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Volunteers are invaluable to Apostleship of the Sea. Without them we simply could not sustain our vital work with seafarers. 

Why Volunteer?
Volunteering with AoS should be beneficial, not only to our organisation, but also to you, the volunteer. People volunteer for many different reasons. Some of the more common motivations are:
  • A belief in the mission of AoS and a feeling that you would like to give something back.
  • A way to express and share your faith.
  • To gain experience in a particular area.
  • To develop skills.
  • To enhance a C.V. and employability.
We often get volunteers who have some connection to the sea, for example they may have been a seafarer once themselves or they may have a relative who worked in a port or at sea. Volunteers come from all walks of life and are of varying ages! Whatever your age or background you are most welcome to help us. Volunteering for AoS will give you the opportunity to help seafarers in need either directly or indirectly depending on what volunteering role you take on. It is a way of thinking globally but acting locally. 

* Watch this video about the vital work our ship visiting volunteers do.


There are a number of different volunteering roles within Apostleship of the Sea, can you see one which would suit you?

Parish Contact: 
AoS is always looking for people to act as a link between parishioners and AoS. At a basic level we would ask you to put copies of our annual report into your parish and assist with promoting our annual Sea Sunday appeal. If you would like to be more involved then you could hold coffee mornings to raise awareness or even give a talk about the work of AoS. For England & Wales contact Roland Hayes at roland@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk or 078 8789 3763. For Scotland email Euan McArthur at euan@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk or phone 077 2009 3155.


Ship Visitor:
Volunteer ship visitors go onboard vessels to visit seafarers, approaching them as friends, listening to their concerns and where possible offering practical help, for example providing news from seafarers’ home countries, local information and arranging for mass or liturgy onboard. Watch this video about the vital work our ship visitors do.


Volunteers help us by holding fundraising events in their local community, for example quiz nights, coffee mornings or taking part in sponsored walks/runs. For more information on fundraising please get in touch with our national office


Volunteer drivers take seafarers from their ships to seafarers’ centres, the local shops and, on some occasions, a local church or hospital.

If you are interested in any of these volunteering roles or have any other ideas of how you can help, feel free to contact us for more information or a chat about the best role for you. Please call the office on 020 79011931 or email info@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk