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The Ulster Defence Regiment The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) Benevolent Fund was established as a charitable trust in 1972 with the aim of providing grants paid out immediately to bereaved families and to help serving and ex-soldiers and their families in need, primarily but not solely as a result of their UDR service.More.........
The Royal Irish Regiment The Royal Irish Benevolent Fund was established as a charitable trust in 1992 on the formation of the Regiment and is similar to that of the UDR Benevolent Fund. 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 R IRISH service. The charitable objectives of the Fund as set out in its Trust Deed are:To render aid, financial or otherwise, to soldiers and veterans, their widows and/or dependents who are in needy circumstances or in serious difficulties. Any person who has been a member of the Royal Irish Regiment or any of its predecessor regiments, whether General Service, Home Service or Territorial Army Reservist, together with their dependants are eligible for assistance. To assist veterans to obtain suitable employment in civilian life or to improve their chances of success in their civilian employment To provide opportunities for veterans to keep in touch through organised activities and especially between serving and ex-serving soldiers. To foster and further in whatever way may seem desirable 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 for its long term viability. To ensure that applications for help are genuine, caseworkers from the Aftercare Service Field Teams or staff within Regimental Headquarters will conduct an assessment of need. An application for support may then be submitted to the Trustees, who will exercise the 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 ServiceAn on-going need to reduce the detrimental affects of military service on the ex-UDR and R IRISH (HS) community has led to retention of welfare staff located throughout Northern Ireland in Field Teams.These caring staff provide emotional and moral support and will 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 am individual care package, addressing all 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 their families.
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Signposting As well as our core activities the Aftercare Service offers a signposting service to a range of related organisations and statutory bodies. Since its creation in 2007 The Aftercare Service has built solid relationships and pathways with these bodies that include various military charities, groups and organisations who may be able to offer assistance in areas outside the Aftercare Services remit. There are a wealth of bodies who may be able to assist in your particular circumstances and as the saying goes “If you don’t ask you won’t know” Our trained and experienced caseworkers can assist in this process if appropriate.
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UDR Benevolent Fund
This Fund is managed by a number of Trustees, all of whom were members or close associates of the Regiment. The charitable objectives of the Fund are set out in a Trust Deed, and these are to help former members of the Regiment, their families and dependants, who are in need. Need is not closely defined, and may include financial, medical or advocacy and recognition. It should be noted that the charitable objectives of the Fund are not solely to provide support to the families of members of the Regiment who were murdered or injured. The Trustees have a legal duty of care to ensure that the Fund is managed prudently and effectively in meeting its charitable objectives. To ensure that applications for help are genuine, caseworkers from the Aftercare Service Field Teams will conduct an assessment of need. The Field Teams will then submit an application for support to the Trustees, who will exercise the 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 the Aftercare Service as intermediaries for the Trustees. Applications for benevolent support should be submitted through the Aftercare Service to the Secretary, Ulster Defence Regiment Benevolent Fund.
Medical Services While recognizing the important role played by the National Health Service, a specific medical need has been identified for timely physiotherapy and psychological therapies in response to physical and emotional traumas related to an individual’s military service.This need is being met through engagement by the Aftercare Service of trusted specialist medical service providers who have experience in the treatment of ex-service personnel and, in certain circumstances, their families. When a request for treatment is made the client’s eligibilityto use the service is confirmed, the Aftercare Service Medical Service provider will then invite the client for a clinical assessment to determine their suitability for treatment. Where the client and therapist have agreed together that benefit would be gained from the range of medical services on offer, treatment will commence. All Psychological therapy initial assessments will be made in Belfast with subsequent treatment taking place closer to the client’s home. All 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
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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.