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Greenwich Hospital is a unique Crown Charity. The Hospital provides charitable support including annuities, sheltered housing and education to serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their dependants.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) is the principal charity to the Royal Navy. It exists to support sailors, marines and their families, for life. It has funded projects and facilities that boost morale for those who serve today. It also distributes millions of pounds annually to military charities which care for children, families and veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, exists to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity. SSAFA often acts as the casework organisation for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust.
The Legion was founded by veterans after the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict they still help today’s Service men and women, veterans, and their families in almost every aspect of daily life. The Legion also provides advice and information on housing and residential care and often acts as the casework organisation for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust.
Formerly King George’s Fund for Sailors which was founded by King George V in 1917 and is the only central fund making grants to nautical charities which look after the welfare needs of seafarers and their dependants in the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and the Fishing Fleet. Help ranges from care of elderly seafarers to financial help for those still serving who hit problems brought on by ill health, disability, homelessness, unemployment, broken homes and bereavement. Seafarers’ children also benefit with help in education.
The WRNS Benevolent Trust exists to provide relief in cases of necessity or distress amongst its members and their dependants. A member is anyone who served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service and transferred to the Royal Navy before 1 November 1993, or anyone who has served in the WRNS since 3 September 1939. The Trust helps both officers and ratings. The Trust is co-located with RNBT in Portsmouth.
The Royal Naval & Royal Marines’ Children’s Fund provides assistance for the children of those serving or who have served in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines. The Fund is co-located with RNBT in Portsmouth.
The Not Forgotten Association is a unique national tri-service charity which provides entertainment and recreation for the benefit of the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.
The Officers’ Association is a charity dedicated to assisting officers who have retired or are about to retire from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. The Association was founded in 1919 and received the Royal Charter in 1921.
The Royal Naval Association was granted its Royal Charter in 1954. Established to further the efficiency and well-being of the service, preserve its traditions and encourage recruiting.
An executive agency of the Ministry of Defence intended to work in partnership with other organisations to deliver the war pensions scheme through a modernised and high quality customer focused system.
Combat Stress provides welfare support and remedial treatment to Veterans suffering from psychological injury caused by traumatic experiences in service (including PTSD).
The Federation has been set up to give Royal Navy and Royal Marine families an independent voice. They also publish the Homeport magazine.
The Sailors Childrens Society is a maritime charity which supports families with a seafaring connection, who are in receipt of a means tested benefit and have a child under the age of 18. This includes Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleet and includes families who may be divorced, deceased or disabled.
BLESMA is a National Charity for Limbless and Ex-Service Men and Women, their dependants and Widows. The objectives of the Association are to promote the welfare of all those of either sex who have lost a limb or limbs, or one or both eyes, or the use of limbs as a result of service in any branch of Her Majesty’s Forces or Auxiliary Forces and to assist needy dependants of such service limbless. We will also help those who lose a limb after service. Today, BLESMA are aiding thousands of amputees of all ages. From those who served during WWII, to recent conflicts and peace keeping missions.
Aggies is a Christian charity dedicated to supporting Naval Service personnel and their families. Motivated by the love of God, and in close co-operation with the Naval authorities, Aggies achieves this calling by seeking to befriend and support Naval Personnel and their families, providing facilities for education and recreation and addressing other specific areas of need identified with Service life. Aggies HQ is co-located with RNBT in Portsmouth.
The WWA exists to improve the conditions of War Widows and their dependants in Great Britain. Its work encompasses not only those who have suffered bereavement from the last World War and as a result of more recent conflicts such as Korea and the Falklands, the Gulf and Afghanistan but also those who have suffered the loss of their husband in peacetime, when his death was attributable to his service life. It maintains close links with all ex-Service organisations and the Service widows’ associations.
Since we were founded in 1839 our aim has been the same, to relieve distress among the seafaring and ex-seafaring community. Thankfully, shipwrecks are fewer but they still occur bringing tragedy in their wake, and then there are those who have left the sea, through accident, ill-health or on retirement and their dependants who are living on meagre incomes and in need of assistance.
Our remit is to help ex-Service men and women who served The Crown and are now in need. Benevolence monies are dispensed to beneficiaries through a network of ex-Service organisations across the Commonwealth.
The Forces Children’s Trust (FCT) is a charity devoted to helping dependent children that have lost a parent whilst serving with the Armed Forces. The FCT, by reason of its aims and size, has the flexibility and ability to make decisions and offer help as needed, with minimum fuss and consequent time-loss. It is able to help both an individual and a group of children in similar circumstances.
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust is happy to be a member of the Association of Charity Officers (ACO). The Association is the national umbrella body for benevolent charities, that is charities that provide aid and advice to individuals in need. Any charity helping individuals can join the Association. If you are looking for help and do not have eligibility for assistance from The RNBT there may still be help available from a fund in ACO membership.
COBSEO is established to represent, promote and further the interests of Service and ex-Service personnel, their spouses and other dependants, through Service Charities and by all practical, legal and proper means. This is normally achieved by exchanging and co-ordinating information between its member Service Charities and liaising with external agencies.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, in West Sussex, is a registered charity (1072334) which provides long term and respite nursing care, rehabilitation and support to physically disabled ex-Servicemen and women from across the country. The facilities are designed to encourage rehabilitation, self-development and independence. They accept residents from age 18 upwards and have 60 beds for both permanent and short term respite care.
Turn2us exists to help people access the money they need that is available to them – through benefits, grants and other financial help. The website is a comprehensive resource designed to help individuals find appropriate sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on their particular needs and circumstances.
As the independent watchdog for the Armed Forces pensions, the Forces Pension Society reaches out to serving and retired Forces personnel and their relatives and dependants and also offers through life administrative services, such a private medical insurance, conveyancing, probate and will writing, whilst campaigning for Service Pension rights. It also supports and advises members in their fight for the pension they should be receiving.
The Maritime Charities Welfare Guide – There are in excess of 150 charities in the guide providing a plethora of services to RN, RM, MN, Fishing fleets and their dependants. The guide is primarily designed to assist the public, in particular SSAFA caseworkers and Social Workers, find the maritime charity best suited to help. It will provide a useful ‘in house’ search tool.
The Defence Medical Welfare Service provides 24 hour practical and emotional support to those members of the British Armed Forces who are receiving hospital care, their dependent relatives and entitled civilians, in operational areas and in static locations in the UK and overseas.
The Royal Navy Officers’ Charity (RNOC) provides financial support and benevolence to both serving and retired officers of the Naval Service, as well as their spouses, former spouses and dependants during times of financial distress. The charity also assists with education fees via scholarships. Through this provision our aims are to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for our clients.
The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society is a maritime charity which provides housing, residential and nursing care to former seafarers, this includes those who are elderly, infirm or disabled, as well as their widows and dependants, from across the UK. The society’s flagship residential and nursing home, Belvedere House, also features a dementia annex providing specialist care to those suffering from the condition.
Barclays Armed Forces, Transition, Employment & Resettlement (AFTER) programme helps to address the issues faced by Service personnel and veterans as they transition into civilian life, and aims to highlight the economic value these highly skilled individuals can bring to the corporate world.
Veteran Employment Transition Support is a coalition of partners that has come together to support all veterans as they seek to find the right job. It consists of corporates from all industries, military charities, the Ministry of Defence and the Career Transition Partnership. Providing one-to-one mentoring.
Help for Heroes was founded in 2007 to provide direct, practical support for wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel, Veterans (‘the blokes’) and their loved ones.
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in the UK and around the world.
SAIL is an advice service dedicated to all seafarers and their families across the UK. It’s run by Greenwich Citizens Advice Bureau on behalf of the Seafarers Hospital Society and funded in partnership with Seafarers UK and Greenwich Hospital.
The Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces provides independent and impartial oversight of the Service complaints system for members of the UK Armed Forces.