The Royal Naval Association – Wellbeing Programme Assistant


About the Royal Naval Association

The RNA is a rank-free membership organisation primarily for serving and former serving RN personnel and their families who are proud of their Naval Service. With our central tenets of Unity, Loyalty, Patriotism and Comradeship and most importantly fun, we seek to maintain the naval ethos and enjoy sharing experiences with like-minded people while supporting each other when needed. The RNA was established in 1950 and was recognised with a Royal Charter in 1954.

Never more so has the wellbeing of our members been at the forefront of our endeavours and the recent challenges we have all faced with the Covid pandemic steels our resolve to look out for each other and deliver wellbeing programmes which meet the identified needs of our membership.

The Wellbeing Programme Assistant (WPA) is a new role and will be an integral part of a small team reporting into the General Secretary (CEO) through the Wellbeing Programme Manager.  Start date negotiable, preferred early 2022.

Job Details

  • Job Title: Wellbeing Programme Assistant (WPA)
  • Location: RNA Central Office, HMNB Portsmouth (occasional travel and overnight stays may be necessary to support events around the UK) Working from home possibilities
  • Status: Full time – 37.5 hrs
  • Salary: £26,000 – £28,000 (depending on skills and experience)
  • Benefits: 10% employer pension contribution
  • Holiday: 30 working days plus 8 Public/Bank holidays
  • Reporting to: General Secretary (Chief Executive)

Role Overview

The Association is seeking to recruit an experienced Wellbeing/Welfare Projects Assistant, possessing a broad range of skills, who is; well-motivated, adaptable, versatile, can act independently, has established connections within the Naval family and possesses Office, IT, and comprehensive administration skills. Project Semaphore requires knowledge of iPad functionality and the ability to support beneficiaries and volunteers in their use. The WPA will be required to source and purchase consumables paying attention to budgeting and management of the project fund. Finally, it would be essential that the WPA should have sound knowledge of the Naval Service and a compassionate and patient approach when dealing with RNA members, who may be unfamiliar with the range of help and support available. Organised and flexible, with a focus on Area, Branch, and individual member requirements.

WPA Role Responsibilities

  • Assist the Wellbeing Programme Manager in developing and delivering robust Wellbeing Programmes to RNA members – currently Project Sparko and Project Semaphore with additional projects being explored
  • Act as point of contact for beneficiaries for RNA Wellbeing Projects, promoting and encouraging participation
  • Support data and statistical analysis gathering for monitoring purposes and the creation of Impact Reports / external funding reports / annual reports
  • Support delivery of the Welfare Seminar to RNA Welfare Officers
  • Support regular RNA National and ad hoc events
  • Attend project planning meetings with external partners
  • Provide admin support to the CEO especially in regard to Wellbeing Programme development

Skills and Knowledge


  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, together with a courteous, flexible, and helpful approach to engaging with people at all levels.
  • Ability to work flexibly on own initiative without supervision when required, and to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines.
  • Organised approach to work, with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload, prioritise tasks, and deliver work to agreed deadlines.
  • Ability to take the initiative, be creative, and solution focused.
  • Strong IT skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint),
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and good team working skills.
  • A pride in and respect for the Royal Navy and an appreciation of its traditions, characteristics, and workings.
  • Willingness and ability to deputise for the Wellbeing Programme Manager when required.


  • Awareness and understanding of the role of charitable trusts and foundations
  • An understanding of, and empathy with the work of the Service Charities.
  • Knowledge of Royal Navy and possessing strong Navy wide contacts.
  • Knowledge of Data Based systems/Project Management systems (Prince2)

Personal Attributes

  • Person-centred approach
  • Good sense of humour
  • Effective listener
  • Enthusiasm
  • Integrity
  • Intellect
  • Sound work ethic
  • Determination
  • Flexibility
  • Cultural and inter-personal awareness and sensitivity
  • Initiative, subtlety, and the ability to work collaboratively

How to apply

We invite interested candidates, who meet the requirements, to email their applications. Applications must include:

  1. A Supporting Statement explaining how your skills and experience fit the role.
  2. A CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) specifying your qualifications, education, and relevant work experience.

Email your application to

Closing date:         10 Dec 2021 with a view to interview Wed 15 Dec 21

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