London Tilbury & DP World London Gateway
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.
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: