As well as looking after the welfare needs of retired seafarers QVSR is fully committed to serving working seafarers within the Port of London.
Our Port Chaplains Deacon Joern Hille and Chaplains Assistant Elmer Pulleros work as part of a wider ecumenical Chaplaincy team offering welfare services to ships that visit the Port of London. Deacon Joern Hille says “I count it a privilege to offer welfare and support to the men and women seafarers who visit our Port. Often my work involves listening and giving practical assistance. Life at sea is difficult and anything I can do to make a seafarers life just that little bit better can make a real difference”. Much of our welfare work is delivered through the Centres for Seafarers Tilbury Seafarers Centre.
QVSR is very proud to be a part of Centres for Seafarers. Centres for Seafarers was formed as a not for profit charity company in 2004, it originally was a partnership of the three international Christian Mission Societies, The Apostleship of the Sea, The Sailors Society and The Mission to Seafarers. In 2014 the partnership widened to include Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest – The Seamen’s Mission of the Methodist Church. Today these four partners are working together to provide welfare, comfort and shelter for seafarers visiting UK ports.