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Key Highlights for 2018/2019

 

65 Degrees North 

65 Degrees North is a very small organisation, shortly to become a Charity, that invites Wounded, Injured or Sick veterans from our various wars to undertake challenges of different kinds on the basis of Rehabilitation through Adventure. As part of this, with the support from Greenwich Hospital in October, they cycled with four men and one female on the 1,000km Munda Biddi Trail which runs from near Perth in Western Australia, down to Albany on the Southern Ocean. The ride was unsupported, so we carried everything they needed. 

The team consisted of: Tam, ex-Scots Guards and badly wounded in the femur in Afghanistan; Mark an ex-Royal Marine who has a lower leg prosthetic; Amy from the Royal Air Force who suffers from PTSD, Pete a current Royal Marine, Mark another ex-Royal Marine and whose body was crushed twice in accidents.  The expedition caught the attention of the Australian media and featured on ABC six o’clock news.   

 

Soldering On Awards 

Soldiering On Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country, and the diverse people and groups who work together in support of the Armed Forces Community. They aim to encourage support for this remarkable community by celebrating the achievements of the people, teams & businesses within it. Now in their ninth year, they encourage support for this community by recognising the achievements of people, teams and businesses that support it. They highlight the valuable contribution, skills and can-do attitude which serving personnel, veterans and their families bring to society as a whole, along with the diverse group of people, charities and organisations that support them. 

There are thirteen categories in total, honouring a broad range of achievements from Sporting Excellence, Healthcare and Rehabilitation and family Values as well as celebrating those who have taken their military experience and turned it in to a successful business.  This year one of the award categories sponsored by Greenwich Hospital is called The Greenwich Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award. The finalist’s reception was held at the House of Lords on the 13th of February chaired by General, the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL President of Soldiering On Awards. 

 

RBLI- LifeWorks North 

The RBLI LifeWorks programme is a 5-day course which supports veterans and their families with CV writing, job hunting and the transition to the civilian world, or back into work for family members.  LifeWorks has supported more than 1,300 veterans across the UK since the scheme started in 2014.  83% of sign-ups finding employment, training or employment within 12 months.  Almost 80% have physical or mental disabilities, such as loss of limb or post-traumatic stress disorder. 

GH started supporting ‘LifeWorks Families’ in 2015, reaching out to spouses and dependants of ex-serving personnel.  ‘LifeWorks North’ was launched at Hull Guildhall on 17 May 2019, with financial backing from GH and in association with Hull City Council, bringing the scheme to the city for the first time. 

HRH The Princess Royal visits SAIL 

On Friday 2nd November the Princess Royal visited the Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line (SAIL) at their premises in Greenwich and after met with Funders and Partners of SAIL at the Admiral’s House in ORNC, to mark the expansion of this unique and vital service for the seafaring community. This was her second visit to SAIL, the only Citizens Advice for seafarers, and represents a significant milestone in its history since it opened its phone lines in 1996. 

 

 

SAIL (Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line) 

SAIL has advised 895 new RN/RM clients since the start of GH funding in April 2016.  This includes serving and veteran personnel as well as their dependants.  In the latest quarter (see below), 130 new RN/RM clients were advised, the highest number of new clients since the service began, in addition to ongoing advice and casework to existing clients. 

The latest statistics are significantly higher than for previous quarters, and show that the service continues to go from strength to strength, as seen by members of the Charity Strategy Committee on a visit to SAIL in April.  Many clients present with multiple, complex issues which require ongoing casework and support, for example a typical multiple debt case may take over a year to conclude. 

SAIL RN/RM Service - new client numbers         

 

New clients by month     

 

 

March–September 2016 

86 

 

Q4 (October–December) 2016 

55 

 

Q1 (January–March) 2017 

50 

 

Q2 (April–June) 2017 

74 

 

Q3 (July–September) 2017 

91 

 

Q4 (October–December) 2017 

71 

 

Q1 (January–March)2018 

66 

 

Q2 (April–June) 2018 

75 

 

Q3 (July–September) 2018 

95 

 

Q4(October–December) 2018 

102 

 

Q1 (January–March) 2019 

130 

 

     

 TOTAL 

895 

 

 

 

 

 

Client profiling category 

Numbers for Q1 2019 

Totals since start of service 

Serving 

52 

421 

Veteran 

78 

474 

 

 

 

Age 

 

 

  • 17-24 

30 

  • 25-34 

39 

246 

  • 35-49 

41 

281 

  • 50-64 

27 

177 

  • 65-79 

16 

111 

  • 80 and over 

37 

  • Not given 

 

13 

 TOTAL 

130 

895 


The number of clients living in Service Accommodation in Q1 was 34. 

Case study - Julie 

Julie (not her real name) is a widow of a Royal Navy Veteran.  She approached SAIL for advice on inheriting her late husband’s State Retirement Pension.  SAIL advised her on how her husband’s pension could be transferred to her and wrote to the Pension Centre on her behalf. 

The Pension Centre contacted Julie direct and paid almost £4,000 as a backdated payment.  In addition, Julie’s State Retirement Pension increased from £79.25 to £265.55 per week (£272.90 from April 2019) a difference of £193.65 per week or £10,069.80 per annum. 

Julie said that she was really pleased with the outcome and with SAIL’s help. 

HMS Prince of Wales 

As a Charity affiliated to PWLS, GH aims to support the Ship’s Company through funding initiatives to improve their quality of life, education and careers.  This year’s annual Affiliates’ Day attended by GH and other supporting charities and organisations was a rare tour onboard the ship to see the progress being made.  We also had the opportunity to walk up the ski jump which is the launch platform for the F35 Fast Jets (see below) – a walk that few will make, and what an honour to do so.  

 
  • In July 2017 we supported X-Forces to fund Business Start-up Workshop uniquely-tailored for Naval Families.  
 
  • In May 2017 Greenwich Hospital helped Alabare as they provide move-on accommodation for vulnerable seafaring veterans in Gosport. More
 
  • In March Greenwich Hospital was delighted to support the Royal Naval Association (RNA) in its Project Semaphore to provide 600 iPads to Pembrook House. More

  • In June 2016 Greenwich Hospital and RBLI (Royal British Legion Industries) have formed a collaboration to offer training to help ex-service personnel and their spouses. More
  • In March 2015 Greenwich Hospital has produced its first Annual Review Booklet 2014-2015


  • Aged Veterans Counselling - A free counselling and support service for aged veterans, their families and carers. Read more:
 
  • In March 2015 Greenwich Hospital has produced its first Annual Review Booklet 2013-2014. 

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Greenwich Hospital offers naval bursaries to students studying at the University of Greenwich, University of Portsmouth, Newcastle University and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. The students must be serving or retired from Naval Service, or must be children of Serving or retired Naval Service personnel.