Affiliated Charities

Background to Foyle Search and Rescue

Foyle Search & Rescue has come a long way since 1993 when all volunteers had was loose change in their pockets to ring for help. It all began from a tiny office in Queen’s Street provided by Mr Kevin Clifford, City Print. Mr John Gilliland kindly provided the charity with a purpose built shed enabling our emergency rescue boat to be launched-which is still operational today. In 1995, we moved to a site located near to the Waterside end of the Craigavon Bridge. It consisted of three portacabins, which provided basic facilities for the teams.

Our current building, funded by the National Lottery, Peace & Reconciliation, DSD, and land given by Derry City Council has been designed to meet our needs with three floors for office, communications, counselling, training space and a large boat shed.  However, as our operations expand we are finding it increasingly difficult to operate in our current facilities.  We desperately need to expand but in todays current economic climate sourcing funding for such an ambitious project is proving difficult.  We have established a “building fund”, if you would like to contribute to this fund please donate online or contact our office on 02871 3138000, or drop us an e mail.

We have also recently added a jetty funded through the PSNI Community Fund.

Principle Aims and Objectives

•    Preservation of life in and around the River Foyle
•    Delivering effective education and training programmes locally
•    Training volunteers
•    Promoting safety on the River Foyle
•    Maintaining lifebelts along the walkways
•    Planning for future sustainability through the implementation of a 5 Year Strategy Plan

 We have more than 1,000 staff, 1,092 volunteers and more than 20,000 members who support our work across the UK. We are led by our Executive Group, Board of Trustees, President and seven Vice Presidents who bring with them decades of experience from both the charity and commercial sectors.