Hub of the UDR and R IRISH (HS) Aftercare Service, this website provides information
about our welfare support services to veterans, their families and other stakeholders in the
veterans’ community. Those eligible for direct support are all former Full Time and Part
Time UDR and R IRISH (HS) soldiers and their dependants. A pilot scheme also exists to
assist other veterans recently discharged from the Army as Wounded, Ill or Sick and
resident in Northern Ireland, however the core client base remains the Regimental family.
For details about eligibility and further information of our services please see our About Uspage or Contact Us if you want to get in touch, or search our Roll Of Honour
if you feel we can assist through our Benevolent funds
The Ulster Defence Regiment The Benevolent Fund exists to provide assistance to those former members of the Regiment and their dependants who are in need, as a consequence of sickness, disability, accident, infirmity, poverty or other adversityMore.........
The Royal Irish Regiment The Royal Irish regiment Benevolent Fund was established as a charitable trust in 1992 on the formation of the Regiment. The aim is to render aid, financial or otherwise, to soldiers and veterans, their widows and/or dependants who are in need or in financial difficulties.More.........
Royal Irish Regiment Benevolent Fund
This fund is managed by a number of Trustees who are either still serving, retired or closely associated with the Royal Irish Regiment and its antecedent formations. All former soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment or any of its predecessor, whether General Service, Home Service or Territorial Army/Reservist, together with their dependants, are eligible for assistance. This might include helping veterans to improve their chances of success in civilian employment, to provide opportunities for veterans to keep in touch through organised activities and to foster and further the well-being of the Regiment. The Trustees have a legal duty of care to ensure that the fund is managed prudently and effectively in meeting its charitable objectives and with due consideration of its long term viability. To ensure that applications for help are properly processed, caseworkers from the Aftercare Service Field Teams or staff from Regimental Headquarters will conduct an assessment of need. An application for support may then be submitted to the Trustees, who will exercise discretion granted to them under the terms of the Trust Deed in deciding whether or not the application meets the fund’s charitable objectives. Support provided by the fund is then administered by RHQ R IRISH or by the Aftercare Service as intermediaries for the Trustees. Applications for benevolent support should be submitted to RHQ R IRISH directly or via the Aftercare Service.
Welfare ServiceOn-going need to reduce the detrimental affects of military service on the ex-UDR and R IRISH (HS) veterans’ community has led to provision of welfare staff based in Field Teams throughout Northern Ireland. These caring professionals provide emotional and moral support and can facilitate access to specialist expertise from across a wide range of statutory bodies and charities, including benevolence funding. Their aim is to provide a confidential, trusted service which supports each veteran or dependant in an individual care package, addressing all their needs in a holistic manner. All ex-UDR and R IRISH (HS) soldiers are eligible for this support, which extends to bereaved parents, widow(er)s, the disabled and dependants.
if you feel we can assist you with welfare services
Signposting As well as core welfare activities the Aftercare Service conducts signposting to a range of partner organisations and statutory bodies. Since its creation in 2007 solid relationships have been forged with various military charities, welfare agencies and organisations which may be able to offer assistance in areas outside the Aftercare Service’s immediate remit. Our trained and experienced caseworkers can advise and assist in this process where appropriate.
if you feel we can assist you with this service
UDR Benevolent Fund
All applications and supporting documentation are accepted without prejudice, and decisions, while at the absolute discretion of the Trustees, are based on need being adequately demonstrated, and the type of assistance requested, being permitted under the Benevolent Fund Trust Deed.An application submitted through the Aftercare Service will be processed by the Benevolent Fund Office with the decision, and any relevant paperwork being returned to the Aftercare Service to enable them to advise the applicant accordingly.
Medical Services While recognizing the important role played by the Health and Social Services, a specific medical response for timely physiotherapy and psychological therapies is available to counter physical and mental conditions caused by or made worse by military service. Engagement is by specialist, trusted medical service providers with experience in the treatment of ex-service personnel and, in certain circumstances, their families. When treatment is requested, the potential client’s eligibility to use the service is confirmed and the Aftercare Service’s Medical Service provider will then invite the client for a clinical assessment to determine their suitability for treatment. Once the client and therapist have together agreed that benefit could be gained from the range of medical services on offer, treatment will commence. All initial assessments for Psychological therapy take place in Belfast with subsequent treatment offered closer to the client’s home. Clients seeking Physiotherapy will be initially assessed at Holywood, however those living outside the Greater Belfast area may be offered subsequent treatment closer to their home.
if you feel we can assist with psychological therapy or physiotherapy
EligibilityThose eligible for direct support comprise former Full Time and Part Time UDR and R IRISH (HS) soldiers and their families where appropriate treatment is not available through normal statutory services (NHS) within a reasonable time scale.Psychological therapy Available to former members were their condition is a direct result or exacerbated by their service eligibility in certain circumstances may extent to members of their immediate family.PhysiotherapyAvailable to former members with a service related injury as a direct result of or exacerbated by their service. In certain circumstances eligibility may be extended to eligible members carers injured in their role as carer.Note this service is not a replacement for the NHS and proof of non-availability from statutory services may be required particularly for physiotherapy.