From: Brigadier (Retd) I R Liles OBE
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers,
H.M. Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB
Telephone: (Civil) 0203-166-6909
(Military) 94631 6909
Facsimile: (Civil) 0203-166-6920
(Military) 94631 6920
WELFARE AND BENEVOLENCE - THE ROLE OF THE ASSOCIATION
I write to clarify the role of the Fusilier Association regarding welfare
and benevolence for retired Fusiliers, including those from all of the
The role of the Association is primarily to identify retired Fusiliers
who are in need of help. Once this has been done the Association member
should carry out the following actions:
- Obtain the full name and address of the person with a contact
number or email if possible. Find out his service record eg served in
the 2nd Battalion from 1980-92, carried out 2 Tours of Northern Ireland.
- Give firm advice that the person must contact their nearest
RBL or SSAFA outstation. This is necessary because it is the RBL and
SSAFA who will develop the case with trained case workers and are able
to provide support from other specialist agencies should this be required.
SSAFA and RBL always make immediate contact with RHQ and a joint plan
of action is agreed upon for each individual. In many cases it is not
simply a matter of making Fusilier Aid Funds available but developing
a comprehensive plan to get the individual back on track and in employment.
Or, providing other support an individual may need due to illness or
- Inform RHQ, either directly or through the appropriate AHQ,
of the person identified and which Branch of the RBL or SSAFA he has
been advised to contact.
- In exceptional cases, where immediate action is required to
prevent a person being made homeless or to rescue someone from the streets,
RHQ can be contacted directly particularly for emergency financial support.
The Assistant Regimental Secretary is the point of contact.
To some this may seem a laborious and time consuming system but it
is necessary to ensure the Fusilier in need receives the best possible
support and to prevent both fraudulent claims (of which there have been
several attempts in recent years) and to indentify serial claimants who
are simply abusing the system.
The Association should also look at establishing a network of local
contacts, many of whom may be retired Fusiliers, who are be willing to
employ Fusiliers who have fallen on hard times. A data base is to be kept
by each Area Secretary.
I hope this clarifies the system and if any Association Member has
ideas about how more might be achieved (within the guidelines given above)
then they should contact their nearest AHQ for forward transmission to
RHQ. The most important and difficult facet is in fact identifying retired
Fusiliers who are genuinely in need. Once this has been achieved a capable
system is in place to provide expert help and advice.
Brigadier (Retd) I R Liles