The DLI Association South Shields branch is unfortunatly not in a position to directly support members financially so it is therefore very important that we are up front and honest about what we can and can not achieve at this time.
This Welfare page has been set up so we can inform members and their families of what we can/will do on being informed of the sad news that one our veterans/members has passed away, but also on this page we will update our veterans with the current Rifles RHQ procedures for seeking assistance as well as the links to some of the main organisations within the United Kingdom that can provide possible further assistance and valuable help.
In the event of a branch member passing away we would kindly ask their family to let us know asap please so that we can forward the news on to branch members and if appropriate those that they served with if also. We appreciate that is a very difficult time for all family and friends, but if we can receive their full name, date of passing and any additional details that you wish to pass on at this stage, we would be very grateful.
We would also kindly ask that details of the funeral be passed on to us as early as possible please so that branch members and veterans can make arrangements to attend, with the families kind permission.
If you wish to inform us of a branch member passing please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting us using the form within our contact page.
The following is what the South Shields Branch of the DLI Association can provide with the families permission, subject to availability and timings.
We require as much notice as possible please for sending out the Wreath/Drape and our policy is to send them straight to the Funeral Directors so that families are not caused any additional stress, to that end we require the full name and address of the Funeral Directors asap please.
*Should families request the use of the branch Coffin Drape the DLI Association South Shields will enclose a pre-paid return mailing bag for the funeral directors to use for posting the drape back to us at the earliest opportunity, this is done so that families do not have to worry about it’s return at such a difficult time.
**If requested we will also do our upmost to make the Branch Standard available as we only have the one, but when this is not possible we will contact the nearest Durham Light Infantry/Light Infantry Branch Association to see if their standard is available. Please remember that as the years roll on and our numbers become fewer that this will become more difficult to organise.
Should the family like to engage a bugler to sound Last Post we can put them in touch with The Buglers Association.
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, Royal Green Jackets and Devon and Dorsets. 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 at RHQ Winchester on 01962 828523 (email email@example.com) or you nearest Rifles office.
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
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 be put 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
SSAFA 0845 241 7141 – SSAFA website www.ssafa.org.uk
RBL website www.britishlegion.org.uk – TRBL Helpline 0808 802 8080 (free from UK landlines and main mobile networks).
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