Apply for help
We want to reach those who need our help as quickly as possible, with the minimum amount of administration involved.
- Complete a financial assitance form to confirm either your details of sea service as a marine engineer or the person on whom eligibility will be based, or Membership of the IMarEST. If you provide supporting evidence of sea service such as a Discharge Book, Certificate of Competency or Service this will help speed up the consideration process, as less time will be spent verifying history.
- Provide details of your financial situation – income and expenditure, savings and any other information that can help the Guild Trustees to make a decision on your circumstances.
- Expect to receive a home visit from a Guild Trustee or a representative from SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity. They will help you in completing the application form.
If we are unable to help, you will be informed quickly and, if possible, will be advised of other organisations that might be able to assist you.
All information provided is treated in the strictest confidence, in accordance with the latest Data Protection Legislation, and will not be passed on to any other beneficiary organisations without your express permission.
Who qualifies for help?
- Marine and electrical engineers Mercantile or Naval, who possess or have possessed Certificates of Competency or Service issued by the relevant governmental administrations, or equivalent qualifications.
- Past and present members or employees of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) or of The Guild of Benevolence.
- Wives, husbands, partners, widows, widowers, dependent children or other dependent relatives of any person qualifying under any of the above categories.
The Committee has sole discretion to decide who is eligible for relief and whether or not they are covered by the above descriptions.
How do beneficiaries find us?
The larger we have grown, the more we have been able to help the marine community worldwide, not just in the United Kingdom. The Guild is a constituent member of the Charities of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB). This allows people to access our help through other maritime bodies associated with the MNWB, many of which are international.
We do still receive a huge number of referrals from national institutions within the UK such as:
- Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB)
- Mission to Seafarers and apostleship of the Sea
- The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association – Forces Help (SSAFA Forces Help)
- The Royal Naval Officers’ Association and Royal Naval Benevolent Funds
- Royal British Legion
- Age Concern
- Occupational Benevolent Funds Associations
- Various local social services departments.
We also receive recommendations from IMarEST and its members. In addition, we advertise through maritime journals and aid directories.