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Project information

North East Outreach Programme

Our North East Outreach Programme is a comprehensive tool for delivering long term support to impoverished and marginalised fishing communities. It is delivered from a ‘mini centre’ by 6 staff members and 12 volunteers who cover Hull and the coast up to Whitby, an approximate 70 mile 'patch.'

November 2017 - November 2018

Charity information: The Fishermen's Mission (Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen)

The Fishermen's Mission (Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen) logo
  • Need


    Reflecting the wider social issues facing this area, poverty and debt are rife in many fishing communities. Fishing can be a precarious business with success depending on factors such as the weather and fluctuating fish prices.

    Many retired fishermen have no private pensions and have poor health as a result of a tough life at sea and an inadequate diet. Deprivation is a daily reality, with most struggling to afford food and pay bills. Some are isolated from the wider community.


    Our outreach programme is anticipated to have a profound impact on up to 850 individuals and their families in 2017/18.

    Through one to one support with our team, we aim to see a reduction in crisis situations such as a breakdown of housing/relationships/loss of employment; better health outcomes for those with both short and long term conditions; less financial hardship; a decrease in feelings of social exclusion and isolation and better mental health as a result of less anxiety and stress.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide Emergency Response 365 days of the year to each fisherman involved in an incident at sea.


    » Our outreach staff liaise with the teams who rescue our fishermen and help them find accommodation, food, and clothing and alert their families.

    What success will look like

    We will record and monitor the number of incidents we attend and the outcome after an incident for each individual we support.

    Aim 2

    Provide Crisis Intervention for up to 100 people a year across a spectrum of welfare issues.


    » Provide face to face practical support and signposting to other agencies such as social services to help people tackle their issues.

    What success will look like

    We will record and monitor the issues facing each individual we support and what the eventual outcome is for each including the impact on the life of that individual.

    Aim 3

    Reducing the loneliness and isolation of ex- fishermen, their widows and families.


    » Deliver home and hospital visits to those who are living alone or geographically isolated and helping them access long term statutory support.

    What success will look like

    We will record and monitor the numbers of individuals we visit through the year and the frequency with which they connect with their community.

    Aim 4

    Increase the number of retired beneficiaries by 5%-10% to access our outreach programme.


    » Through local awareness raising initiatives such as posters and leaflets in GP surgeries and liaison with regional press and radio.

    What success will look like

    We will record and monitor the increase in numbers of new beneficiaries in a 12 month period and by what method they were first 'recruited.'

    Aim 5

    Investigate the viability of a future Healthcheck Project to help detect and prevent ill-health


    » Initiate exploratory meetings with local NHS occupational health teams who could deliver free, primary healthchecks at ports and on quaysides.

    What success will look like

    By the successful arrangement of a meeting with local NHS occupational teams who are open to discussions about a future partnership of this nature.

  • Impact


    Less impoverished communities; improved home life for individuals and the whole family through greater financial stability; greater life and self-management skills which are empowering and lead to higher levels of independence; improved communication skills through regular contact with our outreach staff and as a result of more regular social interaction, more cohesive communities.

    We will demonstrate this through our beneficiary outcomes data and by sharing the stories of the people we help.


    Generating the voluntary income in order to fully deliver the project is always a risk and so to counteract this we always develop a fundraising plan for each financial year.

    Legal changes in the world of commercial fishing such as changing quotas can affect the livelihoods of our beneficiaries, and so we monitor the industry to ensure that we can make operational preparations for any sudden increases in demand on our outreach programme.


    We will share the real stories of those beneficiaries who give us permission through our marketing and promotional material such as our Annual Review and website.

    We will publish key data such as the numbers of people we help and how we help them improve their lives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £134,371

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,846 Fixed costs Buildings & maintenance
      £86,908 Staff costs Salaries including National Insurance & pension costs
      £3,077 Utilities Mini centre gas, electric, lighting etc
      £6,505 Transport Staff petrol cost to visit ports & beneficaries etc
      £4,939 Communications Telephone, email, postage to help support beneficiaries
      £8,096 Other Publicity, equipment for mini centre, computer costs
  • Background


    The project reach includes the city of Hull, North Shields and up the coast to Whitby, an approximate 70 mile area.

    This North East region in general has a proud fishing and maritime history but also pockets of extreme deprivation.

    The decline in Hull's fishing industry, for example, was the start of a long decline that left the city, by some measures, the poorest in Britain, ranking near the bottom of every indicator of UK socio-economic wealth, despite its 2017 City of Culture status.


    Active, commercial fishermen with small and moderate vessels (less than 15 metres). Annual income for these small operators is typically modest and erratic with most living ‘hand to mouth.’

    Retired fishermen who may have poor physical and mental health and be living in isolation and extreme poverty.

    The families of both active and retired fishermen including widows and children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have over 130 years of direct experience working with active and retired fishermen and their families. From an underpinning of Christian values and through our network of staff and volunteers in over 80 ports and harbours, we deliver a modern outreach programme throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Our partners include The Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Seafish, ILO 188 (Fishing Convention) and the RNLI, and we are actively involved in key issues such as safety at sea.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peter Dade

    Superintendent who oversees the day to day operational activities of the project.

    Gwen Pickford

    Undertakes much of the essential administration involved in delivering a busy outreach programme.

    Tracey Stephens

    Superintendent who oversees the day to day operational activities of the project.

    Sal Van Beem

    Mission Port Officer who also helps deliver the outreach programme's activities.

Not many people realise the hard…work and draining emotion that fishing families come up against on a daily basis. Every day I kiss Pete and tell him to have a good day at sea because I never know if I’ll see him again. The Fishermen’s Mission has been an absolute rock for us.

Chantelle, wife of Pete, a commercial fisherman