New health programme for fishing families

Posted on 12th January 2023 | in Community , Health

A new health drive is being launched in Amble for fishermen and their families.

Well Up North Primary Care Network, as part of its health equity drive for the people of North Northumberland, have joined forces with the SeaFit Programme, which is run jointly by The Fishermens Mission and the Seafarers Hospital Society, along with Healthwatch Northumberland and Amble Harbourmaster, to deliver a new health equity pilot programme  “Health at the Quayside” for the fishing community (past and present), and their families of Amble.

Karen Gibson, Brian Douglas and Peter Dade standing on Amble Quayside

L-R Karen Gibson, Well Up North; Brian Douglas, Skipper Sarah Louise; Peter Dade, Fishermen’s Mission

The first event will take place on the 25th January from 1pm to 3pm at Coquet House, Amble, NE65 0AP. There will be a range of free services for retired and active fishermen from health checks, physiotherapist, mental health support, Prostate Cancer UK, a GP, Pharmacist and a Social Prescribing Link Worker. Healthwatch Northumberland will also be on hand to listen to the fishermen’s experiences of local health services.

Karen Gibson Health Inequality Project Lead for the PCN stated ” This pilot programme is designed to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our fishermen. Working in the fishing industry is one of the most challenging jobs.  Work-related injuries are high within this industry and time spent at sea means it can be difficult to access appropriate health care. We are very much looking forward to working collaboratively with our partners in this pilot. Healthcare in a place based setting in the heart of the fishing community in Amble.”

Further dates throughout the year are:  Wed 29th March, Wed 31st May, Wed 26th July , Wed 27th September, Wed 29th November.

For further information about welfare support please contact the Fishermen’s Mission Area Officer Peter Dade 07917 754259

For further information about the SeaFit Programme please contact or call 07486 319621


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