There are numerous charities offering support and assistance to Royal Naval and Royal Marines families. Charities can offer guidance and advice on a range of matters, and can provide financial support through grants or loans to those that meet their eligibility criteria. If you require assistance, but do not know which charity would be best placed to support your circumstances, contact the NFF office and we can advise.
Here are some of the main Service charities:
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT)
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust provides wide ranging financial assistance to serving and ex-serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their dependants. Where there is a need they can issue grants to assist in a very wide variety of circumstances, including help towards living expenses and job training. The trust can also offer advice on many welfare and naval matters. For more information on the services they offer please visit their website.
The Royal British Legion (TRBL)
The Legion is a membership organisation that helps serving and ex-Service personnel and their families, providing various welfare services and their own helpline and information service; Legionline. The Legion can provide short and long-term care in their Poppy Homes or short holiday breaks at their Poppy Break Centres. They can provide funds in a temporary crisis and operate a free handy-person service to those unable to carry out small repairs and alterations in their homes. For more information on the services of the Royal British Legion please visit their website.
The White Ensign Association
The White Ensign Association is a registered Naval charity, which aims to provide guidance to all Service and ex-Service personnel of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, their Reserves and to spouses and dependants. The association can advise on personal administration, finance, resettlement and employment on an unbiased, confidential and free basis. For more information please visit the Association’s website.
The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC)
The RNRMC is the Naval Service’s charity for the 21st Century, providing a single focus for Naval Service charity and as such, is a signpost for all co-existing Naval Charities. Its charitable purposes cover both benevolence and the promotion of efficiency, supporting the men and women who are serving, or have served in the Naval Service and their families and dependants under the overarching purpose to enhance their quality of life. Click here to visit their website.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund
The Children’s Fund provides direct support to children whose parents work, or have worked, for the Naval Service. They offer assistance in many areas including childcare, special needs education, days out and in-home support in times of crisis. If a child’s needs fall outside the fund’s areas of specialism they work in conjunction with other charities to provide total care packages. For more information on their services please visit their website.
SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association)
SSAFA support those who serve in the Armed Forces and those who used to serve – even if it was only for a single day. They also care for the families of both. They provide services that reflect the financial, practical and emotional issues which people face today. SSAFA is freely available to virtually everybody with a Service connection. SSAFA is independent of the military Chain of Command and aims to provide factual information or signposting. SSAFA operate a confidential support line called Forcesline. To find your nearest SSAFA branch, please visit their website.