Life at Royal Alfred

The Society was founded by and is still run for former seafarers, so we recognise that a life at sea can be a challenging and often lonely one.

When seafarers come ashore or retire, they can often find it difficult to know where to turn for like-minded companionship and the practical and emotional support of people who understand their needs.

The Royal Alfred was established as a charity in 1865 to help “worn out and infirm seamen”, and over the past 150 years, our commitment to providing a safe haven for seafarers, their widows and dependants hasn’t changed.

We can accommodate 68 residents in our care home and have a further 22 self-contained flats in our leafy grounds on the Weston Acres Estate.

How we help

We pride ourselves on offering seafarers a safe haven, whatever their circumstances. With more than 150 years of experience, we’re always at the forefront of care innovations, making sure our residents get the support they need, in an environment suitable for their needs.

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Contact us

To get in touch with the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, please complete the online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can contact us using the details listed below.

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It’s good to talk

Due to the very nature of their careers, seafarers often find themselves isolated from family and friends and on retirement it is common for them to live far away from loved ones, particularly if they require residential nursing.

We encourage regular visits from friends and family, and for those further afield, we offer wi-fi throughout the buildings as well as an internet café, so they can stay in touch online.