We are a foundation whose object is to provide a contribution to the social and public wellbeing of seafarers who call in at the ports of Rotterdam or surrounding area and to perform everything that is related or conducive to it. We try to achieve this by the management and operation of the Seafarers’ Club Rotterdam, registered as ‘Zeemanshuis Flying Angel’, in Schiedam.
Seafarers can enjoy a much needed rest ashore, a chance to get away from the ship, contact relatives, play games, have a drink and relax. We provide computers and free WIFI. There are billiards and table tennis tables, books, a chapel and many other amenities for seafarers to enjoy. On a regular basis, we organize special events like karaoke nights and barbecues in the summer.
Our seafarers’ club is completely managed and run by volunteers. This is made financially possible thanks to donations from our sponsors and a small profit from the products we sell.
What is a seafarer?
You can literally define a seafarer as someone who is deployed to serve aboard any type of seagoing vessel twenty-four hours a day. This may sound like a simple definition, but diving deeper into the profession will reveal a plethora of types of services and roles that individual seafarers can play in their jobs. The work of seafarers is often undervalued and their working conditions vary.
There are approximately 1.5 million international seafarers worldwide and they are so important to sustaining our way of life. In total, more than 90% of the world’s goods and fuels are transported around the world, thanks to seafarers.
Seafarers life on board
Seafarers club Rotterdam
Our club is an independent foundation linked to the worldwide organisation ‘The Mission to Seafarers’.
The Mission was set up to provide vital help and support to seafarers as they undertake their essential work. The roots of The Mission go back to 1856.
Offering practical and emotional support and spiritual guidance when asked, to all seafarers regardless of nationality, faith or creed, The Mission to Seafarers aims to provide as much help as possible to international seafarers through representation at over 200 sea ports across 50 different countries.
Does this story appeal to you and would you like to make a contribution to the welfare of seafarers, by means of a donation or by spending some time helping us with our work? Please feel free to contact us.
For ship visits, spiritual support or welfare assistance, feel free to contact him (also via WhatsApp):
+31 6 1377 2464
Revd Dennis Woodward has a YouTube channel where you can watch and listen to his monthly messages specifically recorded for seafarers, entitled “Services for Seafarers”.
To stay informed, please subscribe to his channel by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2UMCTMB
The clubhouse is completely managed and run by volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome, so if you feel that you can spend some time contributing to operational matters of our seafarers’ club or spend some time as a friendly face to seafarers far from home and family, this is the place to be.
We offer a place to different kinds of volunteers. It is, of course, possible to combine different volunteering roles. Serving as a volunteer at our club, you contribute to the welfare of seafarers and this is experienced as a fulfilling activity. You are also welcome to become part of our community of volunteers, to meet new volunteers and to have fun together.
As a volunteer driver of our VW minibus you are the first point of contact for visiting seafarers when they are welcomed ashore. Volunteer drivers are essential for transporting seafarers from their often isolated port locations. They pick up seafarers from their ship and drive them to our club in Schiedam and back again when they ask to return.
The working hours for pick-up drivers are at least once a month on one of our opening nights from 5.30 p.m. until 11 p.m. You must be in the possession of a Dutch driver’s license.
Join our enthusiastic team of volunteer ship visitors under the guidance of our Port Chaplain. Serving seafarers in in the Port of Rotterdam is such a privilege! We are always looking for new volunteers who are good listeners, speak English, hold a valid driving license and have their own car to get round Europe’s largest port. Flexibility and commitment are key to this role and most importantly, any interested candidate would need to be passionate about serving seafarers!
The Mission to Seafarers is an international Christian welfare charity, so any applicant must respect and be willing to operate within our Christian ethos. Interested? Please contact our Port Chaplain on +31 6 1377 2464.
We also need volunteers who have affinity with communication and social media. Someone who would like to maintain our Facebook page and send posts on a regular basis in order to spread the news of our club, to create a buzz for the special evenings we organize, to bring attention to the work of our chaplain and any interesting news with regards to seafarers.
Your posts can also help to evoke possible interest from donors who can possibly support us financially. Maybe you feel that we must also be active on Instagram or organize a clubhouse discussion, we are more than interested to hear your ideas. You are flexible in the amount of time you can spend, as a guide, a minimum of one hour a week.
Management of the clubhouse
Are you a true organizer, someone who likes to structure, to anticipate, to run a clubhouse? Then you can be an important asset as a bar manager. Tasks consist of buying bar supplies, maintaining duty rosters for the bar and driver volunteers. Keeping an eye of the smooth running of the clubhouse. This role can be perfectly executed by two volunteers.
Where to find us
Seafarers Club Rotterdam Schiedam ‘Flying Angel’
Admiraal Trompstraat 1
3115 HK Schiedam
Telephone number: +31 (0) 104 260 933
KvK number 78157986
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