Aberdeen Seafarers Centre runs a weekly meeting for retired seafarers.
Howard became aware of many seafarers struggling after they retired, sadly, all too frequently meeting them for the first time when conducting their funeral! Hence his idea of a ‘Sea-Shed.’
The Seafarers Centre on Market Street where we used to meet pre Covid-19, but now we gather every Friday via the medium of Zoom!
What is the “Sea-Shed” you may be asking? Let me explain.
The Sea-Shed will be a place where Seafarers feel at home and can pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. The Sea-Shed offers this to a group of seafarers who share experiences, knowledge and resources they need to enhance their lives in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. It is a place of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. Above all, it is a place of leisure where seafarers come together to enjoy the friendship of the sea.
The Sea-Shed’s activities usually involve talking, discovering, learning and laughing!
Although a Sea-Shed will mostly attract older men and women, seafarers of any age who are no longer working at sea are welcome. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of the Sea-Shed is not a building, but the network of relationships between the members.
It could include many different things, but it will include the development of IT skills with iPads being provided to use at the Shed for free; guest speakers; outings; tea/coffee and tab nabs; a light lunch will be provided and plenty of fun and laughter! All this is free to seafarers!
So, if you are finding it difficult to settle into a ‘normal’ way of life ashore after your retirement, possibly feeling isolated and lonely after years at sea with your mates and missing the camaraderie of seafaring life, then joining the Sea-Shed just might be right for you!
Please do get in touch for details of how to join the zoom meeting.