Benevolence

The Officers' Association provides help and support to former Officers of the Armed Forces and their dependants on a variety of matters related to Benevolence.

The OA will consider applications for financial assistance, providing eligibility rules have been satisfied. Financial assistance is means tested and we are not able to replace Local Authority statutory obligations but the OA Benevolence Committee will consider each case on its own merits.

If we are not able to assist financially we can advise and steer you towards other organisations which may be able to do so.

How we can help

If you are experiencing financial difficulties because of an unexpected need, or if circumstances are making it particularly difficult to manage, we may be able to offer financial help. The financial help may give:

  • An annual allowance to cover food and clothing
  • Help towards disability aids
  • One-off help towards white or brown goods
  • Care home top-up fees

The OA aims to deal with all applications sensitively, promptly and in confidence. We will arrange home visits by volunteer case workers, often former Officers themselves, who will forward reports to the OA Benevolence Department for the Benevolence Committee to consider the award of grants or other assistance.

We can also guide you to services and advice to help with things that we all face from time-to-time, for example: applying for benefits, legal issues, relationship difficulties, caring responsibilities, loneliness, stress and anxiety. We know that one problem can lead to another, so we look at the whole picture.

If you think you may be eligible for help from the OA, please contact us.