Welcome to the Chippenham Branch of The Royal British Legion
We Need Volunteers!
It is our volunteers and supporters in Chippenham and the
surrounding area who form the backbone of our Branch. Without them
we would miss out not just on the money they raise on our behalf,
but the enthusiasm and human touch which they bring to the work
they do for us in our local community. Any time is valuable -
whether you have just an hour a week, or a day per week. We
desperately need people who share our values. All supporters are
welcome. You don't have to have an Armed Forces background.
Do you have the time to help us?
Who we need
We need people of all ages to help us in a range of different
areas, depending on your interest and also how much time you can
spare. Just an hour or two a month can make all the difference. We
are looking for people to help raise funds, conduct welfare visits
or use their secretarial or organisational skills to fill critical
There are four main areas where we need you to help:
Poppy Appeal Collectors form the 'frontline' of our annual Poppy
Appeal, standing on the high street, supermarket, garage or rail
station, selling Poppies and collecting money from passersby. Their
role is twofold: helping to raise a huge amount towards the £70
million plus which the Legion spends each year on its welfare work
and reminding the public at large about the importance of
here to contact the Chippenham coordinator to be a Poppy Appeal
Welfare support is one of our main reasons for being. Volunteer
caseworkers are active in our local community the whole year round:
giving advice and assistance in claiming state benefits providing
support through family crises such as bereavement, obtaining advice
and assistance on pensions, assisting people applying for long-term
residential and nursing care and short term respite breaks,
providing information on other local and national welfare
organisations supporting homeless ex-Service people.
'Giving something back to people who give or have given up so
much for our community is extremely satisfying. Knowing that the
charity does so much for our serving and ex-service community: I
have helped men and women and families, young and old, with a wide
range of concerns and needs. Sometimes providing nothing more than
someone to chat to. I really feel that being a caseworker means
that I have a positive impact on people in my community.'
-Volunteer Welfare Caseworker, Chippenham Branch.
Hospital & Housebound Visitors
This is one of the oldest of the Legion's schemes, and
encapsulates what our welfare network is all about people looking
out for each other. Sometimes ex-Service men and women who are
either in a care home, housebound or in hospital have no contact
with the outside world. So the couple of hours a Visitor could
spend with them can mean the world.
We desperately need people to volunteer to train as
Hospital & Housebound Visitors.
Click here if you are
interested in becoming Caseworker or Welfare Visitor
Our small teams of enthusiastic volunteers organize many
fundraising events throughout the year, such as The County Ball
held at the Neeld Hall, Running Charity Events, Manning the RBL
Stand at local events. However, we are always looking for
volunteers to help and bring new ideas. Some of our supporters have
even run in the London Marathon for us. Not only is it an
opportunity for people to raise vital funds for the Legion but is
also gives them the chance to set themselves personal challenges,
and also have a lot of fun!