Mission to Seafarers Victoria is calling out for volunteers to meet the needs of seafarers
The Mission to Seafarers Victoria (MtSV), which has been caring for the welfare of seafarers in Melbourne since 1857 in the heart of Docklands, is putting the call out for volunteers to help meet the welfare needs of seafarers.
One of the key services we offer, that is highly valued by the seafarers, is transport to and from the docks and the city. This service is offered seven days a week – day and evening all year round – and allows the seafarers for a short time to escape the noise, routine and confines of ship life to do some personal shopping or just explore the city. The break from ship life has a big impact on their wellbeing.
To meet the needs of the seafarers for this service we rely on volunteers to drive our minibus. The minibus can be driven with a standard vehicle driver’s licence.
We currently need more volunteers to help us meet the needs of the seafarers that bring in more than 90 per cent of all goods we consume and keep our economy running. Each day 56 tonnes of coffee come into Melbourne by ship along, with 314 shipping containers of furniture, 211 containers of household appliances, 139 containers of clothing and 29 shipping containers of beer.
We understand volunteers are busy people. Our volunteer program is flexible so they can help out when they have the capacity to do so.
The Mission to Seafarers Victoria is located at 717 Flinders St, Docklands, and is open seven days a week.
We urgently need drivers that will pick up seafarers and take them between the city and the docks. To learn more visit: missiontoseafarers.com.au/volunteers or call 03 9629 7083. •