Royal Signals Welfare Aide-Memoir Background
The Royal Signals Association (RSA) was formed in 1920 at the birth of the Corps from the Royal Engineers. The objects of The Association are: To
provide comfort and relief either generally or individually to past and present signallers and their dependants who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress. To help maintain and improve the efficiency and morale of the Corps by providing contact between past and present signallers and arranging social gatherings for them.
1. One of the objects of the Royal Signals Association is to provide comfort and relief either generally or individually to past and present Signallers and their dependants who are
in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
2. It is the responsibility of the Welfare Section of the Association Headquarters to control expenditure for the purpose of assisting Signallers, their families and dependants and also the families of deceased Signallers who are judged to be in need.
3. All welfare and benevolent matters are co-ordinated by the Welfare Secretary who is a member of Regimental Headquarters Royal Signals. The present Secretary is:
Mrs Jan Cornick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
RHQ Royal Signals
DT11 8RH (Tel: 01258 48 2089 01258 48 2089 Fax: 01258 48 2084
4. There are no hard and fast rules covering eligibility for assistance but the following are considered to be the most eligible:
a. All Signallers, including those who have held commissioned rank, who are serving or have served in the Corps either as regular soldiers or with the TA.
b. All past members of the WRAC who served with the Corps either as regular soldiers or with the TA.
c. The spouses, widows or widowers, and children of all Signallers and past members of the WRAC who are serving or have served with the Corps.
d. Individuals who may be totally dependent on Signallers who are serving or have served in the Corps either as regular soldiers or with the TA. This includes past
members of the WRAC.
6. All applications for assistance MUST be supported by an independent report from a welfare organisation such as SSAFA Forces Help, Royal British Legion, Officers Association. These organisations have case workers who will complete the necessary application form and report and forward them direct to RHQ. RHQ. Royal Signals cannot act without these forms.
7. The application chain is as follows:
a. Step 1.-- Contact Branch Welfare Officer if there is one OR
b. Step 2.-- Contact one of the following organisations:
(1) SSAFA Forces Help
(2) Royal British Legion
(3) Officers Association
(4) British Commonwealth Ex-Services League
(5) War Pensions Agency
c. Step 3.-- If in difficulty contact the Welfare Secretary in RHQ Royal Signals
at Blandford Camp.
8. Applications are examined in RHQ Royal Signals and dealt with in relation
to the amount of assistance being requested:
a. Up to Â£600:00 - General Secretary or Assistant Regimental Secretary.
b. Â£600:00-Â£1200:00 - Welfare Committee comprising: Retired senior officer
(Lt Col and above), Serving Field Officer and Serving NCO.
c. Â£1200:00 + Chairman of the Association.
9. Awards are not made to individuals direct but through the sponsoring organisation.
Help and Advice
10. Help and advice can be obtained from the following:
a. Local SSAFA Forces Help Office (See your local telephone directory)
b. Local Royal British Legion Office
c. Local Citizens Advice Bureau
d. SSAFA Forces Help Central Office 19 Queen Elizabeth Street
London SE1 2LP
Tel: 0171 403 8783 0171 403 8783 Fax: 0171 403 8815
e. The Royal British Legion 49 Pall Mall London SW1Y 5JY
Tel: 0171 973 7200 0171 973 7200 Fax: 0171 973 7399
f. Officers Association 48 Pall Mall London SW1Y 5JY
Tel: 0171 930 0125 0171 930 0125 Fax: 0171 930 9053
g. War Pensions Agency Norcross Blackpool FY5 3WP
Tel: 01253 332206 01253 332206 Fax: 01253 332219
h. British Commonwealth Ex-Services League Haig House 48 Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5JY
Tel: 0171 973 7263 0171 973 7263 Fax: 0171 973 7399
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