We assist thousands of people who are serving or have served as Warrant Officers and below in the Royal Navy & Royal Marines, and their dependants, who find themselves in need or distress. Our aim is to help them enjoy a reasonable quality of life mainly by providing wide ranging financial assistance. We also care for older people in our own Care Home and Almshouse.
Wide ranging financial help
We make grants to assist in a very wide variety of circumstances, such as help towards living expenses, house repairs, disability aids, job training, all sorts of financial difficulties, care home top-up fees, domiciliary care and much more. Every year we respond to just under three thousand applications with grants totalling about £1.3 million.Find out more
Categories of need
For general guidance we list the areas in which we often give help: we call them Categories of Need and they are shown on this page.Find out more
How to apply
If you are serving you should consider contacting your local RN or RM Welfare first. Or, contact your local branch of SSAFA or TRBL who will arrange for a caseworker to visit you to complete an application form.Find out more
Need more help?
In the complex modern world, there may be underlying issues which then lead to problems of ‘necessity or distress’. We recognise the need for a wider-ranging, or ‘holistic’, approach to supporting you, and we have established a post, the Beneficiary Support Co-ordinator (BSC), to help you to resolve these underlying issues.Find out more
Regular charitable payments
These payments provide those beneficiaries on very low incomes with a small but regular financial supplement of £33 per week for new awards. We currently fund about 950 RCPs totalling about £1m each year.Find out more
Other charitable organisations
We give limited financial assistance via a few organisations that support our beneficiaries – for example hospices in Portsmouth and Plymouth; Not Forgotten Association; Revitalise; Veterans Outreach Support and others. This is a modest part of our budget.Find out more
We have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, which might be useful in the first instance. Remember, we are always happy to hear from you if you would prefer to talk to us personally.Find out more