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Charity Number: 1146420
Scottish Charity Number: SC039189

The Army Benevolent Fund is the Army’s national charity, here for soldiers, past and present, and their families for life.

We stand at the forefront of support for the Army family, last year supporting 65,000 people in 48 countries around the world. As one of the largest funders in the sector, we award grants to individuals and families, and fund leading organisations that support soldiers, former soldiers, and their families. When we hear of a person or family in need, we aim to respond within 48 hours.

Contact Information
Mountbarrow House
6-20 Elizabeth Street
0207 901 8900

Support Offered

Financial assistance to relieve hardship:

Grants for living costs, emergency needs, debt relief

Provision of annuities and Educational Bursaries

Care home fees

Home adaptations

Furnishing and equipment

Mobility assistance

Funding Holiday breaks

Charity Number: 305962
Scottish Charity Number: SC039057
Company Number: 00293432

Our mission is to help young people across the UK to develop and achieve through the Army Cadets.

Contact Information
Holderness House
51-61 Clifton Street

Support Offered

Through charitable grant giving: Support young people the UK to develop their physical, mental and social skills by accessing the Army Cadet Force (ACF); Support ACF volunteers to develop their youth leadership and training abilities by awarding bursaries enabling them to enrol on Institute of Leadership and Management courses.
(See Promote the ACF by speaking positively about its impact.

(The ACF is a large national youth organisation sponsored by the Army which delivers a wide range of youth development activities to young people over 12 (and in year eight at school) and under 18, with training delivered by adult volunteers. See . Note that ACCT UK is a charity that sits outside the military chain of command and has no executive role at all in running the ACF, but has been dedicated to supporting the ACF since 1930 and is recognised by the chain of command as a key supporting partner.)

Charity Number: 245700

The British Army’s own grant-making fund which supports charities and projects that benefit serving Army personnel and their families, both Regular and Reserve. The Fund makes annual grants to Army welfare funds, to the Army Families Federation and to the Army Sport Control Board. One-off awards are also made to national charities that support the Army community and to Army and Joint units for welfare projects and activities. Each application is considered on its merits.

Contact Information
The Army Central Fund
Trenchard Lines,Upavon, Pewsey

Support Offered

Charities seeking a grant should contact the Secretary for advice and for an application form. Recent projects have included contributions to; NSPCC Families Centres in Catterick and Tidworth, SSAFA Norton House, Home-Start UK local schemes, CESSAC café refurbishments, RBLI Families Lifeworks courses and the Combat Stress helpline. The fund’s annual report is published on the Charity Commission website and gives further details of grants awarded.

Recent unit projects supported, many in conjunction with the Nuffield Trust and other Service charities, include; improvements to community facilities in Wattisham, Naples, Brunei, Kineton, Bramcote and Tern Hill, digitisation of SSVC cinemas, grants for all-weather sports pitches at Abingdon and South Cerney and a contribution to the new parachuting aircraft in Cyprus. Grants have also been made to welfare projects for troops in Poland, Estonia and for families in the Falkland Islands and Kenya. Unit staff, garrisons and sports association secretaries should read Army Command Standing Order 3206 for advice and the instructions on submitting applications.

The Army Central Fund works closely with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is keen to retain links to other COBSEO member charities and to Regimental and Corps Associations in order to optimise the effectiveness of all grants awarded.

Charity Number: 1064522

The Army Dependants’ Trust is a charity which provides discretionary cash awards to dependants of officers & soldiers who die in service, from whatever cause, on or off duty.

Contact Information
Building 183
Trenchard Lines

Support Offered

For a small annual donation the Trust relieves financial hardship for the member’s family in the immediate period following their loss. The Trust also supports ABF – The Soldier’s Charity, in its work with dependants. All members of the Army – Regular, Reserve and MPGS – are eligible to be members. This includes FTRS and NRPS personnel.

Charity Number: 1176393
Scottish Charity Number: SC048282

AFF is the voice of the Army family. It empowers and acts as an advocate and an independent expert witness to promote a quality of life which reflects the military covenant.

Contact Information
IDL 414, Floor 1, Zone 7
Ramillies Buildings Marlborough Lines
Monxton Road ,Andover
SP11 8HJ
01264 382326

Support Offered

Highlights problems to chain of command and service providers.

Sign-posting service for assistance of every kind.

Charity Number: 1190952
Company Number: 12727846

We are the Association of Service Drop-In Centres, better known as ASDIC. We represent, advise and unite service drop-in centres across the UK, working together to ensure veterans and their families receive the comradeship and support they need in their local community.

Contact Information
c/o RBLI Village
Hall Road
ME20 7NL

Support Offered

When a Drop-In Centre becomes a member of ASDIC, they join a supportive network that spans the UK with every member working towards the same goal – to improve support for veterans in the places they call home. We believe together is stronger, so as your Association we encourage collaboration and create opportunities to exchange ideas and overcome shared challenges as a community. Your free membership also includes:
Advocacy: we make sure your voice is represented at all levels of the veterans’ welfare system
Guidance: we offer advice on governance, share best practice on all aspects of Drop-In operations, and offer a Code of Conduct to support our members
Freedom: we do not over-regulate or enforce restrictive practices so you can best serve the unique challenges within your local community
Online support: you’ll have access to the online Community Hub, where you can connect with other members, and get real-time updates on available services and assistance
Fast service verification: you’ll have exclusive access to VetCheck to verify Drop-In users’ service records within hours, created by ASDIC in partnership with Veterans UK
Funding guidance: we signpost funding opportunities and offer advice on applications
Training: we create and signpost training and development opportunities
Events: from regional workshops to national conferences

Charity Number: 257040

The Association of Wrens and Women of the Royal Naval Services exists to bind together in practical friendship women of the Royal Naval Services, past and present, by sharing achievements, traditions and heritage.

Contact Information
Building 1/87
Scott Road
HM Naval Base,Portsmouth
02392 725141

Support Offered

Frequent meetings / reunions held throughout UK. Representation at military parades / commemorative events, throughout UK

In-house magazine ‘The Wren’ posted to all members.

Opportunity to attend reunions, meet locally, find former colleagues.
Contact with HM Ships / RN establishments.

Referrals to WRNS Benevolent Trust.

Charity Number: 518806
Company Number: 01944414

BASIC exists to serve people recovering from a traumatic brain injury or neurological illness. The organisation specialises in rehabilitation services for people and their families who are recovering from stroke, head and spinal injury, brain haemorrhage, brain tumour or similar injury/condition.

Contact Information
554 Eccles New Rd
M5 5AP

Support Offered

Mental health services
Physical rehabilitation services
Cognitive rehabilitation services
Vocational support services
Complimentary therapies
Benefits and welfare rights advice
Social and therapeutic activities

Company Number: 08217815

Battling-On has developed a number of programmes that provide activities, training, support, and wrap-around care to armed forces veterans. Battling On provides mentorship and, where necessary, individualised support for veterans with mental health difficulties and long-term health conditions, with the aim of helping the veteran to improve their confidence and self-esteem and, where appropriate, return to full time employment.

Contact Information
Merryhue Farm
PL17 7HW

Support Offered

Links to Counselling, financial and mental health support systems.
Green space interventions to improve mental wellbeing.
Direct educational support for functional skills and outdoor education Courses.

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