The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading charity providing financial, social and emotional support to millions of all ages and backgrounds who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependants.
To be eligible for our help, you must have served in the Forces for at least 7 days, or be the dependant of someone who has served. It really is that simple.
The Royal British Legion has been providing support for over 90 years now and while needs have changed over the years, our work is as vital as ever. We spend £1.7 million a week on welfare support, and our services are flexible and wide-ranging. Topics covered include:
• War pensions and compensation claims
• Inquest advice
• Benevolent / welfare help
• Benefits and money advice
• Independent living
• Care homes
• Poppy Breaks, Family Holiday Breaks and Adventure Breaks.
Every case is treated individually and in strict confidence on its merits.
Taking the Legion to the Troops
Stamford Branch launched their programme of walk-in welfare workshops at RAF Wittering on 2 September 2009. We then extended the idea to include St George’s Barracks, home of 16 Regt, Royal Artillery at North Luffenham, on 25 August 2011.
And since March 2014 we now mount our welfare workshops to Kendrew Barracks at Cottesmore in Rutland for members of all the units based there – 2 Battn Royal Anglian Regiment 7 Regt, Royal Logistical Corps, and members of the Camp administration itself.
They hold their workshops every month in the Hub, the HIVE, the Junior Ranks Mess, or the families’ coffee shop of the various units where they can best meet not only the military personnel but, just as importantly, their wives and other family members. Their aim is to promote awareness among the Service personnel and their dependants of the wide range of welfare and other services which the Royal British Legion have to offer both during their service, and in their eventual transition to Civvy Street, and afterwards.
The Stamford Welfare Team consists of the Branch Chairman, Vice Chairman, Welfare Representative, and two or three other Branch members. In addition to the monthly workshops, the Branch Welfare Team are now regularly invited to pre-deployment briefings to brief the troops on the services we offer to their families while they are away.
Among the issues most commonly raised are injuries and current and future disability arising from military service, homelessness on discharge, potential problems arising from leaving the Services, a child fretting for a parent on deployment, practical problems arising from the absence of a husband, repatriation to attend a sick relative, etc. Currently the team are handling some 5 or 6 new cases during every visit.
These visits are greatly appreciated by Service personnel of all ranks. They have also been a great success for the branch:
• Close links have been fostered with families, SSAFA, Salvation Army and welfare representatives at all three bases
• Mutually beneficial personal links and friendships now exist between various branch members and Service personnel
• The branch has welcomed many Service personnel into its membership, including a Station Commander at RAF Wittering
• Service personnel from the bases willingly offer their help with the branch’s Poppy Appeal in Stamford each year
• The branch has enjoyed the hospitality of St George’s Barracks and RAF Wittering who have between them hosted the Branch Christmas Dinner for the last 5 years;
• And the branch Welfare Team enjoy invitations to many Mess events.
Stamford branch look forward to forging similar close relations with Kendrew Barracks, to working with other welfare organisations there, and to bringing the whole range of Legion services to the troops and their families.
Want to find out more?
A visit to the UK national website will provide more information of our work. Our free telephone helpline, 0808 802 8080, is open to everyone, 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week. Calls are free from UK landlines and main mobile networks.
If you’re based at RAF Wittering, St George’s Barracks or Kendrew Barracks and you’d like to have a chat, then click here for a full list of dates when we’ll next be dropping in.
Volunteers are vital to our organisation - you can join as a Caseworker, providing emotional support and practical assistance in the local community. Email us for more information.