We’re a close-knit charity which has stayed true to our Christian calling since we were established in 1881.
The Fishermen’s Mission is an equal opportunities employer so when you work with us, you’re valued, supported and encouraged.
If you think your skills, experience, passion and drive can benefit the UK’s fishing communities and the families within them, please take a look at our vacancies when they are listed.
Mission Area Officer – Aberdeen
The Fishermen’s Mission maintains a strong ecumenical Christian presence in the area in order to provide emergency, practical welfare and pastoral support to active and retired fishermen and their families, of all faiths and none.
Since the demise of Aberdeen as a large active fishing Port and the closure of our centre in the city, the Fishermen’s Mission’s work in the area has primarily concentrated on retired, older fishermen, widows and family members.
Currently the Mission Area Officer looks after around 100 active beneficiaries the core work is peripatetic outreach activities to build relationships, unearth suffering and deprivation and to deliver event or life changing outcomes for our beneficiaries, we intend for these numbers to increase. Needs are wide ranging, from abject poverty to loneliness and we aim to provide practical and pastoral support to reflect these needs. Visiting at home, in harbours and hospitals forms the core of this work, along with processing grant applications to other charities (for items like white goods, disability aids etc.), building relationships with other providers and engagement with the wider community, especially the wider faith communities. The role requires a lot of time on the road, ‘organised flexibility’ and a self starting approach. All our staff undertake training as caseworkers and need to develop skills in assessing need and making relevant applications for grant support. Most of our port staff work particularly closely with the maritime charities including Shipwrecked Mariners Society and will usually act as their agents.
The Mission Area Officer is supported by a part time Administrative Assistant (3 days per week) and a two-days per week Mission Port Officer working the Fife area south of the Tay. There is a possibility of an additional Mission Port Officer covering from Stonehaven to Perth if successful outreach shows the need.
In addition to staff members, the Aberdeen Fishermen’s Mission enjoys the support of volunteer groups who invest their time and have been incredibly successful at fundraising; building and nurturing the relationship with these groups is important.
The Fishermen’s Mission prides itself on offering a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year emergency response service. Although Aberdeen sees much less emergency response work than some of our ports a willingness to respond swiftly to fishing emergencies and accidents remains at the heart of our purpose. By some measure, fishing is the most dangerous occupation in the UK.
The Fishermen’s Mission is motivated by its historic and ongoing commitment to share the love of God. This is done with deep sensitivity and with a focus on practical action – “Christianity with its sleeves rolled up”. The Fishermen’s Mission has no denominational affiliation and an ability to work ecumenically is important. We seek
to work closely in co-operation with local churches in our Christian ministry to the fishing community. The spiritual support we offer will include a willingness to lead funerals and other services as appropriate.
This is an exciting and challenging full time post and the successful candidate will be part of a dynamic nationwide team at a time of significant development within the Fishermen’s Mission.
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Application forms to be sent to Hanna Taylor at HannaTaylor@fishermensmission.org.uk
The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 30 May
Interviews will be held at our Aberdeen office on Thursday 8 June
As an organisation The Fishermen’s Mission, takes seriously our commitment to
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. As such, appointment will be subject to
satisfactory references and DBS/ PVG checks.