these words to write an acrostic poem in pairs which used Seafarers as the title, the poems were then judged and a prize given to the best poem.