A Question on Charities

#1
We have now what seems to me to be hundreds of service charities, Face Book web sites,ect all collecting cash for the serving and ex serving comunity, but where does all this cash go, I have never seen or met any ex squaddy who got any help from other than the RBL, Combat stress, so what do these other organisations do?, and does anyone have any experiance of help from these people,
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

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#3
SSAFA is a bit different in that mostly it blags cash from other sources to pass to its clients, but I have seen SSAFA and Hols4Heroes clients receive stuff they need, so can vouch that money and goods does get through.
 
#4
In the past 3 weeks alone I've managed to source goods and funding from various Regt Assns and TRBL to the tune of £3000, all of which has gone to the clients who came to us.
 

oldbaldy

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#5
Even the two you mention Tropper RBL & Combat Stress get funds from elsewhere.
If TRBL or SSAFA have a case the money may come from a variety of other charities, ABF, Regt Assn etc.
Combat Stress pass welfare work onto SSAFA but to do their work as well as direct fundraising they get grants from RNBT, ABF and RABF etc.
Outside of the main ones you may know have a look at the COBSEO site:
http://www.cobseo.org.uk/serviceorgs.html

Anyone on there is doing good work in their chosen field and each many have a different aim.
If you want a good example have a look at Veterans Aid:
http://www.veterans-aid.net/
 
#6
I really meant these facebook sites like "Maximum respect," and this" PTSD worldwide," they seem to be cropping up all over the web claiming to help ex servicemen but when questioned block you from the site, I am very freindly with the local RBL/SAFA people but no one seems to know whats going on with all these others, are they doing any good or are, as I think some are a CON
 
#7
See what you mean; if something is new it's by definition not had much of a chance to prove its worth.

But small can be beautiful: for example the "Not Forgotten" Association, which helped c.9000 pax last year - its remit is to provide comforts and entertainment (great providers of TVs and licences). Usually take referrals from SSAFA and other service charities with caseworkers.
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

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#8
I'd say be a bit wary of the ones on Facebook, as they may or may not be legit.

But then I do a bit for Hols for Heroes, and we're not a regulated charity!

It's all about trust, and knowing who to trust. Strangers on the Internet - not until they've proved trustworth, is my advice.
 
#10
Oh, Mr. Spanish-Dave, I certainly trust you!!!!
 
#12
Not wearing that cap, though ;-)
 

oldbaldy

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#13
tropper66 said:
I really meant these facebook sites like "Maximum respect," and this" PTSD worldwide," they seem to be cropping up all over the web claiming to help ex servicemen but when questioned block you from the site, I am very freindly with the local RBL/SAFA people but no one seems to know whats going on with all these others, are they doing any good or are, as I think some are a CON
Your right Tropper, I would say if your doing something stay with either a well known national charity or a local one where you know and trust the individuals involved or can easily trace them.
 

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