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1LI Association

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 Welfare

The 1LI Association at this time is sadly not in a position to directly support members financially although we hope that this may change in the future with the support of donations or bequests from former members of the battalion and their families. It is therefore very important that we are up front and honest about what we can and can not achieve at this time which is why we have set up this Welfare page.


Detailed on this page are various peices of information, as well as links to a number of organisations, to enable former members of The Light Infantry to be able to seek assistance and advice with the first port of call being SSAFA, so please look at the procedure that has been set out by The Rifles further down this page to get you started.


Also detailed below is what the 1LI Association can offer the families of battalion members that sadly pass away and although we would like to be able to do more we hope that it will be of some help to them should they require it.

1LI Funerals

In the event of a battalion member passing away families can, if they wish, ask for assistance with regards to any of the offers of support that are listed below. We would ask that family or friends contact Alan Tamblyn in the first instance and as early as possible so that we can do our best to provide what is being asked of us.

Alan is our Welfare Coordinator and also a Committee member of the 1LI Association and can be contacted by e-mail by clicking HERE.

The following is what the 1LI Association can provide, with the families permission, or assist with subject to availability and timings.


We can provide:

* Battalion Poppy Wreath

* Battalion Coffin Drape

* The Management of any Online Donations/Collections for the families chosen charity


If requested we will also do our upmost to make the 1LI Standard available, but when this is not possible we will contact the nearest Light Infantry Branch Association to see if their standard is available.


Should the family like to engage a bugler to sound Last Post we can put them in contact with The Buglers Association.

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Gone but never forgotten

Welfare & Benevolence Information/Procedures

We all have times in our lives when we need a little help and even more so as we get older. The good news is that anyone who is serving or has served in the British Armed Forces is entitled to help from a variety of sources. You are never alone!

 

Advice – Serving Personnel

  • If you are serving and require assistance in any way, contact SSAFA Forcesline
  • Forcesline is a free and 100% confidential helpline that is completely independent of the military chain of command. Their experienced civilian staff provide a supportive, listening and signposting service for serving personnel and their families, as well as former members of the Armed Forces.
  • The contact number is 0800 731 4880, remember the call is free and confidential or visit the website: www.ssafa.org.uk/forcesline

 

 

Advice - Veterans


If you feel that you are in need of help or advice then you should contact either SSAFA or The Royal British Legion (TRBL) in the first instance.  Their trained volunteers can provide practical and emotional help if and when you need it. They have a network of local branches, which means that help and advice is always close at hand.

  • Upon contacting SSAFA or TRBL you will put you in touch with one of their experienced advisors. 
  • In some cases the SSAFA or TRBL may decide that further assistance is required at which point they will appoint a caseworker who will visit the individual in their home.
  • The caseworker will meet with the individual and together they will complete a Form A, which provides some basic information about the applicant together with their current circumstances.
  • The caseworker will then distribute the Form A to the relevant Organisations/Regiments to request assistance, the Regiment/Organisation will then respond directly to the caseworker. It should be noted that unfortunately neither Organisations nor Regiments are able to deal directly with individuals

 

Contact Details

 

The Rifles Benevolent Trust

 

The Rifles Benevolent Trust provides help and support to serving members of the Rifles as well as former members of the previous regiments such as the Light Infantry. Unfortunately they are unable to help directly, the first contact has to be through SSAFA or the RBL as above. Once your case has been referred to them, they will be able to provide support.

 

 

If in any doubt of where to go for help please contact The Rifles Welfare Officer Tracy Froud at RHQ Winchester on 01962 828523 or email aregsecinfra@the-rifles.co.uk

 Main Links For Support Agencies/Organisations

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Veterans' Gateway


"The first point of contact for veterans seeking support"


We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.


Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

Our connection with additional key referral organisations – both within and outside the Armed Forces sector – means we can get you to the right organisation who can help.

Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community.

Royal British Legion


The Legion was founded by veterans after the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict, we're still helping today's Service men and women, veterans, and their families in almost every aspect of daily life. We also champion Remembrance, safeguarding the memory of those who have given their lives for our freedom through Remembrance education and events.


Soldiers Sailors & Airmen Famlies Association


We want our Armed Forces (both Regular and Reserves), veterans and their families to know they can depend on SSAFA for support now and for the rest of their lives. Our values mean we are committed, practical and understanding.

SSAFA works in partnership with other military charities and specialist organisations to ensure that those who turn to us for help get the support they need.

Veterans UK


Veterans UK administers the armed forces pension schemes and compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service.

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence.


 

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Army Benevolent Fund


ABF The Soldiers’ Charity are for soldiers, for life. We provide financial assistance to all soldiers and their families when in need. Even when a soldier leaves the Army they are still part of our family and eligible for our help. The scope of our work is huge. Half of our money is given direct to individuals to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, carehome fees and respite breaks. The other half is given as grants to other charities.

Additional Links For Support Agencies/Organisations

(Work in progress with additional links being added as and when).

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Health

Combat Stress     -     Website


Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity. 

Mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages. Right now, we're supporting over 5,400 Veterans aged from 19 to 101. We're a vital lifeline for these men and women, and their families.

Our treatment and support services are always free of charge, and are proven to work.


Helpline No: 0800 138 1619

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Finance

Forces Pension Society     -     Website


Our Pension Advisory Service exists to help Members get the most from their Armed Forces Pensions; we campaign to resolve unfairness within the Armed Forces Pension Schemes (such as loss of widows’ pension on remarriage) and we add value to membership by providing through-life services, generally at discounted rates, from trusted affiliates in areas of Healthcare, Travel, Legal & Financial, Motoring and Personal.

 

 

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Housing

Once We Were Soldiers     -     Website


Once, We Were Soldiers provides support for former serving members of  the British Armed Forces.

Our service is aimed towards homeless veterans, those facing homelessness and veterans that have fallen on hard times.  We will provide support for veterans who have served during ALL former conflicts.

Once, We Were Soldiers is run entirely by volunteers – nobody receives a wage for the important work they do.

Soldiers Off The Street     -     Website


We have been Registered since 26 August 2010 with a dedicated group of people determined to help the forgotten ex service personnel whose lives have been affected by homelessness.

Although the charity in called Soldiers off the Street we do not deal with just soldiers we help all ex-service personnel Army, RAF and RN past and present.

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Miscellaneous

Army of Angels     -     Website


The Army of Angels UK Forces Charity provides direct and indirect support to serving and veterans in the British Armed Forces who have been injured mentally or physically while serving in conflicts, including veterans of the wars in Europe, the Far East, the Falklands and the Gulf. We also support their families and co-dependents.

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All and any Recruitment links can be found on the main "LINKS" page of our website


**Please also note that the 1LI Association has no direct ties to any of the above organisations and that you should be careful and check that any and all organisations are genuine before passing on personal information of any kind.